The guy’s name was Cesare Cardini, an Italian by birth, immigrant into the U.S., and restaurant owner in Tijuana, Mexico. He is credited with what is now often called Caesar’s Salad… how it evolved from Cesare’s Salad to Caesar’s Salad is something most Filipinos would readily understand; for example, the previously common spanish man’s name “Angel” pronounced “Ang-hell” has since evolved to “Ayn-gel” as in “Angel Locsin” these days… At any rate, last week, at the height of my pain in the neck, The Teen announced that she had to contribute something to a bake or food sale at school, for the benefit of UNICEF or some other peaceful organization. Now food sales are always chockfull of sugary delights, so I figured it might be interesting to send salads instead of sweets. Not only were salads incredibly easy to make, they were healthier and likely to attract a higher price point, hence fewer salads equals bigger contribution to the cause, value-wise.
So we got a couple of kilos worth of fresh romaine and washed and stored them in the fridge the night before. I also bought a loaf of sourdough bread. We grilled a few chicken breasts in the oven and let them cool, and also stored them in the fridge. The next morning, we cubed the sourdough bread without the rinds, drizzled them with olive oil, salt and pepper and put them in a hot oven and tossed occasionally until golden brown — the best croutons ever are home made, not from a box. We cut up the lettuce and filled individual portion sized clear plastic containers…
Topped the lettuce with a few slices of chicken, lots of croutons and some grated parmesan cheese. Tied it all up with raffia, including napkins and a fork. Real Cesare or Caesar salad dressing made from scratch was served from a bag with ice to keep the dressing cool. Put 20 packs on trays and whisked them to school. They were priced at PHP90 each and I was told later they sold out in a flash! Students and teachers alike enjoyed the healthy snack, and UNICEF gets a nice donation. Something to think about the next time you have to send something for a food sale! :)