Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Caesar Salad Bites

 
 
We're having Caesar Salad Bites for an appetizer at our coffee table in the family room.   The checkered cloth is from my Mom and reminds me of long ago picnics.  The green goblets I finally bought from the $ Tree and the red plates are from Target. 
 

 
This basket was found on clearance from Kohl's, which I filled with wispy stems from Hobby Lobby. It usually sits at one end of the mantle.   The oil lamp is always on my kitchen counter and is filled with a variety of faux vegetables.  The candlestick is one I've had for over forty years. 
 

 
 
You might want to serve these Caesar Salad Bites for your next party. These are so easy and can be prepared ahead, which is always a time saver. Have any of you tried the Artisan Romaine lettuce heads from Costco? There's such little waste to them.  Of course, you can always use the regular Romaine lettuce. I find that Romaine stays fresh in my fridge for quite some time.  The recipe comes from my Southern Living Cooking for Christmas 2012.


2 romaine lettuce hearts
These are crunchy and so good and perfect party food!
2/3 cup bottled creamy Caesar dressing (I used Marie's)
1/2 English cucumber
1 1/4 cups small seasoned croutons
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley (I omitted)
Freshly ground black pepper

Separate romaine hearts into 24 medium leaves and arrange on a large platter.  Spoon dressing lightly down center of each leaf.  Top with chopped cucumber and next 3 ingredients.  Sprinkle with pepper to taste. 

NOTE:  If preparing ahead, leave off the croutons and add right before serving.

These are great as a salad or an appetizer!


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48 comments:

  1. Your home is beautiful and I love the checkered cloth. Your caesar salad bites look delightful! Happy spring!

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  2. I was thinking a lot regarding this topic about caesar salad, so thanks for bringing it up here. You certainly have a good writing style i like, so will be subscribing to your blog.holy food
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  3. Those salad bites are just plain cute food. I like to serve things at parties that aren't fancy and can be finger food. Looks like those are a winner. I like your tabecloth and the beautiful basket too!

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  4. I love checkered cloths, they either remind me of a picnic, a backyard barbecue, or an old fashioned neighborhood Italian pizza parlor! These sound good, nice for a ladies' luncheon, too. xo

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  5. Kitty~ Those Caesar Salad Bites leapt off the page at me in Southern Living! Such a fun party idea and perfect for coffee table dining! Love your checkered cloth!

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  6. Looks like a very yummy and healthy appy Kitty! I always hope to see Southern Living Magazine at a great sale price so I can subscribe... Doesn't happen! I'm guessing because they do well enough at full price:@)

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  7. These look very good. I am going to give my stepmom the recipe. Thanks sharing this.

    Cynthia

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  8. Now I want to make those.. So badly. I love Caesar salad and can just imagine how wonderful they taste. Your home is so warm and lovely.. Thanks so much for another great recipe! blessings, xo marlis

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  9. Love the idea of these Caesar Salad bites. Caesar salad is my daughter's favorite so I'm sure she'd love these. Great cloth!

    - The Tablescaper

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  10. Great idea to make them bites! This will work well for me at our camp since I don't like to fuss when I have people over for dinner. Yet, this is impressive for little effort. Your home is very nice! Glad you finally got the green goblets at the $ Tree. I have 12 and use them a lot for dinner parties.

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  11. Your family room looks so warm and inviting! I love the checkered table cloth. This looks like a lovely place to gather.

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  12. So cute! I love this salad bite idea.
    Stopping in from Full Plate Thursday.

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  13. I bought that cookbook at Dillard's sitting on the counter in the lingerie department. Of course, I read it immediately, and I've never been back to it again. You've inspired me all over again. Aren't those $Tree goblets just amazing for $1.00 each. I have some, too. I think that they may be the official blogworld goblet. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  14. There's artisan Romaine lettuce at Costco now? I've not seen it yet! We eat a lot of Romaine around here. It's second favorite next to fresh spinach! I would love to get my hands on it. I like greens with little waste to them and that keep in the refrigerator. These appetizers are really a terrific way of entertaining AND getting people to eat their vegetables!!!!!

    I love the basket filled with HL branches!!! They definitely feel like Spring! Have a happy rest-of-the-week!!!

