The Caesar Salad is the end product of experience meeting circumstance. