The Blonde Italian Caesar Salad {The Secret Ingredients Revealed

The Blonde Italian Caesar Salad {The Secret Ingredients Revealed

Today I’m going to reveal the secret ingredients to what I call The Blonde Italian Caesar Salad!!

As you know, Saturday night is Steak night in the Spivey household. Last weekend was another nasty cold and dreary one. David and I wanted a steak and went by our local meat market for some dry aged hand-cut ribeyes. Just check out these beauties, they are as tender as a mother’s love:

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(David’s is the one that looks like a pot roast.)

We paired our steaks with a Caesar salad and some steak fries. Yes, I know that Caesar Salads are probably one of the worst salads you can eat, BUT you have gotta try my Caesar Salad! As if it wasn’t fatty enough, I found a way to add in more calories: ADD CRISPY PEPPERONI BITS and CRUMBLED FETA CHEESE! Yep, just like bacon bits, I add crispy bits of pepperoni as well as crumbled feta cheese to my Caesar salads.

It is so good, you’ll be searching through the green leaves of lettuce for those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. The last thing you’re going to be thinking of when you eat this salad is calories! Here’s how I make my salad:

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

The Pepperonis:

Place pepperoni slices in a small non-stick pan over the lowest heat setting.

The trick is to crisp the pepperonis without burning the oils that come out while cooking. This slow cooking process sometimes can take up to 30 minutes, but it is worth it for crispy pepperonis.

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

You will want to turn them over about halfway through the cooking process. Usually, the pepperonis will start to curl up like bowls. This is usually a good time to flip them over onto the other side.

The pepperonis are done, when you notice that the color of the pepperonis have turned to a slight brownish color and there is a whitish haze where the oils have stopped seeping out of the meat and they have begun to harden and crisp up. The oil will also start to smoke slightly as well. This is also another indicator that the pepperonis are ready.

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com
Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.comOnce the pepperonis are done, remove the pan from the heat. Using tongs, lift each pepperoni out of the oil pan and set them onto some paper towels to drain and cool. You want to get them out of the oil as soon as possible. Allow the pepperonis to cool completely.

Once the pepperonis are cool, ball up the paper towel and crumble the pepperonis into bits.

 

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

The Salad:

While the pepperonis are beginning to cook, prepare the salad.

Chop or tear the lettuce.

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Wash and spin the lettuce and place into two individual bowls.

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Crumble the feta cheese equally into each bowl.

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Grate the Parmesan cheese into each bowl with a Microplane cheese grater.

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Place the salads inside the refrigerator to chill, while the pepperonis continue to crisp.

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

When the pepperoni bits are done, sprinkle half onto each salad.

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Top with croutons, dressing, and fresh cracked pepper.

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

David braved the rain and fog to grill the steaks.

By the time the salads were done, His Royal Highness had taken a seat in “his” chair.

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

You can see why His Royal Highness was waiting, just look at this feast!

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Later, we enjoyed the fire in our steak comas. It was a good Saturday. 🙂

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com

So when are you going to be searching for those tidbits at the bottom of your bowl?

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits in the bottom of the bowl. | TheMountainKitchen.com
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The Blonde Italian Caesar Salad

Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits at the bottom of the bowl.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Blonde Italian, Caesar dressing, Caesar Salad, Pepperoni
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 194kcal
Author Debbie Spivey

Ingredients

  • 16 pepperoni slices
  • 4 cups Romaine lettuce washed and hand torn or chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese freshly grated, to taste
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbled, to taste
  • ½ cup croutons
  • Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

The Pepperonis

  • Place pepperoni slices in a small non-stick pan over your lowest heat setting. The trick is to crisp the pepperonis without burning the oils that come out while cooking. This slow cooking process sometimes can take up to 30 minutes, but it is worth it for crispy pepperonis.
    Give your Caesar salad a wow factor, by adding crispy pepperoni bits and tangy feta cheese. You'll love those tasty tidbits at the bottom of the bowl.
    The pepperonis are done, when you notice that the color of the pepperonis have turned to a slight brownish color and there is a whitish haze where the oils have stopped seeping out of the meat and they have begun to harden and crisp up. The oil will also start to smoke slightly as well. This is also another indicator that the pepperonis are ready.
    Once the pepperonis are done, remove the pan from the heat. Using tongs, lift each pepperoni out of the oily pan and set them onto some paper towels to drain and cool. You want to get them out of the oil as soon as possible. Allow the pepperonis to cool completely.
    Once the pepperonis are cool, ball up the paper towel and crumble the pepperonis into bits.

The Salad

  • Chop or tear the lettuce.
  • Wash and spin the lettuce and place into two individual bowls.
  • Crumble the feta cheese equally into each bowl.
  • Grate the Parmesan cheese into each bowl.
  • Place the salads inside the refrigerator to chill, while the pepperonis continue to crisp.
  • When the pepperoni bits are done, sprinkle half onto each salad.
  • Top with croutons, dressing and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste.

Notes

Calories are calculated without dressing. To read more about nutrition information, please visit our Policies & Disclaimers page. 

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 166.1% | Vitamin C: 4.6% | Calcium: 18.8% | Iron: 8.9%
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3 thoughts on “The Blonde Italian Caesar Salad {The Secret Ingredients Revealed”

  • Looks great! I love cooking the oil out of pepperoni before using it in empanadas or on pizza. I like the crunchiness and the fact that it’s not oozing with oil. P.S. His Royal Highness is a handsome kitty!

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