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  15. Another clever idea from Kitty's kitchen. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to make these for this weekend. '-)

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  16. I bought some of that artisan Romaine a couple weeks ago, it was really good...just looking at this appetizer is making me hungry! Kitty, your table looks so nice and cozy...lovely room, too.
    Have a great week...

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  17. Great idea! Why didn't I think of that? Love it. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Your table looks so wonderful. The salad bites look very delicious.
    Have a great day.

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  19. First, that is a great plaid that you have used - red and green are just so vibrant together! Those Caesar Salad bites make a great presentation - you always seem to find the best recipes. Thanks!

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  20. Found your blog through the blog hop and became a new follower! I would love for you to join me over at greatastestuesdays.blogspot.com and become a follower too!
    Kimberli

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  21. Oh wow, I love this recipe Kitty. What a great idea and delicious too. It looks gorgeous and I love the way you are serving this up in the family room (which looks lovely). Great tablecloth, perfect for spring and summer.
    Hope your day is storm free, mine too!

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  22. What beautiful presentations. I love the salad bites.. found you on Full Plate Thursday and will become a follower,. Hope you will come join me too. Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog

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  23. Looks like a delicious appetizer here and thanks for sharing with "Open House"!

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  24. What a fun appetizer! I love it!

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  25. Great recipe. Thank you for sharing. Love your header.

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  26. Beautiful, healthy, and tasty. And such a great way to serve salad. My DH will love it!

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  27. What a wonderful treat! I LOVE romaine lettuce! I think I could live on it...
    Big Squishy Hugs of thanks to you!!!
    Have a wonderful weeks end!!!

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  28. Love this idea for salad bites. Must try!
    Irene

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  29. Great idea, this is a wonderful appetizer.

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  30. Your fireplace is beautiful, Kitty. I could make a meal out of plate of this salad. So fresh and full of great flavors.

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  31. I love this idea! Perfect for a summer lunch on the patio! My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe and any others at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! It doesn't mean that you have to be a gluten free bloggers. If you have some recipes on your blog that are gluten free that counts! :) Many recipes are naturally gluten free.
    Thanks, Cindy :)

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  32. What a cosy casual fun awesome idea.

    That "hand salad" looks divine - Kitty you truly come up with some of the best ideas for dinners, thank you for sharing!

    I have those same goblets, except the other day I broke one and there aren't any more left there. Ugh. I hate that.

    Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend.

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  33. Hi Kitty,
    What a great idea and a lovely presentation for your Caesar Salad Bites. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

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  34. PS Bumming your photo of the lettuce to post about this tomorrow - photo w/link to your post for the post and recipe. Let me know if you would rather I didn't.
    Thanks, Jenn

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  35. Your cooking skills come through loud and clear. My mother was an excellent cook. I used to cook a lot, but since it is just me, seldom do. I enjoy seeing what others prepare tho.

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  36. It makes eating so fun to take it out of the ordinary. What a lovely setting. These look fabulous and work for both. I think this is something the kids would think was really fun to eat and they love Caesar dressing.

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  37. A woman after my heart, I love caesar salads and these are perfect. The setting is so pretty too dear Kitty. I just finished another blog design....Jacqueline's Purple chocolat. Enjoy your Sunday. xo Linda

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  38. Hi Kitty, your family room looks so warm and welcoming and I thought you had gone outside and picked some cherry blossoms, they look so real in that pretty container. That candle on the round jar is quite clever. The bites look delicious and I always buy my lettuce for salads in that form now. You are right, they stay much longer in the fridge..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  39. My husband loves Caesar Salad's. I will be making this for him sometime soon!! Your family room is lovely! I buy the romaine from Costco all the time, seems to keep forever! I will have to check out the artisan ones.

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  40. Hi Kitty, I love Caesar salad and these bites look so yummy! I agree, perfect for a party. So happy that you shared them with Share Your Cup. Hope to see you often. I am pinning.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  41. How FUN! These look so beautiful and crisp, I am sure they taste amazing too! Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck....

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  42. Hi Kitty, just popping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at Share Your Cup. Thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  43. Kitty, you have to make me some without tomatoes! The gal who loves ketchup doesn't eat tomato, though I love how they look!
    That basket is wonderful, I bet you get lots of use from it!

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  44. This is SUCH a great idea! love it!

    Found you at Miz Helen's!

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  45. What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to try these so thanks much for sharing. Your home is so beautiful and the cloth on your table is to die for!

    xo
    Pat

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