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Mary's classic Caesar salad

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4-6
From Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites
Making your own croûtons is a great way of using up stale bread. They are perfect in this simple Caesar salad.


  1. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the bread and fry over a high heat for 3–4 minutes until golden-brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Put all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and beat together until smooth with 1–2 tablespoons water.

  3. Toss the romaine lettuce in the dressing and scatter with the toasted croûtons and grated Parmesan.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 slices of day-old white bread, crusts removed, cubed
  • 1 romaine lettuce heart, sliced
  • 30g/1oz Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the dressing

  • 6 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1½ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed
  • a few drops of Worcestershire sauce

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