Southwestern Caesar Salad
Caesar salad-the classic combination of romaine lettuce drizzled with a creamy dressing flavored with garlic, anchovy, Worcestershire, lemon, and Parmesan cheese and topped with seasoned croutons-was invented in Mexico, not Italy. We add a twist to bring this salad closer to its geographic roots.
Why This Recipe Works
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.