Don't get me wrong, I love traditional Caesar salad, but it could definitely use a bit of fortifying sometimes. This post is mostly to share my homemade dressing recipe, but I'll also offer some ideas for branching out from romaine, Parmesan, and croutons.
I warn you, I never measure when making this dressing, so feel free to adjust the measurements to taste. Update: I measured tonight following what I wrote down. It was just about right!
Caesar Salad Dressing
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbs. champagne vinegar (white wine vinegar would work as well)
1 tbs. olive oil
~ 1/2 tsp honey (Don't measure it - just a litle "blop")
Juice of half a lemon
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
Whisk it all together in a bowl...viola. The longer it melds before dressing the salad the better it gets. I made mine around 3:00 PM the other day and by dinner at 6:30 it was perfect.
These things pair nicely with Caesar dressing and can make the classic dish a bit more exciting.
Replace the empty, watery romaine with:
Mixed baby romaines (The dark kind with purples in it)
Replace croutons with:
Toasted almond slivers
Add for extra crunch and flavor:
Roasted Brussels sprouts
Dried cherries or cranberries
Chickpeas (cooked well - I would cook chickpeas from a can a little bit too to soften them)