A good salad is always great to complement your meal. Creating it in a Parmesan basket is a bit different but certainly gives it a unique flavor that’s absolutely delectable. Whether you have a party or go to a dinner, a salad certainly rounds out your palate. Most salads seem dry and unflavored. However, creating a salad in this manner not only looks great but it’s really tasty as well. The rich texture of the Parmesan basket mixed in with the freshness of the salad will create a beautiful combination of flavors for your taste buds. Here’s how to create a Caesar salad in your Parmesan basket.
Making a Parmesan Basket
The first thing you should is get the right ingredients for your basket. This is the part of the whole recipe that has the rich texture and weight to it. You can use this to add a nice taste to it and it holds your basket but you have to be fast in the creation. First of all, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees before you begin the process. You’ll place 2 teaspoons of Parmesan cheese onto a silicone or baking sheet with a parchment paper. Gently spread the cheese out into a circle about 2 inches in diameter. This is good to work with the over size of the basket to hold your salad. It takes about 4 to 5 minutes to make in the oven. Take it out when it’s golden brown. It’s best to make these one at a time so you can get shape just right in case you do have multiple salads to make.
Creating Your Salad
There are tons of ways you can customize your Caesar salad. From the romaine lettuce, you want to take a head and cut the ends off (of course this is not the appetizing part), you’ll want to get the center piece out, and cut in half. A half inch in equal parts should be enough for two portions. You can always get some dressing for your salad at the local grocery store or you can make a homemade dressing perfect for your own touch. Either way, it should turn very delicious to go with your Parmesan basket. In the next section, we will talk about how to build your croutons and what you would need to get at the supermarket.
Building Your Croutons and Adding Flavor
This is the part where you can really getting into your flavor notes. You can add some black pepper, lemon juice, anchovy juice, and put it together in the Caesar. Now you can get your croutons together by cutting up small pieces of bread. Don’t leave any bread untouched because you can really dress your salad with the croutons. Season the croutons with garlic powder, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, and pepper to bake it all for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Putting it together with romaine lettuce and croutons will make a very delicious salad. Combine this with the Parmesan basket and you’ll have a great display for your salad.