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Sesame Caesar Salad

Sesame Caesar Salad

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Swapping tahini for the mayonnaise that you typically see in classic Caesar salads keeps things creamy but adds nutty earthiness to the tangy mustard and funk from Parmesan cheese.


  • 2 oil-packed anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. grapeseed, sunflower, or vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp. finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 4 heads of Little Gem lettuce or 2 romaine hearts, trimmed, leaves separated
  • 1 Asian pear, halved, cored, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

Recipe Preparation

  • Mound anchovies and garlic on a cutting board. Using the side of a chef’s knife, mash together until a smooth paste forms.

  • Transfer paste to a large bowl and squeeze in juice from 1 lemon half (about 2 Tbsp.). Whisk in tahini, mustard, and 2 Tbsp. water. Gradually whisk in oil until dressing is thick and glossy. Whisk in 3 Tbsp. Parmesan; season with salt and pepper.

  • Add lettuce, tearing any large leaves, to bowl with dressing, along with pear slices. Season with salt and toss until leaves are coated.

  • Transfer salad to a platter and top with more Parmesan and sesame seeds. Finely grate zest of remaining lemon half over.

Reviews SectionGreat dressing, gives you the same caesar sensation but with a nice hint of sesameSuper quick to come together, I’ve made it several times and a definite favorite!This is an outstanding salad!This salad was nothing less than sensational. The Asian pear was such a nice counterpoint to the flavor combo of Tahini, garlic and lemon. I was lucky to have found a sweet as sugar Asian pear, but am guessing that sweet Fuji apple would work well too. I sliced the pear paper thin, and will do this every time I make this.chefjeff1Sherman Oaks12/03/19

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