Mighty Croutons for a Mighty Caesar Salad

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Mighty Croutons for a Mighty Caesar Salad
The croutons are a great staple to have on hand. Use your favorite OMM bread, cut into cubes, toss with seasonings and bake until completely crisp. Then hold in an airtight container at room temp for up to a couple of weeks. The dressing here is quick and easy: mayo doctored with lemon and seasonings. Turn this salad into a meal by adding some roasted chicken or grilled vegetables. Mighty Croutons for a Mighty Caesar Salad

For the croutons:
8 slices OMM bread (Everything is my favorite for this Caesar), cut into ½-inch cubes 
3 Tbs. olive oil 
½ tsp. garlic powder (optional) 
Kosher salt  

For the dressing:
1 cup mayonnaise 
2 oz. shaved Parmigiano Reggiano  
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice plus 1 tsp. Zest  
1 garlic clove, minced  
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce  
Kosher salt  

For the salad:
2 Romaine hearts, cut into 2-inch pieces, washed and spun dry  
4 oz Parmigiano Reggiano, shaved into curls  

1. To make the croutons, heat the oven to 375F or set the air fryer to medium high.  In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with the oil, garlic powder (if using), and ½ tsp. salt. Transfer to a large, rimmed baking sheet or to the air fryer and bake, tossing occasionally, until the croutons brown and crisp through. This will take about 10 minutes in the air fryer or 20 minutes in the oven. Let them cool to room temperature. If making ahead, store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.   

2. To make the dressing, add all of the ingredients plus ½ tsp. each salt and pepper to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. 

3. To make the salad, in a large bowl, toss the Romaine with the Parmigiano, the croutons and half of the dressing. Distribute dressed greens on 4 plates, drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve. 


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