Steakhouse Caesar Salad

BY: Meredith Deeds

  • cooking-duration 30 minutes
  • servings 4 SERVINGS
  • cooking-style stove
  • cooking-mode beginner

All your favorite steakhouse flavors are transformed in this over-the-top delicious Caesar salad. Cool, crisp romaine lettuce and crunchy croutons are tossed with a garlicky, creamy dressing and topped with thin slices of seared USDA Prime top sirloin.

The key to turning this delightful salad into a memorable meal is the addition of crispy shallots, easily made in just minutes in the microwave. Once they’re cooked to golden brown perfection, the shallot-infused oil does double duty, adding extra flavor to both the croutons and dressing.



  • 4 USDA Prime Top Sirloin Steaks Buy Now

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 romaine hearts, trimmed, leaves separated and larger ones torn into pieces

  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan

Shallots and Croutons

  • 2 large shallots, very thinly sliced (about 2 1/2 cups)

  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 6 ounces ciabatta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)


  • 3 oil-packed anchovy fillets, chopped

  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan


Season steaks with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the steaks and sear for 3 to 5 until golden brown. Turn the steaks and sear on the opposite side for another 3 to 5 minutes.
10 minutes
Insert a meat thermometer halfway through the thickest part of the steak (125° F for medium rare. 130° F for medium). If the steak is not up to temperature, continue to cook, turning every 1 minute, until the steaks reach desired doneness. Transfer steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before cutting into thin slices.
10 minutes
In a large bowl, combine lettuce, croutons and dressing. Toss to coat. Divide among 4 serving bowls and sprinkle a tablespoon of the shredded Parmesan over the top. Arrange steak slices onto each salad. Sprinkle with crispy shallots and serve.
2 minutes
Combine shallots and oil in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes. Stir and continue to microwave in 1-minute increments, stirring each minute, until they are just golden, about 2 to 4 minutes longer. (Watch closely, as the shallots cook quickly toward the end, and will continue to brown a bit once they're removed from the oil. Do not burn them, as they will turn bitter.) Set a strainer over a bowl and drain the oil from the shallots. Reserve the oil. Place the shallots on paper towels to drain and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. They will crisp as they sit. Set aside.
5 minutes
Place bread cubes on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the reserved shallot oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and toss until coated. Spread bread into an even layer on baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once after 10 minutes. Cool before serving.
20 minutes
Place anchovies, garlic and salt together on a cutting board. Use a fork to mash into a paste. Transfer the paste into a medium bowl. Add egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Whisk together to combine. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in 1/3 cup reserved shallot oil (if you do not have enough left to make 1/3 cup, add more vegetable oil). The dressing should be thick and creamy. Whisk in olive oil and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
5 minutes