Chicory Caesar Salad with Garlic Sourdough Croutons

Chicory Caesar Salad with Garlic Sourdough Croutons

The beloved traditional caesar dressing uses eggs to create its creamy texture, but we like to switch it up with a lighter version here to pair with the texture of chicories. If you’re not into anchovies, you can omit them - the dressing is still delicious without them! You can also mix in some of the grated cheese to the dressing before tossing the salad. 

Serves 4

 

For the garlic croutons 

4-5 slices sourdough bread (about 1 ½” thick)

1 clove garlic, grated

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt

Preheat oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If desired, remove the crust from the bread slices, then cut them lengthwise into 1” strips and tear into bite-size chunks. In a medium bowl, combine grated garlic, olive oil, and a big pinch of salt. Whisk until smooth, then add torn bread and mix thoroughly with your hands so all the garlic oil really gets into the bread. Spread onto prepared baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through for even browning.


For the dressing

2 oil-packed anchovy fillets (optional)

1-2 cloves garlic, grated

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon seeded or dijon mustard

¼ teaspoon salt

Pinch red pepper flakes

¼ cup coarsely chopped parsley (optional)

On a cutting board, mince anchovies and garlic until you’ve created a paste (or use a mortar and pestle if you have one!). Transfer paste to a bowl and add oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt, chili flakes, and parsley (if using) and whisk well to combine. 


For the salad

1 lb. mixed chicories (such as endive, frisée, escarole, and/or radicchio), torn into large pieces

Hard cheese of your choice (Pecorino Romano, Parmesan, etc) 

Freshly ground black pepper

In a large bowl, combine dressing and croutons, and toss to lightly coat. Add chicories and toss (ideally with your hands!) until well mixed. Transfer salad to a platter and serve with shaved or grated cheese and freshly ground black pepper.


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