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Daddy’s Caesar

That a recipe could be attributed to my father, and circulated for decades among relatives and friends, is something that astounds me.  I found it this summer in a cookbook belonging to my Aunt Ann.

To be fair, I do remember my father making it–once–for the neighborhood block party, celebrating the end of summer, 1975.

We had just moved into the duplex on Connor Road where most of the Captains and new Majors were housed at West Point on the Hudson.  It was the summer my mother left to live with family at the shore.  For a couple months, my physician father was forced to be both provider and parent–the latter a role he had never fully filled.

I remember him filling the bowl full with lettuce.   I remember him grounding the garlic into it first.  I remember the croutons and the Parmesan.  (I don’t remember the anchovies.)

I still have that big brown wooden bowl which is usually filled with popcorn in my home, as it often was when I was a child.

The bowl belonged to my Nana Lila–who was a well known cook–and perhaps it was from her that my father  inherited this renown  family recipe for Caesar Salad.

Kelly Salasin

Dr. Salasin’s Caesar Salad

1 clove garlic

4 anchovies

juice of one lemon

mix in dash Worcestershire

dash dry mustard

2T olive oil

15 leaves lettuce romaine

1T parmesean


salt and pepper



Lifelong educator, writer, yoga & yogadance instructor.

3 thoughts on “Daddy’s Caesar

  1. Thanks for remembering the caesar salad….. I suspect that the original recipe was not your grandmother’s, but, rather, the work of Joe Ellis, owner of Joe Ellis’ Gourmet Inn in Anglesea, New Jersey….a small room devouted to fine French cooking and a restuarant that both your dad and your most handsome uncle worked for several summers…both, I think, as busboys for a year, then tuxedo waiters for several summers….making and serving the caesar salad tableside. In those days, the near raw egg whites were added to the tender romaine and tossed as a glaze. This is the real deal.


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