Oddly, winter is my favourite time of the year for salad because it is when fennel, bitter leaves (the love of radicchio is in my genes) and citrus are in season – a heavenly combination that is extremely versatile and rewarding. It all makes for a lovely dinner alongside some pan-fried trout, some chicken or just a piece of cheese and some bread (and wine).
Ceasar salad is a recipe that is more famous outside of Italy than within it. It was invented in 1924 by Cesare Cardini, an Italian chef who emigrated to the US. This salad quickly gained fame around the States, and then came back to Europe. The idea was to mix the flavours of Italy (Romaine lettuce, olive oil, garlic and Parmesan) with flavours of the new world. Today, the recipe counts many variations – with chicken, bacon, eggs etc. This one below is the classic Ceasar salad recipe.