Bacon Caesar Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


12 servings

Updated: Sep. 14, 2023
Family and friends always say my Caesar salad rivals any restaurant version. The addition of bacon is a little untraditional, but it lends a slightly smoky flavor that makes it unique. —Sharon Tipton, Winter Garden, Florida
Bacon Caesar Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cubed day-old bread
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • Dash pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 1 large bunch romaine, torn
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. For croutons, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add bread cubes; cook and stir until golden brown, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove to paper towels; cool.
  2. For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, anchovy paste and pepper.
  3. In a serving bowl, combine romaine and bacon. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with croutons and cheese.
Chicken Caesar Salad: Top salad with slices of grilled chicken breast.
To make ahead: Prepare the croutons a few days before. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 158 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.