I’m obsessed with caesar salad. As a salad, as a spring roll, and now as these caesar salad toasts.
As we enter the coldest, darkest part of the year, I’m sometimes hesitant to serve cold food. However, as a seasonal eater, some of of the most beautiful salad greens are harvested in the winter. As a result, these caesar salad toasts are a compromise of warm appetizers and beautiful lettuces.
Caesar Salad Toasts
These caesar salad toasts have four parts: the bread, the greens, the dressing, and the cheese. Each ingredient is quite adaptable, which is something I love about this recipe. But I want to be sure I don’t steer you wrong!
Ingredient 1: Baguette
I love using a fresh, crusty baguette for these caesar salad toasts. The rounds are just the right size for a few bites of cheesy, salad-y goodness. But fear not if you don’t have baguette! Any quality bread will do. Just be sure to slice them or cut them into your preferred size. Have a large ciabatta? Cut each slice into half or thirds. You could even toast large planks and turn these caesar salad toasts into a fork and knife operation.
Ingredient 2: Radicchio
Radicchio served raw typically has a strong bitter flavor, which is why I like it! Coating it with dressing and wilting it in a hot oven makes it more palatable to the general public. It’s also a fairly hearty green so it withstands the heat in the oven. Other options include kale, cabbage, and endive. I don’t recommend baby greens as they’re too delicate for the high temperature.
Ingredient 3: Miso Caesar Dressing
I love my miso caesar dressing because I always have the components on hand. Sometimes I’m even lucky enough to have some dressing pre-made and stored in the fridge. You could easily make these caesar salad toasts with store bought caesar dressing or any other dressing you have on hand.
Ingredient 4: Parmesan cheese
Go ahead, get messy with your parmesan sprinkle. The tasty parmesan crisps are awesome too! If you are looking for an alternate, another hard cheese like pecorino or manchego would be good. Of course, you can omit the parmesan if you desire. But I love the nutty, toasty cheesy flavor that sneaks its way into these caesar salad toasts.
Caesar Salad Toasts
- 1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 24 slices)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 head of radicchio, shredded (about 150g)
- 4 tablespoons miso caesar dressing
- 1 ounce shredded parmesan
Heat oven to 250°F.
Brush each slice of bread with olive oil and lay on a baking sheet.
Lightly toast bread for 5 to 10 minutes on each side.
While bread is toasting, toss radicchio with caesar dressing.
When bread is toasted, remove from oven. Increase heat to 450°F.
Generously spoon dressed radicchio onto each slice of bread. Sprinkle with parmesan.
Bake caesar salad toast for 5 mins.
I slice my baguette into 1/2-inch rounds but you can slice thinner or thicker as you prefer. Adjust the toasting time accordingly.
My miso caesar dressing is vegan and gluten free. Simply leave off the parmesan or use your favorite vegan substitute.
You could do this caesar salad toast on your preferred gluten free bread or swap roasted potato or sweet potato rounds.
Check the Fridge
This caesar salad toast is a great way to use up slightly stale bread or leftover salad you may have in your fridge. If you don’t have radicchio, another hearty green like kale or cabbage is a good option.