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Sesame Caesar Salad

Sesame Caesar Salad

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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