Caesar Salad - C or D?

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Not the world's most pressing concern I acknowledge but humour me....

Caesar dressing: tastes like crap.
Crouton: little pieces of crap.
Lettuce: kinda rules but is really the salad part not the caesar part which is what I object to.

I suspect this is not likely to be the most extensive discussion.

uptoeleven (uptoeleven), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:03 (fourteen years ago) link

classic

RJG (RJG), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Why do people try and put anchovies into a Caesar salad? It's not supposed to have anchovies.

C J (C J), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Why classic? WHY????? C'mon, this is a staple of all restaurant menus no matter how big or small, posh or scummy (the restaurant) and I demand an explanation.

And with anchovies. Jeeeeeesus. Even worse.

uptoeleven (uptoeleven), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Classic. It's true people will always fuck about with classic recipes, but as long as there's Caesar dressing, I'm there.

xpost

Because I think it tastes good?

I'm thinking six, six, six (noodle vague), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Caesar dressing tastes like God.

chap who would dare to be completely sober on the internet (chap), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Man, I'm really on my own on this one aren't I?

uptoeleven (uptoeleven), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Caesar salad rules.

Big Loud Mountain Ape (Big Loud Mountain Ape), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Take store bought caesar and add a little lemon juice, mustard, garlic. ZING!

Rotgutt (Rotgutt), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:19 (fourteen years ago) link

anchovies are optional, I think

I don't think tomatoes or olives or any of the other much they sometimes try to put on is. cucumber??

lettuce, caesar dressing, croutons, parmesan shavings (is this an option or necessary?) and then optional anchovies and chicken

I don't like anchovies but I do like chicken

RJG (RJG), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:21 (fourteen years ago) link

McDonalds have sachets of Paul Newman's Caesar salad dressing for their chicken caesar salads. It leaves a strange greasy/chemically taste in my mouth.

C J (C J), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Wikipedia says "no anchovies" in the original.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar_salad

Big Loud Mountain Ape (Big Loud Mountain Ape), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:27 (fourteen years ago) link

"Why classic? WHY????? C'mon, this is a staple of all restaurant menus no matter how big or small, posh or scummy (the restaurant) and I demand an explanation."

Dude, because it's GR34T of course.

Nathalie (stevie nixed), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:31 (fourteen years ago) link

i've never heard of this anchovy madness. disgusting.

proper caesar salad is, of course, one of the bestest most deliciousest things ever. croutons are AMAZING.

The Lex (The Lex), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:32 (fourteen years ago) link

caesar dressing has anchovy paste in it. i suppose in some places it didn't, and doesn't, but still.

it also has a raw egg! classic.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:41 (fourteen years ago) link

i think the parmesan shavings are totally necessary but whaddo i know.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:42 (fourteen years ago) link

love them

ai lien (kold_krush), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:44 (fourteen years ago) link

it's sort of like the martini of salads; pungent and rockist

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Pungent and Rocket?

I'm thinking six, six, six (noodle vague), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:51 (fourteen years ago) link

i personally love them but i am also equally enamored of the cobb salad's "jam band" approach

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:53 (fourteen years ago) link

caesar salad without parmesan shavings = not worthy to be called caesar salad

The Lex (The Lex), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:54 (fourteen years ago) link

i'm not into caesars at all, but what's even grosser is the WALDORF salad.

jbr not logged in, Tuesday, 14 March 2006 17:43 (fourteen years ago) link

i LOVE LOVE LOVE caesar salad. and the anchovies are supposed to be chopped up and part of the dressing, fules, so that the salty briney does not overpower the delicious garlicky lemoney delicious. my ex used to make teh best caesar dressing (which is really the only challenging part of making a caesar salad.)

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 17:45 (fourteen years ago) link

caeser is classic. Just a touch of the anchovy paste - but it has to be emusified into the creamy goodness to add that certain saltiness. none of this hairy, fishy anchovy body paying on top of the salad. Yeeech!

I just read in two different places that in my area (westside LA) that the caeser is now falling from favor as the #1 salad - and Chinese/Asian chicken salad is taking the #1 spot!

I like them both, but still prefer a good caesar.

Wiggy (Wiggy), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Caesar salad is pretty great. As a vegetarian, I used to not eat it because of the anchovy paste in the dressing, but I've decided I don't really care anymore. I like that such a simple salad can be so flavorful and satisfying. The only dud part is that the last time I got drunk and puked, all I'd had to eat earlier was a Caesar salad -- and that put me off them for a short while.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:26 (fourteen years ago) link

capers can be anchos ina pinch

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:28 (fourteen years ago) link

I JUST GOT ONE FOR LUNCH!!!
YOU GUYS WHO DO NOT LIKE THIS DELICIOUS FLAVOR ARE MENTALISTS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:30 (fourteen years ago) link

A local restaurant, Curly's Vegetarian Lunch, makes vegetarian versions of Caesar Salad and Chicken Caesar Salad made with what they call "home-cured soychovies."

