This classic Caesar Salad Recipe is such a crowd-pleaser! Crispy and fresh romaine, parmesan cheese, and crunchy croutons are all tossed in a creamy homemade caesar dressing.

If you like this classic Caesar salad, try our chicken caesar pasta salad and classic cobb salad!

Caesar salad in a white bowl topped with Caesar salad and ground black pepper.

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This classic salad recipe is my go-to when craving a salad. The combination of romaine, parmesan cheese, crouton, and the dressing is AMAZING! Bring the classic caesar salad recipe to a new level by making easy homemade croutons and caesar salad dressing!

Chef’s tip: If you are in a hurry, just use store-bought croutons and dressing!
Homemade classic caesar salad in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Why You’ll Love This Salad-

  • Easy and quick to make.
  • Simple ingredient.
  • Loved by kids and adults.
  • You can use store-bought ingredients!
  • Classic recipe makes a perfect side to any dish.

Ingredients for Caesar Salad

I LOVE how fast I can throw together this salad. With just these 4 simple ingredients, you can enjoy it as well!

  • ROMAINE– You want to use romaine instead of iceberg lettuce for this recipe.
  • PARMESAN– We love getting a fresh block of parmesan cheese and grating, but you can use pre-grated parmesan cheese, too!
  • CROUTONS– for the BEST results, you want to use homemade croutons, but any will work for this recipe.
  • DRESSING– You can use any store-bought caesar salad or our amazing homemade caesar salad dressing.
Caesar salad tossed in the caesar salad dressing in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

How to Make Caesar Salad-

  1. Make the dressing: Prepare a homemade caesar salad dressing recipe (or use store-bought dressing).
  2. Clean & cut romaine: Rinse and chop the romaine into desired pieces. This salad spinner works great.
  3. Arrange salad: Add romaine to a bowl or serving platter. Add croutons: we used our homemade croutons.
  4. Grate Parmesan: Grate the desired parmesan cheese into the bowl.
  5. Mix: Drizzle the dressing over everything and lightly toss to combine.
  6. Serve: Serve and enjoy!
Caesar salad in a white bowl with a wooden spoon loaded with bacon and chicken.

Topping Suggestions-

I love adding extras to the classic salad with other ingredients to make it hearty. Here are some great add-ons:

  • Chicken– This simple pan-seared chicken breast is great with the salad (so easy to cook).
  • Bacon– Bacon bits bring this salad to a whole new level!
  • Eggs– For a hearty salad, I will add some hard-boiled eggs.
  • Veggie– We also love adding tomatoes and cucumbers to this recipe.
A large white bowl loaded with romaine, croutons, and fresh grated parmesan cheese with a wooden spoon.

This classic salad recipe is such a simple and delicious recipe! It makes for an excellent salad for potlucks, summertime barbecues, lunch, and even dinner. We hope you enjoy this recipe and it becomes your new favorite.

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Classic Caesar Salad

Author: Valentina
5 from 5 votes
This classic Caesar Salad Recipe is such a crowd pleaser! Crispy and fresh romaine, fresh parmesan cheese, crunchy croutons all tossed in a creamy homemade caesar dressing.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



  • Prepare a batch of homemade caesar salad dressing and a batch of homemade croutons. If you are using store-bought dressing and croutons, skip this step.
  • Rinse and chop the romaine into desired size.
  • Add the romaine into a serving bowl. Top with croutons and grate the desired amount of fresh parmesan.
  • Drizzle the salad dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  • Top with ground black pepper and enjoy.


365kcal Calories26g Carbs12g Protein24g Fat6g Saturated Fat24mg Cholesterol870mg Sodium208mg Potassium3g Fiber2g Sugar5274IU Vitamin A2mg Vitamin C278mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Classic Caesar Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 870mg38%
Potassium 208mg6%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 5274IU105%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 278mg28%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)