… and brown butter croutons

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Of course. Can’t leave those out. Only the most important part. Ever.

Well, almost the most important part. I think the actual important part here is the dressing. Never did I ever think I’d have the guts to make caesar dressing at home. Never did I ever think it would taste as good as some of my favorite restaurants’ caesars. [Sidebar: I had an extremely unfortunate experience with a caesar salad on vacation a few weeks ago. From now on… I’ll probably make my own dressing. whomp whomp.]

Never did I ever think I could replicate this dressing that I enjoy, one of the only store bought dressings I actually like but still get iffy on at times. Never did I ever think I’d type out all of these stupid sentences related to the never did I ever game, which I only know about because a mean girl in high school started a round to say something embarrassing about me.

Guess I’ve really let that go… 13 years later. #growup

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So here’s the deal. Caesar salads are the salads that made me like salads. Yes – the crazy salads I make these days are the salads that keep me eating salads, but caesar salads are the reason I was physically able to start. And I say physically able because the way I would shy away from anything salad or vegetable-like a few years ago was downright ridiculous. Physically ridiculous.

Initially, I was skeptical of the caesar salad – in this little circle of trust I will tell you that I actually prefer crispy iceberg lettuce (oh the horror) and the word “anchovies” freaked me quite a bit since I wasn’t familiar with them aside from really bad 90s sitcom jokes. THEN.

Then I realized that caesar salads were basically just a front for loads of parmesan cheese and croutons. The romaine was just a vehicle for giving the most delicious, creamy dressing a way to catapult into your mouth. I learned that lesson and I learned it well. I was almost immediately sold.

The best part was that I probably had my first caesar salad in a dive bar. And if I thought that was good…

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A gigantic deal about this salad for me is that it’s one salad that I enjoy PLAIN. Completely simple. Like how it’s meant to be. As in, no meat, no french fries, no chips or quesadillas or whatever else the heck I have the audacity to throw on top of a bed of greens. You know me.

So of course… I couldn’t keep it that way. But all I really added was some roasted corn – due to the serious addiction I have going on – and it was the best meal ever. At least until I make the next best meal ever. Which, you know, will probably be tomorrow or something.

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Roasted Corn Caesar Salads with Parmesan Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing

Yield: serves 2

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 ears sweet corn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup whole wheat bread cubes
2 tablespoons brown butter
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 ounce parmesan cheese, shaved
3 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese

caesar dressing
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons greek yogurt
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
4 anchovies, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup olive oil


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Brush corn with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until kernels are soft and golden. If you'd like them more charred, you can broil them for 1 to 2 minutes. While the corn is roasting, you can also add the bread cubes to a baking sheet and bake them for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are golden. As soon as removing the croutons from the oven, drizzle them with the brown butter. Cut the corn from the cob.

To make the dressing, add the garlic, yogurt, parmesan, mustard, vinegar, anchovies, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a food processor and blend until pureed. With the processor still on, stream in the olive oil until a creamy dressing forms.

Add the lettuce and corn to a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss with the dressing, then add the croutons and remaining cheese. Serve!

[dressing slightly adapted from food network]

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I will cry when corn season is over.

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102 Responses to “Roasted Corn Caesar Salads with Parmesan Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 21, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Wow, the dressing looks amazing! Like you I never wanted to make Caesar dressing at home, but now I am soooooo trying your recipe! Your salad looks simply amazing!!


  2. #
    Rachel Cooks — August 21, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Holy CRAP I want this for breakfast. I’m not even kidding. The addition of roasted corn is pure genius!


  3. #
    mary (sisters running the kitchen) — August 21, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    my mom has a great recipe for caesar salad…i like the sound of your dressing with Greek Yogurt…can’t wait to try!


  4. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — August 21, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    is it wrong that I could make this in double qualities and finish it in a day? hey it is salad it is good for you.


  5. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 21, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    Holy heck. This is making me scream!!


  6. #
    Tieghan — August 21, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    I have not had a Caesar salad in years! See, the one and only time I have every ordered a caesar salad was from Champs at Crocker Park in Westlake Oh. I loved it going down…..not so much when it was coming back up and hour later. Neither did my grandma who’s car it ending up in. Oh my gosh, that sucked and I have been afraid of them every since. But making my own sounds freaking awesome and I love greek yogurt dressings! Plus, the brown butter croutons sold me!


  7. #
    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — August 21, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    I just want to eat this. It seems…elegant? I’m pretty hungry right now, but yeah – Elegant!


  8. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — August 21, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    Oh my goodness this might have restored my waning faith in caesar salad. Also, it just took me four tries to sleep caesar correctly. Looks super yummy!


  9. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 21, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Even though I’m not a big caesar fan these days (I think I got wayyyy too much caesar dressing as a kid and really dislike it now) this still looks gorgeous!


  10. #
    Angela — August 21, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    making this tonight! thanks!!


  11. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — August 21, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    That dressing….so creamy. I need!!


  12. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 21, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    I’m in actual pain looking at this. Sexy pain.


  13. #
    Julia — August 21, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    Roasted corn, awesome idea! I always use anchovy paste because I’m scared if I peel open a can of anchovies, they’ll come to life and jump out and bite me. Clearly i need to get over this. This dressing looks too good to entertain this fear any longer.


  14. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — August 21, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    minus the anchovies I’ve got every ingredient for the dressing laying around my fridge & cabinets – def thinking abt whipping some up! yumm yumms


  15. #
    Cate — August 21, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    I cry every summer when all of my favorite blogs post pictures of sweet corn, whether it is a soup, in salad or just plain boiled, slathered in butter! See, here in France, corn is grown strictly to feed animals, not humans! Boo hoo! But, it looks fabulous anyway and I will be having caesar salad tonight.


