What do you get if you combine the best of Cos lettuce with Iceberg Lettuce? Exactly a Super Crunchy Cos! It is a new lettuce type with the crispiness of iceberg and the sweet flavour and colour of Cos! Enjoy this super crunchy Caesar salad! A nice crunchy contrast to serve with some home made lasagna....mmmm...
Super Crunchy Caesar Salad Side dish Serves 4 25 min preparation (incl 15 min oven) 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Break the ciabatta in small chunks. Divide them over a large ovenproof dish. Crush the clove of garlic and mix half of it with the 2 tbsp of olive oil. Drizzle the garlic oil over the ciabatta and roast in the oven for 10-15 until crunchy and goldenbrown. Let it cool. 2. Meanwhile tear the lettuce in pieces. Finely chop the anchovies. Grate as much of the cheese until you have the amount of a large tablespoon. Make a dressing by combining the rest of the garlic, anchovies, grated cheese, extra virgin olive oil and mayonnaise. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. 3. Drizzle the dressing over the lettuce and toss the lettuce with the croutons. Slice the rest of the cheese and divide over the salad. Note Not a lover of anchovies? You can make the salad without anchovies. According to the experts, the original Caesar salad doesn’t have it either! You are a big lover of anchovies? Divide the rest of the can over the salad.
Tips from the author
Bauke is a salad lover! She is also a lettuce crop coordinator at Rijk Zwaan, a vegetable breeding company who have discovered through a process of natural selection, a new lettuce type that is between a Cos (Romaine) and an Iceberg (Crisphead). It is more oval than an iceberg and rounder than a cos - but the important aspect, according to Bauke is, "it is sweet and crunchy and perfect for making salads." She says "children especially will love this lettuce!" If you cannot find the Crunchy Cos just yet don't worry you can easily use an iceberg or cos lettuce for this salad!