Surprise Lemon Caesar Dressing

Last Friday's vlog's featured ingredient was fish sauce, and earlier in the week, I shared a super easy dump and simmer Bacon Tomato Pasta Sauce using fish sauce as an umami element as well as a partial salt element. In that recipe, you really don't taste the fish essence at all, but you do get the benefit of the richness and depth of flavor that fish sauce in low ratios can lend to a slow cooked dish.

Today I'm sharing another recipe featuring an alternative use of fish sauce, but this time, in my Surprise Lemon Caesar Dressing, you want the fish element to come through because... <SURPRISE!!! :D>... it's got fish sauce in it! :P (And it's a Caesar dressing...)

The fish sauce is used in this recipe to lend that deep, pungent, complex umami and distinct anchovy flavor you get in traditional Caesar dressing. And yes - there are anchovies in your Caesar dressing. See? You like anchovies better than you thought! :D

(And if you already knew there are anchovies in your Caesar dressing, please don't assume I underestimated your knowledge of all things Caesar dressing. I was just talking to those other people... ;) )

Surprise Lemon Caesar Dressing
Makes enough to dress 4 to 6 salads. Easily doubled.
Time: 10 minutes

- zest of half a lemon
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 clove garlic grated or very finely minced
- 2 to 3 teaspoons fish sauce
- 2.5 to 3 Tablespoons mayo

- 3 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar

- 1/4 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a bowl and stir or whisk to thoroughly combine. Adjust seasoning if needed, then vigorously whisk or stir in olive oil.

Enjoy! :)




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