Had an appetite for healthy food this morning so decided to go for a homemade Caesar salad for lunch (ate too much cake yesterday).
Did you know, the Caesar salad originated in Mexico! And it isn’t named after the Roman emperor Julius Caesar.
(Extract from the huffington post):
“Legend has it that Italian-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini invented the salad in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico. According to The Telegraph, Cardini owned a restaurant in the tourist destination to “attract Americans frustrated by Prohibition.” The exact story is disputed, but the general consensus is that over Fourth of July weekend, Cardini threw together a bunch of ingredients he had on hand and served his concoction to his friends. Needless to say, the improvised dish caught on.”
For our Caesar salad (chicken excluded of course) we used:
baby leaf lettuce
parmesan cheese (shavings)
foccacia bread broken into chunks, tossed in olive oil and crisped into croutons in the oven (about 10 mins on a high heat)- any bread can be used (French stick is good)
Not much else to it really. Lettuce on the plate first then layer the rest however you like, and top with a salad dressing of your choice.
quick, easy and tasty.