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We Know the Name of this Salad: Caesar

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We Know the Name of this Salad: Caesar

Cambridge (Boston) , Massachusetts

Traditional Caesar Salad flavors are easy with homemade dressing and croutons.  Garlic, lemon and a hint of anchovy are emulsified in mayonnaise and extra virgin olive oil for a creamy dressing on crisp Romaine leaves.  Top with crunchy cheesy croutons.



Remember the Cheers TV show in the 1980’s?  Regulars of a Boston establishment shared their lives with each other while drinking at the bar where everyone knows your name.  The theme song comes to mind in an instant:


“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.

Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.

Wouldn’t you like to get away?

Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name.”



Harvard Bar  Cambridge Bar

We happened into a downstairs bar in Harvard Square/Cambridge on a Saturday afternoon.  We ordered a couple Narragansett beers on tap.  A gentleman walked in soon after us, sat on a barstool nearby.  He was greeted by the bartender: “Hello Doc”.  Before the guest was settled, his martini with a twist was in front of him.  We suddenly felt like we were right there at Cheers with Sam Malone, Carla, Cliff and Norm.

We could not help but make up a story about our bar mate.  He was dressed in a tweedy jacket, his graying hair a little windblown.  We imagined that he was a renowned professor from Harvard University located a few blocks away.


We perused the menu for a late afternoon snack, he for his dinner.  After we ordered a Caesar Salad, we finally started a conversations with him about his menu selection.  We discovered a very interesting man. He was not a professor at all.  He said he attended Harvard more than 40 years ago and never left Cambridge.  He then vaguely described a committee that he works on with “very smart people”.  He was humble, soft-spoken and maybe alone.  But he could walk into a bar and they knew his name.


Our Caesar Salad really hit the spot that late afternoon with bold flavors, crisp lettuce and satisfying crunch.  Make this traditional version as a side dish or add some chicken or fish for an entree.



RECIPE: Caesar Salad



RECIPE: Cheesy Croutons


Caesar Salad


  1. Kathee Dubel says:

    I make this Caesar salad all of the time and it is always a hit!!!!

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