We tamed the strong flavors in this classic dressing to create a lighter, brighter, and more balanced salad. Cool, creamy mayonnaise tempers the sharpness of the anchovy, lemon, and garlic in this updated classic.
Why This Recipe Works
In most Caesar salad recipes, the forceful flavors run out of control, resulting in a dressing that tastes fishy, too garlicky, or just plain sour. We wanted to tame the strong flavors in this classic dressing to create a light, bright, and balanced Caesar Salad recipe. Traditional Caesar dressings are thickened with an emulsion of raw egg and oil. For safety reasons, we replaced the egg with mayonnaise, which worked perfectly when thinned with olive oil. Extra-virgin olive oil was too strong in our recipe—tasters preferred the milder flavor of regular olive oil. While some Caesar dressing recipes use up to five anchovies, we found that a mere two provided the welcome depth and flavor complexity we were looking for. Not wanting to go overboard on garlic flavor, we used just one clove in the dressing and made our croutons with fresh bread tossed in mellow-flavored garlic oil.