"There are lots of add-ons you can add to ceasar salad recipes to make them into full meals."
Adding sliced/cubed chicken or steak to this salad is quite popular. See This Chicken Caesar Salad. Seafood is a very popular add-on. Shrimp, prawns, crab, lobster and scallops are the favorite shellfish.
Salmon and halibut are good fish add-ons. The best thing about seafood is that one will usually complement the other, so you can add as many different ones as you like.
Whatever seafood or seafood combo you use, make sure it's been handled properly(fresh-frozen,properly refrigerated etc.)
Any kind of smoked seafood really adds flavour. Smoked salmon is the most popular and easiest to find. Canned smoked shellfish such as oysters, mussels, and scallops are an alternative but these are very rich, strong tasting, and definately an aquired taste.
All these ingredients can be added hot or cold, usually on top of the salad right after the dressing is added.
Here is The Basic Recipe:
1/2 cup olive or other salad oil
1 clove garlic(crushed)
1/2 can anchovies or anchovie paste to taste(optional)
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vinegar(regular or flavored)
Gently wash wash a few leaves of lettuce in a bowl of cold water. Dry the lettuce in a clean dishtowel or salad spinner.
Gently break the leaves into slightly larger than bite-size pieces and put into bowl.
In a mixing bowl add the dressing ingredients and mix with a whisk or electric mixer.
Add parmesan cheese and croutons to the lettuce and gently toss. Add dressing just before serving.
Add dressing sparingly, gently tossing salad until the leaves are barely coated.
This is the finished basic salad. If you are adding any meat or seafood to this either mix it in to coat with dressing or lay it on top of the salad and drizzle a little dressing on it.
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