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Jun 18, 2007 08:33 AM

caesar salad - store bought or home made?

ok- i am sure the answer to this question is always home made. however, i don't have a lot of time, and I was hoping to buy the store bought bag for caesar salads that includes the dressing and everything all ready to go. however, i have never tried this. is this just a huge mistake?

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  1. Why not just get some Romaine Lettuce, a bag of croutons and a good Caesar dressing? That way, you can't go wrong. I don't think it would take too much time to wash and prepare the lettuce. Good Luck

    1. There is a middle ground that is way better than the store-bought that is hardly any work at all. I pour a few ounces of Paul Newman Caesar dressing into a cup and turbocharge it with a pressed elephant garlic clove, a 2-3 inch squeeze of anchovy paste, a healthy sprinkle of coarse romano and a little lemon juice. Get large sized croutons. The pre-packaged romaine -the whole heads, usually 3 in a bag - is pretty good because it has mostly the lighter green heart leaves. This is my "death - by - garlic Caesar salad" in my profile; don't let on how easy it is!

      1. I never buy the bagged stuff (except for slaw mix for some odd reason). I find it too expensive and there is so much waste with it and I always want to clean it again. I really got turned off when I found a squashed fly in a bag of lettuec mix.

        1. I never buy bagged salads. The bacteria levels are far higher than buying a head of lettuce and cleaning it myself. I've never bought caesar salad dressing either, I dislike the odd flavors from preservatives. Sorry not to be more encouraging.

          1. Dole came out with the first bagged Caesar kit in the nineties and I still buy them for too pooped to make dinner nights. Only then regular Dole, no other brands or low fat varieties and be sure to check the sell by date. Also good for lunch in the office - this is where i discovered it in the first place.