  16. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 21, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    Caesar salad was one of the first salads I learned to enjoy. With this dressing being made with greek yogurt I may fall in love all over again!


  17. #
    Christina Gathright — August 21, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Ah-freakin-mazing! I want this right now for breakfast!


  18. #
    Katie — August 21, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    That roasted corn on there is moneeeyyy.


  19. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — August 21, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Oh man, oh man, oh man. This is exactly the type of salad I would want! I will definitely be making this! Roasted corn and ceasar dressing? Yessssss.


  20. #
    Amanda @ Food, Fitness, Faith — August 21, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Oddly enough, caesar salads are the one salad I never really think to eat. I mean, it’s just lettuce and bread, right? But the corn?! Ohmywordthecorn. Thank you for this!


  21. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 21, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Keep the “crazy” salads coming…cuz that’s the only kind of salads I’m fond of, as well :)


  22. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — August 21, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Love caesar salad! This one looks fantastic. On my list to try this recipe.


  23. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 21, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    I’ve always been obsessed with a good Caesar salad and have been making it every once in a while (raw eggs and everything), because I love it that much. NEED to try this version!


  24. #
    Abbe@This is How I Cook — August 21, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    I will miss the corn season, too! This definitely rocks!


  25. #
    Diane — August 21, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    I’ve barely tip toed into salad eating territory in the last year myself and of course my first salad I ate without (much) complaint was the caeasar salad. it was covered in cheese and croutons to! thank you for the yummy looking dressing recipe! can’t wait


  26. #
    Ashley — August 21, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Literally sounds like the best salad ever. Want to eat this for the rest of the summer. I’ve barely had any corn at all yet. Ahhhhh!


  27. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes — August 21, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    This salad never gets old, and the brown butter croutons are genius!


  28. #
    Larry — August 21, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    See… I love me some salad. If I could have a salad bar built into my counter in my kitchen, I would be DOWNNNN. (I should research that….) But Caesar salads always made me weary. “You use WHAT in the dressing?!” But, there was one place in town (Pizza Azzuro) and they have a Caesar salad that just… I die. FRIED CAPERS!? Love.to.death.


  29. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — August 21, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    The giant strips of corn are genius in this salad! I can’t wait to try this!


  30. #
    Nicole @ Mediterranean Baby — August 21, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with the fear of making your own Caesar dressing, but it looks like you nailed it! Also, I will cry with you when corn season ends. I have been using it nonstop over the past few weeks. My little ones don’t like the char on the corn from the grill, so I just boil it for them, shave it off of the stalk, and incorporate it into their meals :)


  31. #
    Eileen — August 21, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Roasted corn sounds like such a good addition to a huge, crunchy caesar salad! Perfect for the height of corn season. :)


  32. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 21, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    LOVE this, particularly because you didn’t use anchovies in the dressing. And thank God there’s someone else who loves Caesar salads; usually you just hear people whine it’s fattening.


  33. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — August 21, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    I cannot wait to try that dressing, awesome pics, as per usual!


  34. #
    betty (the sweaty betty) — August 21, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    I need to make this dressing. it looks amazing!


  35. #
    Jenna — August 21, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    These look fabulous!!


  36. #
    Lisa — August 21, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    Yay this is my 13 year old son’s favorite salad! Glad no raw eggs; can’t get over that part.


  37. #
    Kim in MD — August 21, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    Amazing- why have I never thought to add roasted corn to Caesar salad?


  38. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 21, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    That dressing looks so thick and wonderful and the grilled corn. The perfectly blackened parts, on top of the lettuce, on the blue plate…SO PRETTY! Makes me want a salad rather than a cookie right now :)


  39. #
    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves — August 21, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    This is Caesar salad taken to a whole new level.


  40. #
    Kellie Koshute — August 21, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    That dressing loves divine! What’s not to love about sweet corn and caesar dressing?


  41. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 21, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    Ohhh yes. I love everything about this! If anyone can make me love salad, it’s you, girl!


  42. #
    Lauren — August 21, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    I am hard core addicted to Caesar salads. I get them anytime I see them on the menu. I got one about two months ago when I was in Florida though that was so ridden with anchovies that it was literally all you could taste. I couldn’t eat it. Tasted like fish! I’ve never attempted to make my own dressing but you’ve definitely inspired me!


  43. #
    Bill — August 21, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    That may be one of the best looking salads I’ve seen all summer! I want that for dinner tonight! We’ve been having great corn this year and I’m putting this on my to do list. Awesome post!


  44. #
    Jamie@Milk N Cookies — August 21, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    I loved Caesar salad as a kid, but the corn definitely adds a new element. And the dressing with Greek yogurt sounds delicious.


  45. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — August 21, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    Grilled corn has been my savior this summer. This looks so amazing. I am mad I didn’t have it for dinner.


  46. #
    Elise — August 21, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    Made the caesar dressing tonight me and hubby loved it! Will be adding it to our regular rotation!


  47. #
    Andrea — August 21, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    I LOVE caesar salad but I’ve never made one at home either. I actually went out and grabbed one for lunch today. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try. The grilled corn and dressing look amazing!


  48. #
    liz | carpe season — August 21, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

    Love that there’s no mayo involved in this process! Can’t wait to try that dressing!


  49. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — August 22, 2013 @ 12:55 am

    I live for caesar salads. the healthier version of course! this looks insanely delicious!!


  50. #
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