Salads > Shrimp Caesar Salad

‘Mise en place’ a French term that translates to “everything ready and in its place”, one must carefully sort and assemble equipment & ingredients in the recipe, as many components are required to prepare this salad.

Being more organized helps one to save time and avoid mistakes.

There are 3 steps that need to be followed to prepare and cook this dish, they are:

1. Collecting equipment.

2. Collecting ingredients as listed.

3. Preparing ingredients as instructed.

To produce Shrimp Caesar Salad, it is essential to have the right equipment, for example the green, blue and white color-coded chopping boards are required to prevent the bacteria from the raw seafood to cross contaminate the cheese or lettuce.

You will also require tongs to toss the shrimp in the grilling pan while grilling

Following are the equipment needed to produce the dish:

1. Measuring scale

2. Measuring cups & spoon set

3. Green & blue chopping board

4. Green & blue chef knives

5. Paring knife

6. Mixing bowls small

7. Mixing bowl medium

8. Mixing bowl large

9. Spatula – rubber/ wooden

10. Pastry brush

11. Peeler

12. Grater

13. Whisk

14. Tongs

15. Sauté/grill pan medium

16. Baking sheet/ tray

17. Tablespoons

18. Serving bowl & salad spoon

19. Serving plate & cutlery

It is essential to use fresh shrimp over frozen shrimp, as fresh ingredients have a more natural taste, which will give the dish maximum flavor.

The main ingredients in a Caesar Salad are the lettuce, croutons, Parmesan Cheese and Caesar dressing.

The seasoned romaine and iceberg lettuce provide the crunchiness and texture, while the garlic scented croutons add a blast of flavor.

That paired with the mayonnaise and anchovies  from the dressing, provide richness to the salad.

Tip: If allergic to seafood, do not add anchovies to the dressing and diced grilled chicken can replace the shrimps (follow same recipe).

For knowledge of what you should essentially have in the kitchen, make sure to check out the Kitchen Staples section.

Following are the ingredients needed to produce the dish:

1. Shrimp

2. Olive oil

3. Lemon

4. Garlic

5. Salt & pepper

6. Romaine lettuce

7. Iceberg lettuce

For Caesar Salad Dressing

1. Mayonnaise

2. Anchovy fillets

3. Parmesan cheese

4. Lemon

For Garlic-Scented Croutons

1. Sliced bread/sheet

2. Butter

3. Garlic

4. Salt & pepper

It is important to prepare your ingredients in an organized flow, to achieve a successful outcome of the dish.

Even though this is a simple salad, the ingredients need to be measured out for each of the components in the dish, to get the right proportions.

Removing the shell and deveining the shrimps are a must. Leaving the tail of the shrimp on, will add to the presentation of the salad.

Tip: The yield of shrimps after peeling and deveining reduces by 60%, so when purchasing, order double the quantity needed. e.g :  if you need 100 g of cleaned shrimp, purchase 200-250 g of uncleaned shrimp.

Illustrated here are the methods used to prepare the ingredients for this recipe:

Shelling and deveining the shrimp.

Remove the head and shell of the shrimp, leaving the tail in place. Using a paring knife, make a length wise incision along the dark vein and remove it. Not deveining the shrimp will cause stomach upsets.

Mincing (to chop food into very small pieces)

The garlic and anchovies are minced.

Chopping (to cut solids into pieces with a sharp knife or other chopping device)

The Romaine and Iceberg Lettuce are chopped to bite size pieces. Tip: tearing the lettuce, rather than cutting will add volume to the salad.

Shaving (peeling off thin slices from a block, using a peeler)

The parmesan cheese is shaved from the block.

Now that the ingredients have been prepared, it is time to get cooking!

To produce the Shrimp Caesar Salad, the garlic scented slices of bread are cut into cubes and then baked in the oven, to make croutons. Shrimps should be grilled for a few minutes on each side, then the salad is tossed with the Caesar dressing to get an even coating

Illustrated here are the cooking/preparation techniques used in this recipe:

Baking (cooking food in dry, in an oven)

Before baking the croutons, lightly brush both sides of the bread slice with the oil mixture and cut into cubes. Bake it in the oven for 3-4 minutes.

