What could be easier than a Caesar salad, as I mentioned before in a previous post. Lettuce, chicken, hard-boiled eggs, anchovies, bread, Parmesan cheese, possibly capers… It was invented, apparently in 1924 by Caesar Cardini, but there must have been a million interpretations of it since then. Last time I wrote I was complaining (not like me!!!) about a fancy and expensive restaurant I had been to and been given; this is what I said:
The lettuce was flabby leaves (really no excuse for that – you can buy crisp lettuce at any supermarket) the chicken tasted as if it had been boiled and was in big slabs, the croutons were chunks of bread, the eggs weren’t just hard they were solid, and the sauce was so acidic, vinegary, sour and with a strange bitter taste.
I also mentioned that my favourite and most reliable Caesar salad comes from a pizza chain, Pizza Express. The other day we were in Taunton, and it seemed lunchtime-ish and we just happened to be passing Wildwood which is another chain. We popped in for a bite to eat and as it was lunch I decided on a light salad and thought I would try their Caesar… how impressed I was!!! Really crisp, fresh lettuce, perfectly boiled eggs, tender chicken, beautifully cooked, fresh Parmesan, bread torn into the right sized pieces, a nice light dressing… I did enjoy it! Has it knocked Pizza Express off the top of my Caesar salad list… not sure, I might have to try them both again!