Best Caesar Salad

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated September/October 1997

A coddled egg gives the dressing its distinctive smooth texture--or, if you prefer, soft tofu and a food processor can create a thick dressing without the egg.

SERVES 4 to 6 as a first course

TIME 40 minutes, plus 20 minutes standing and 20 minutes cooling

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

For a Caesar salad recipe that does not rely on raw eggs, we found that either a coddled egg, boiled for 45 seconds, or soft tofu gave us the best texture and flavor.

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