The best caesar salad ever with a secret ingredient – crispy croutons! The croutons are so good, you’ll want to eat all of them first before digging into the salad!

Fusilli Caesar Salad

Super easy, budget-friendly caesar salad.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Worldwide
Servings 4 servings


  • 225 g fusilli pasta
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the croutons

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley leaves chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 package bread your favorite diced into 1-inch cubes

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 anchovy fillet rinsed, dried and chopped, optional
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, butter, parsley, oregano, basil and garlic powder.
  • Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Add olive oil mixture and gently toss to combine. Place into oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 4-5 minutes; set aside.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, Parmesan, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire, anchovy, garlic, salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well and let cool.
  • To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with pasta, Parmesan, salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with croutons.


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Keyword Pasta, Salad
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