Learn how to make Caesar Salad with this instructional video guide - Finishing Touches
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Robert Nassar: Hello, I am Robert Nassar from Dinner Done. Today, we are making a Caesar salad. This video is going to show you how to put it all together. You’re going to notice that I’ve got these white latex gloves on. And the reason for that is, when we put the salad with the dressing together, I like to mix it all by hand, and your guests might feel lot more comfortable if you did it with gloves on as opposed to your bare hands. And for some of you, you just might be more comfortable doing it this way. By all means, if you don’t want to use your hands, use a spoon and a fork, and mix it the regular way.
What we are going to start out with, is romaine lettuce. Now, romaine lettuce is the standard lettuce for Caesar salad. You can definitely use your standard iceberg lettuce if you’d like, that’s fine. But true Caesar salad is always been made with fresh romaine lettuce. You need to wash your lettuce very well, as it is a vegetable that grows very close to the ground and always has sand and grit in it. And you definitely don’t want that to be a part of your awesome Caesar salad.
So, to start off with, take your knife and cut the bottoms off of your heads of romaine lettuce. And then, using a salad spinner, you can break the lettuce with your hands into bite-sized pieces, like so. And the reason we don’t use a knife is, you don’t want to get the lettuce to turn brown or oxidized, as it can happen a few minutes after you’ve used the knife on it.
Once you’ve got your lettuce cut in the bite-sized chunks, you are going to take this basket and run it through cold running water. Make sure that you get all the sand and all the grit and all the bad stuff out of there. Bring it back from the sink and put it in your spinner. If you don’t have a salad spinner, go ahead and lay your pieces of romaine lettuce right onto a dry towel, paper towel, cloth towel. The trick here and its very important, is that the lettuce be as dry as possible. Go ahead and give it a couple of good spins until all the water has been expelled. And once that has been done, you are going to take your lettuce, and incorporate it into the dressing that we made in the previous clip.
Take it a bit at a time, no need to go overboard. And if you are going to use your hands, go ahead, and run that lettuce all through that dressing. Make sure that it gets covered well. Which is why I like to use my hands, because that’s a pretty thick dressing we’ve got going there folks. Now, we get the rest of the lettuce in there. Again, mix it well, and once its very well covered, its time to serve. This is not a salad that you want to leave sitting around in the fridge. This is one of those that you make on the spot, and serve it at the dinner table right away. The way to finish our salad off; take a little bit of grated parmesan cheese, and just sprinkle it on top to taste. Or if you would like to, you can serve a little bit of it on your dinner table and let your guests or your family put as much or as little as they want, and then get some good quality croutons, toss those on top, and now you’ve got the makings of a great Caesar salad.