PizzaVino's Caesar salad with crunchy croutons

PizzaVino's Caesar salad with crunchy croutons (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / July 25, 2013)

1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

Worcestershire sauce

1 egg

1 cup olive oil, more as desired

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Using a mortar and pestle, or in a food processor, grind the garlic and anchovy into a paste.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the garlic-anchovy paste with the lemon zest, red wine vinegar, 1 to 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce and egg. Whisk to combine, then whisk in the lemon juice.

3. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to thicken and emulsify the dressing. Season and adjust the flavoring as desired. This makes about 1 cup dressing, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe. The dressing will keep, covered and refrigerated, for 2 to 3 days.

Caesar salad assembly

12 cups tender romaine leaves (such as Little Gem or baby romaine), washed and drained

1/3 to ½ cup Caesar salad dressing, more as desired

2 to 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Croutons

In a large bowl, toss the romaine leaves with dressing just to coat. Plate the salad on a serving platter or on individual plates. Sprinkle the Parmigiano-Reggiano evenly over the salad, and top with the croutons. Serve immediately.

Each of 6 servings: 342 calories; 4 grams protein; 18 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 29 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 2 grams sugar; 337 mg sodium.

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