The dressing is completely key to the wonderfulness of this salad, and you can keep this one in your back pocket for regular Caesar salad days as well. It’s a glorious, sassy concoction of mashed anchovies, egg yolks, garlic, lemon juice, lemon, Parmesan cheese and just enough fresh ground pepper to give it some bite.
The lettuce must be romaine, and you should tear (not cut) it into nice ragged bite sized pieces. The croutons should also be torn into pieces before you bake them up (yes, you are going to make your own croutons for this one…it’s super-easy and so very worth it!), and the same goes for the lobster. All these torn up ingredients mean you will have lots of edges and nooks that will hold your fabulous dressing.
Now the final piece of advice I have on this one (and please trust me on this…we’ve come this far together!) is that you need to toss this salad by hand. That’s right, wash up good and then get your hands in there – they will do a much better job than any tongs in your drawer. I toss all my salads by hand…it just works so much better that way. Gently scoop up from the bottom and mix things up until all your perfect ingredients have a nice amount of that aromatic dressing.
This is of course an amazing special occasion treat, but I tossed it together for the Southern husband on an ordinary Thursday a little while ago, just because he is so dang good to me every single day. That and a string of 90 degree sultry summer days are reason enough for me!