Caesar Salad

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These homemade garlic and herb croutons really elevate the salad. Crushed pita chips work wonders too!

If you’re a fan of Caesar Salad, you’re in for a treat with this version. It’s got a unique twist inspired by my Arab roots. The dressing with yogurt is light and refreshing, and the tahini adds a delightful nutty flavor. Top it off with some homemade garlic and herb croutons, and you’ve got yourself a winner!

Caesar Salad

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Salad


For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice of 1/2 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the croutons:

  • 14 ounces of your choice of bread cubed (sourdough works great)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • A sprinkle of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

For the salad:

  • 2 whole heads of romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced black olives
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries optional
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • For the dressing, mix together yogurt, mayo, tahini, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, anchovy paste, garlic powder, lemon juice, grated Parmesan, black pepper, and salt in a small bowl until smooth.
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • In a small bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
  • Place the cubed bread on a baking tray, toss it in the olive oil mixture until evenly coated.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the bread is crispy. Then, toss in parsley and grated Parmesan, and let them cool.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine chopped lettuce, cucumbers, black olives, sumac, dried cranberries, and Parmesan.
  • Add dressing to your liking and toss the salad.
  • Just before serving, mix in the croutons to keep them crunchy. Enjoy your delicious salad!

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