Caesar Salad and Steak: The Ultimate Lettuce Wrap Pairing

Invented in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico, Caesar salad is named after its creator, Caesar Cardini. In this Popular recipe, we’ve combined anchovy paste, mayonnaise, and Parmesan cheese for a simply excellent dressing that’s served over mouthwatering steak and potato lettuce cups. We’re pretty sure Cardini would approve.

1 cup grape tomatoes
2 5-ounce steaks
1 lemon
1 red onion
1 clove garlic
12 ounces red-skinned potatoes
1 head Boston lettuce
.25 teaspoon anchovy paste (swap in Worcestershire sauce if you can’t find it)
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
.5 ounce grated Parmesan cheese
1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese


1. Boil Potatoes

Rinse potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Place in a medium pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Season water generously with salt, bring to a boil over high heat, and cook until potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife tip, 9-10 minutes. While potatoes boil, halve lemon. Drain potatoes and return to pot, off heat. Immediately add juice of .5 lemon and 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss to coat. Taste and add salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.

2. Prepare Ingredients

Peel onion, halve, and thinly slice. Rinse remaining produce. Halve tomatoes. Pull off 6 large lettuce leaves. Snack on remainder or save for a sandwich or burger. Pat steak dry with paper towel.

3. Cook Steak and Onion

Heat 1.5 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Season steak all over with .5 teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. When oil is shimmering, add steak. Scatter onion around, seasoning with .25 teaspoon salt. Cook until onion is softened and steak is browned on outside and medium rare, 4-6 minutes per side. Transfer steak and onion to a plate to rest for about 5 minutes.

4. Make Garlic Paste

While steak rests, mince garlic on a cutting board and sprinkle over .125 teaspoon salt. Using a large knife, carefully scrape over mixture at a 45° angle, pressing down. Repeat until garlic is broken down and a paste forms.

5. Make Caesar Dressing

In a medium bowl, whisk together anchovy paste, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan, garlic paste, and juice of remaining lemon until fully combined. Season with pepper, as desired.

6. Plate Caesar Steak Lettuce Wraps

Thinly slice steak against the grain, then halve in the opposite direction. Divide between lettuce leaves and top with onion, potatoes, and tomatoes. Drizzle Caesar dressing over everything and garnish with shavedParmesan. Enjoy your well-deserved feast!


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