Caesar Salad is a classic with the best homemade caesar dressing! This recipe has the best parts like crispy romaine, creamy dressing, nutty parmesan, and flavorful croutons! We also have tips for extras to make this a meal.

caesar salad on a white plate

Caesar Salad

I’m such a caesar salad girl. When I’m at a restaurant and I see it offered as a side it’s always my go-to! It also makes a fabulous light lunch all by itself, rolled up in a wrap or served with chicken. I also crave my Caesar Pasta Salad for lunch all summer long! While there are plenty of delicious variations of this classic salad, you really can’t go wrong with the basics. For this caesar salad recipe, all you need is some romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, and as much caesar dressing as your heart desires! Toss it all together and voila – you have your favorite salad right at home. Of course, for the very BEST results, you’ll want to use some Caesar Dressing!

Keep things fresh and flavorful with more easy salad recipes like Strawberry Spinach Salad, Chopped Italian Salad and Chopped Greek Salad.

How to Make Caesar Salad

  • Prepare the lettuce. Rinse the romaine lettuce with cold water, drain it well, then add it to a large bowl. If you happen to have a salad spinner you can definitely use it! If not, just pat the excess water with a paper towel. 
  • Toss it all together. This is the fun part, of course! Add the parmesan, croutons, and caesar dressing to the bowl with the lettuce. Toss it all together so everything is nicely coated by the dressing. Add more dressing as desired. 
romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese in a bowl

Storing Caesar Salad:

Here’s the deal – once the salad is tossed, it’s best served right away! The lettuce will begin to go limp and wilt if it sits with the dressing for too long. To avoid this, you can toss everything together WITHOUT the dressing and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. 

The good news is that you can make the dressing ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container (by itself) in the fridge for up to 10 days. If you have leftover dressing, use it to make the very best Chicken Caesar Sandwiches!

Serving Suggestions 

Classic caesar salad is delicious all by itself! Of course, you can always roll it up in a large tortilla to turn it into a wrap if you’d like. For more protein, you could always slice up some Grilled Chicken Thighs and serve it on top of your salad. 

If you’d like to serve your caesar salad as a side dish, the entree options are limitless! Just a few of my favorites include Shrimp Scampi, Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs and Air Fryer Salmon. They all compliment homemade caesar salad so perfectly! 

Ingredient Notes

  • Romaine Lettuce – Always rinse your lettuce and pat it dry prior to using it. Sometimes, it can still have dirt or other residue on it from where it was farmed. A salad spinner is always great to keep on hand, but water and paper towels do the trick too!
  • Parmesan Cheese – Freshly grated parmesan cheese has the very best consistency and flavor. However, bagged pre-shredded cheese also works just fine. 
  • Croutons – You can always omit these if you’d like to skip the extra carbs. I just love the crunch they provide! 
  • Caesar Dressing – While you can really use any store-bought bottle you like best, I highly recommend using my Homemade Caesar Dressing. It’s so easy to make and has the most incredible flavor! 
  • Black Pepper – This ingredient is entirely optional. The caesar dressing already has a little pepper in it, but freshly cracked black pepper right on top of this salad really sends it over the top. 
caesar salad in a large serving bowl



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Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad is a classic with the best homemade caesar dressing! This recipe has the best parts like crispy romaine, creamy dressing, nutty parmesan, and flavorful croutons! We also have tips for extras to make this a meal.
Prep 15 minutes
Total 15 minutes
Servings 4



  • Rinse the chopped lettuce and drain it well then add it to a large bowl. (Use a salad spinner if you have one handy or damp off the excess water with paper towels.)
  • Toss in the parmesan and croutons then drizzle in as much dressing as you like and toss to coat.
  • Serve immediately with extra croutons and parmesan cheese if desired.



NOTE:  Click the links in the recipe card to get to the homemade Caesar Dressing and homemade Croutons recipes.
NOTE: This Caesar salad should be served as soon as it is tossed with the dressing. (The lettuce will start to wilt as soon as the dressing is mixed in.) Or it can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 hours without the dressing tossed in.


Serving: 2Cups, Calories: 240kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian
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