Grilling (to cook food directly over or under high heat)

Shrimps are grilled for few minutes on each side.

Tossing (to mix ingredients together with a sauce or dressing)

Toss the Caesar Salad dressing with the lettuce until well coated

The Shrimp Caesar Salad is best presented in a plain white square or round serving plate. The contrast of the refreshing combination of green with shrimp and croutons against a plain white plate brings out the life of the dish.

Topping the salad with the shrimp, croutons and parmesan shavings will give the salad a mouth-watering appeal.

Tip: Toss the lettuce in the dressing, just before serving to get the best results. If you toss the lettuce in the dressing well in advance and store the salad, the lettuce will wilt and collapse.

Raw Ingredients

Ingredients such as garlic, salt & pepper must be stored in a dry place, away from moisture.

Lemon, Romaine lettuce and iceberg lettuce can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Parmesan cheese if well wrapped can be stored up to 6 months in the fridge, as it is a hard and well matured cheese.

Bottled Mayonnaise can be stored in the fridge until it expires. Homemade Mayonnaise is best used within a day or two.

Unopened canned anchovy fillets can be stored in a cool dry place, at room temperature, until it expires. Once opened, the contents must be transferred to a lidded container and can be kept in the fridge, where it can be stored for 1 to 2 weeks.

Raw fresh shrimp can be kept covered in the fridge for a maximum of 2 days.

Cooked Ingredients

Cooked shrimp can be placed in a lidded container or heavy duty zip lock bag in the fridge for up to 3 days and can last up to 3 months if stored in the freezer.


It is not advisable to store the leftover of Shrimp Caesar Salad because of its components. The lettuce once tossed in dressing will not taste the same.


Shrimp Caesar Salad Yield : 4 Portions
Ingredients Quantity
Shrimp (peeled & deveined) 100 g
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Lemon (juice) 1 tbsp
Garlic (minced) 2 cloves
Salt & pepper as required
Romaine lettuce (chopped) 1/4 head
Iceberg lettuce (chopped) 1/4 head
For Caesar Dressing
Mayonnaise (light) 2 tbsp
Anchovy fillets (rinsed, minced) 2 pieces
Parmesan cheese (grated) 2 tbsp
Lemon (juice) 1 tbsp
For Garlic-Scented Croutons
Bread 2 slices
Melted butter 1/3 cup
Garlic (finely minced) 4 cloves
Salt & pepper as required


1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F.

2. In a bowl, mix the minced garlic with melted butter, salt & pepper. Using a pastry brush lightly brush both sides of the bread with the butter mixture.

3. Cut the buttered bread into cubes, put on a baking tray and bake for 7-8 minutes or until croutons are crisp and brown.

4. Preheat a grill pan over a medium-high flame. Toss shrimp with the olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper, toss again and grill until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

5. Transfer the shrimp to a plate and drizzle with the lemon juice.

6. In a mixing bowl, whisk the Mayonnaise, chopped Anchovy fillets, grated Parmesan and Lemon juice to make the Caesar dressing.

7. In a large bowl, toss the dressing with the lettuce until well coated.

8. Place the tossed lettuce in a serving dish, top with the croutons, shrimps and Parmesan shavings.

Ingredients Equipment Quantity Techniques
Shrimp (peeled & deveined)  Measuring scale  Shelling and deveining the shrimp 
Olive oil  Measuring cups & spoon set  Mincing 
Lemon  Green & blue chopping board  Chopping 
Garlic  Green & blue chef knives  Baking 
Salt  Paring knife  Grilling 
Pepper  Mixing bowls small  Tossing 
Romaine lettuce  Mixing bowl medium   
Iceberg lettuce  Mixing bowl large   
Mayonnaise (light)  Spatula – rubber/ wooden   
Anchovy fillets  Tongs   
Parmesan cheese  Pastry brush   
Bread  Grater     
Melted butter  Peeler   
  Sauté/grill pan medium   
  Baking sheet/ tray   
  Serving bowl & salad spoon   
  Serving plate & cutlery