One of my favourite salads is Caesar salad, said to have originated in the United States in the 1920’s and characterised by an amazing, creamy dressing loaded with garlic. There are lots of different recipes for Caesar salad dressing, incorporating ingredients such as the afore-mentioned garlic, parmesan cheese, anchovies – or Worcestershire Sauce to imitate their flavour – and egg yolk or coddled eggs. Because of its fabulous blending power, your Thermomix is the perfect tool to make a wonderfully creamy, emulsified sauce according to your favourite recipe.
My current favourite Caesar Salad dressing recipe comes from “Everyday Cooking for Every Family,” a versatile collection of recipes included with every Thermomix TM31 purchased from Thermomix Australia. It very cleverly uses mayonnaise (prepared in your Thermomix, of course) as a quick, creamy base. I have slightly modified the method according to my own Thermomix logic and combined a couple of steps. Here we go!
Caesar Salad Dressing
Based on a recipe from Thermomix Australia’s “Everyday Cooking for Every Family,” also available to order from UK Thermomix. Can be made ahead; bring to room temperature and re-whisk before serving. Keeps for 2 weeks covered in the refrigerator.
1 clove garlic
3 Anchovy fillets
50 g Parmesan cheese, in two or three chunks
50 g mayonnaise (made ahead of time in your Thermomix!)
40 g lemon juice (from 1 or 2 lemons)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
80 g olive oil
- Peel the garlic in your Thermomix, 4 seconds/Reverse Blade Function/Speed 4 ½ and leave it in the bowl. Drop Anchovy fillets and Parmesan chunks onto the running blades at Speed 9 and process 10 seconds or until you no longer hear the Parmesan bumping around the bowl. Scrapes sides of bowl with Thermomix spatula.
- Insert Butterfly whisk. Weigh and add mayonnaise, lemon juice and mustard into Thermomix bowl and whisk 1 minute/Speed 4.
- Place a jug onto the lid of your Thermomix and weigh in the olive oil. Place the Measuring Cup closed end up onto the lid and with the Thermomix running at Speed 4, slowly pour the oil over the measuring cup, letting it trickle through the gap into the bowl and emulsify into your Caesar Salad Dressing. Thermomix Australia tip: Adding oil too quickly may result in dressing splitting.
That’s it! Just scrape the dressing out of your bowl and enjoy its deep, creamy taste on your salad ingredients.
Bon appétit !