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little gem caesar salad on white plate

Caesar Little Gem Recipe

Valentina K. Wein
Little Gem Lettuce leaves hold all the classic flavors of a traditional Caesar salad with a kick of heat to bring it over the top.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 107 kcal


  • about 3 dozen Little Gem Lettuce leaves (about 4 heads, washed and dried)
  • about 1/2 large egg yolk (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less if you don’t want too much heat)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • about 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, toasted (see notes)
  • red pepper flakes
  • thinly sliced lemon for garnish


  • Spread the leaves out on a serving platter or small plates. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the 1/2 egg yolk (don’t worry about being exact!), with the lemon juice, anchovy paste, honey, mustard, garlic and cayenne. Whisk until smooth.
  • Then whisking constantly, very slowly, in a steady stream, add the oil. Whisk until smooth and then add the Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Here’s How to Season to Taste.) Set aside.
  • Add the bread crumbs to a small sauté pan and place it over medium-low heat. Shaking the pan every minute or so, cook just until they’re golden, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  • Drizzle the leaves with the amount of dressing you like — I use a bit more than 1 tablespoon per dozen. Now sprinkle them with the bread crumbs evenly over the leaves. Finish with a sprinkling of the red pepper flakes — I only use a small amount as it will add a lot of heat.
  • Garnish the platter with lemon slices and serve!


When using raw eggs, make sure they're pasteurized -- I used Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs.
I used gluten-free breadcrumbs for my son with Celiac -- you can use any breadcrumbs you like.
Keywords appetizers for parties, recipes with little gem lettuce, caesar salad recipes
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