A day early: Cimply Ceasar Calad

Before I forget, everybody wish Mr. Mackerelsnapper a happy birthday, which is the eve of the Ides of March. 

Now, back to the cooking.  Yesterday was spent out in the garden–rather, making gardens out of raised patches of watered-down weeds while a toddler wreaked outdoor havoc nearby (she was actually relatively well-behaved and independent).  Also, it was hot.  I had been scheduled to make calzones, but the thought of doing that much kneading and then heating up the kitchen with that much oven was daunting.  I dug in the freezer, found a 99 cent pack of steam-in-bag cheese ravioli, and that was our entree.  However, the salad took the cake (ha!) at this meal. 

Cimply Ceasar Calad
1 c mayonnaise
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 c parmesan cheese + more for the actual salad
3 T Worcestershire sauce (I bet you could make this vegan with HP Brown Sauce)
2 T dijon mustard
1 T minced garlic
1 t black pepper (more or less to taste–we like more)
1 heart of romaine lettuce, sliced and rinsed
1 c croutons

Whisk or shake first seven ingredients together until well-blended.  Just before serving, pour about half of the dressing over the lettuce and toss together with croutons.  Save the other half of the dressing for another salad, for dipping vegetables, for brushing over grilled chicken, and so on. 

A Lenten/vegan note about Worcestershire sauce:  I had always thought it was made with beef broth.  Turns out its anchovy paste.  So, it’s free of flesh-meat, but I am interested in trying this dressing recipe with HP some time.  I’ve used that as a sub for Worcestershire in homemade barbecue sauce with success, so I can’t see why it wouldn’t make this Ceasar entirely bloodless. 

Oh, goodness, I almost forgot!  Use vegan mayo if you’re aiming for egg-free!

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About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

2 Responses to A day early: Cimply Ceasar Calad

  1. Pingback: A Word on Lunches « Mrs. Mackerelsnapper, OP

  2. Pingback: Lenten Challenge 2013 Day 28: Salmie Sammies and Ceasar Salad | Mrs. Mackerelsnapper, OP

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