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:35 (fourteen years ago) link

"Soychovies" - the word alone makes my stomach turn.

chap who would dare to be completely sober on the internet (chap), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Chicken caesar salad is pretty tasty. I never knew it had anchovies in the dressing. Also jbr is right, WALDORF SALAD SUX.

sgs (sgs), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 19:11 (fourteen years ago) link

waldorf salad = reggaeton

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 19:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Anchovies on Caesar salad (hell, anchovies on *anything*) are a travesty. What's also a travesty is those restaurants that will serve you a plate of lettuce with some slices of parmesan and a few croutons on it and call it a Caesar salad. Don't give me sliced parmesan - grate that shit! And put some dressing on it for God's sake, Caesar salad wasn't meant to be healthy.

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 19:21 (fourteen years ago) link

chicken salad with red grapes

kephm (kephm), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 19:23 (fourteen years ago) link

anchovies on pizza are kinda classic, i think.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 19:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Attention restaurant owners- This is NOT a Caesar salad:

http://secure.cartsvr.net/product_images/catalog25235/caesar_salad.jpg

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 19:35 (fourteen years ago) link

I kind of secretly admire people who eat anchovies - like I secretly admire anyone who eats gefilte fish or gravlax or other fishy stuff that I'm too squeamish to eat.

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 19:42 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm currently eating a Caesar salad.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 20:11 (fourteen years ago) link

classic coz my grandfather invented the caesar salad

dr lulu (dr lulu), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 20:21 (fourteen years ago) link

total classic.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 20:24 (fourteen years ago) link

totally on my own this one aren't i? how sad. yet i stand tall in the face of a this barrage of opposition.

on a related subject. balsamic vinegar anyone?

uptoeleven (uptoeleven), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 20:52 (fourteen years ago) link

I don;t like ceasar salad, but I have never been offered it without anchovies, which sounds rather lovely.

isadora (isadora), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 20:53 (fourteen years ago) link

I could eat caesar every day for the rest of my life and die happy. Best caesar salad ever was at this Argentinian place in Mexico..waiters made the dressing and salad at the table. Total tastebud orgasm!

ALLAH FROG (Mingus Dew), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 22:58 (fourteen years ago) link

I made myself forget that there are anchovies in Caesar dressing...Thanks for reminding me.

Tape Store (Tape Store), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 23:07 (fourteen years ago) link

50% of people who don't like caesar salad are unable to spell it. FACT!

dr lulu (dr lulu), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 23:09 (fourteen years ago) link

i'm not aware of ever having it with raw egg int he dressing. i thought this is not allowed in the US?

AaronK (AaronK), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 23:31 (fourteen years ago) link

WE ARE THE EGG POLICE

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 23:34 (fourteen years ago) link

i assume you mean in restaurants, AaronK!!

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 23:35 (fourteen years ago) link

Classic! I like a few anchovies on top, actually, but then again I guess we've already established that I sometimes enjoy salty things. There's something about the slight tartness of the dressing and the coolness and wateriness of the lettuce that sets a really good backdrop for the taste of anchovies. (Ha: that makes me think maybe anchovies and celery would be a really great snack combination!)

nabiscothingy, Tuesday, 14 March 2006 23:36 (fourteen years ago) link

So classic that you can see how someone might get the false impression that it's a dud. Indeed, you could almost forgive that person, even though they're wrong.

Pork Cheops (willpie), Wednesday, 15 March 2006 00:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Waldorf salad = classic up until age 12 or so, then dud-ish. I always thought it was so sophisticated (and I didn't even know about the Waldorf-Astoria connection, just the fact of eating a "salad" with walnuts and apples in it sent me over).

Caesar = classic, though frequently appears in dud versions, as noted above. Adding chicken is not original, I believe, but that's a classic update, makes it a meal.

nickn (nickn), Wednesday, 15 March 2006 00:58 (fourteen years ago) link

holy hell people - WHAT ABOUT THE BACON BITS???!!!

Kim (Kim), Wednesday, 15 March 2006 01:41 (fourteen years ago) link

On Caesar salad? I've never heard of such a thing.

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 15 March 2006 01:45 (fourteen years ago) link

oh crap - don't tell me it's a Canadian thing?

Kim (Kim), Wednesday, 15 March 2006 01:51 (fourteen years ago) link

CLASSIC. It's my favorite salad, which I know makes me not very interesting and not very daring in my tastes, but still. It's a fucking Caesar salad.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 15 March 2006 01:54 (fourteen years ago) link


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