Southwestern Caesar Salad
From Cook's Country
Caesar salad recipes are pretty straightforward, but we wanted to jazz up this classic recipe with unexpected Southwestern flavors. Replacing the anchovies and lemon juice in our favorite Caesar dressing recipe with canned chipotles chiles and lime juice balanced its richness and gave us a cohesive dressing for our recipe. We also used sour cream for the dressing’s base instead of raw eggs—it tamed the chiles’ punch and added the requisite creamy consistency. Making croutons using some of the adobo sauce from the can of chipotles gave us a smoky, garlicky garnish that paired perfectly with the bright flavors of our Southwestern Caesar Salad.
Serves 6 to 8
Mild olive oil (not extra-virgin) works best here. Chipotle chiles are smoked jalapeños; look for them canned and packed in adobo sauce.
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