True Caesar Salad: Cookbook submissions over the years

I was the Preschool and Lower School Director at The Swain School from September, 1987 – June, 2008. Food / Cooking being a Passion of mine…. 
For the School’s 60th Anniversary, I volunteered my time to compiling an Anniversary Cookbook! 
To this day…. People still comment to me about how they refer to it for some favorites!

The cookbook is out-of-print so….

I will be sharing some of the recipes on this blog that I / our family submitted and some of our favorites from our Swain friends!!

Submitted by The Lipsky Family: “TRUE” CAESAR SALAD*

created by Caesar Cardini at Caesar’s Hotel in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924

  • 2 heads of romaine, washed, dried
  • and refrigerated at least 8 hours
  • 3/4 cup garlic flavored oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 large lemon, halved
  • 6 – 8 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 coddled eggs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup croutons
  • wooden salad bowl


  • put 4-5 cloves of garlic in mixture of 1 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • cover and let set 4 -5 days – remove garlic.


  • bring water to a boil, add eggs.
  • Remove pan from heat – after 1 minute remove eggs from water and set aside.


  • take 2 day old bread – remove crusts – cut into 25 squares.
  • Place in roasting pan and dribble with 3/4 cup garlic flavored oil, flip to coat.
  • Bake at 350 (degree oven) for 30 minutes, flipping cubes every 5 minutes.


  • Place romaine in salad bowl and toss with 1/2 cup oil (using a waving motion).
  • Add salt and pepper, toss again.
  • Add lemons, Worcestershire sauce, break eggs over salad, add remaining 1/4 cup oil and cheese and toss again.
  • Add croutons last and toss lightly.

After gathering ingredients, make this in front of your guests at the table.
Arrange leaves on a dinner plate stem side out – this makes it easier to eat with fingers!!

*Submitted by The Lipsky Family to The Swain School – 60 Years of Traditions and Family Recipes in 1989

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