Dungeness Crab Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

Dungeness Crab Caesar Salad

Homemade CROUTONS can easily turn a good salad into a great salad. Crunchy, garlicky croutons are the usual garnish for CAESAR SALAD…for most green salads for that matter…and I wouldn’t think of eating  a bowl of my favorite CHICKEN BISQUE without  a handful of freshly made croutons on top. I had just enough crab meat left over from my beach trip to make a big Caesar salad. This is a very simple salad  and how good it is depends on the quality of the few ingredients required…crisp romaine lettuce, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, homemade dressing, croutons and..in this case…a generous helping of just out of the ocean, freshly cracked DUNGENESS CRAB MEAT.

Caesar Salad Croutons

I don’t have a crouton recipe I follow.  I just eyeball the amount of olive oil I use depending on the amount of bread that I have cubed…about 1/4 to 1/3 cup for 6 cups of bread cubes…some bread soaks up more oil than others.   Put the bread cubes on a baking sheet and toss with a mixture of  olive oil, several minced garlic cloves, freshly ground black pepper, salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper (Parmesan cheese and dried herbs are optional).  Bake at 350 degrees, stirring often, until bread is nicely browned and crisp.  I don’t use  butter because the croutons don’t last as long as when only olive oil is used.  The butter can turn rancid if the croutons are stored in the cupboard for more than a few days. Once you try homemade croutons you will never settle for store bought again.  And they are a very tasty little snack with a nice glass of a crisp Oregon wine.

 CAESAR SALAD DRESSING 
is so easy to make at home and is so much better than anything you can buy at the store. 
There are a zillion recipes in bloggie land.  Here are a few you might enjoy. 

Caesar Salad with Pancetta by Ina Garten 

Best Caesar Dressing (No Anchovies) by Chowhound.com

Classic Caesar Salad Dressing by An Oregon Cottage

Classic Caesar Salad by Martha Stewart

Chicken Caesar Salad by Smitten Kitchen 

Comments

  1. says

    Your croutons looks delicious. We usually pass on them at home. I figure, we don’t need the extra calories, and rarely do we have bread in the house anymore. That being said, gosh, they would taste great on Dale’s Caesar salads!!
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  2. says

    Oh my goodness, Kathy…that looks SOOO good! I haven’t made Caesar salad since early summer. I like it with grilled blackened salmon flaked over it, but your Dungeness crab would take it over the top! YUMMO! now I’m really hungry for some! Starting a new grocery list right now.

    Hugs,
    Rett

    p.s. AWESOME photo, by the way!
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  3. says

    You are a woman after my own heart, Cathy. I’ve come to believe croutons are an addiction, much like popcorn! :) I love ‘em. Your salad looks fabulous and I agree, croutons make the perfect final touch on soups. I’ve never made them that way…will try it next time.
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  4. says

    The problem I have with homemade croutons is squirreling away bread to do them. They are so much better. I should just start buying a loaf with that intent. Ah, Dungeness crab–it’s my San Francisco treat.

    Best,
    Bonnie

  5. Aimee says

    Ok—now I KNOW I made a bad mistake when I didn’t buy that fresh crab I was eyeing yesterday at the grocery store. I have loved Caeser Salads ever since my parents introduced me to them at the Quay in Vancouver, Washington eons ago. Crab, homemade croutons, Caeser salad dressing, fish and chips…ahhhh!
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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