Deconstructed​ Caesar Salad

This is an all-star super easy take on a Caesar salad.  It is perfect for mid-week when you are in a rush, haven’t prepped anything and literally want to make an easy salad right into the salad bowl.  It’s a riff on a Caesar and one that you will love.  I use those little baby gem lettuces that need no babysitting or to be fussed with.


Deconstruted Caesar Salad

Servings 4


  • About 20-30 small romaine leaves*
  • About 2 cups shaved parmesan Reggiano
  • Kosher or Maldon salt
  • Plenty of freshly ground coarse pepper


  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup white or apple balsamic
  • ½ clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


  • Lay the lettuce leaves on a platter.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the leaves (you won’t need it all, save it for a few days.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper over the dressed leaves.
  • Sprinkle with the shaved parmesan cheese.


*I’m not a big fan of washing lettuce.  I buy the organic box of washed romaine leaves or those little baby gems.  They are more expensive than buying a head of romaine, but I justify it by saying that my time is more valuable! (and that I am only using the smaller inner leaves)!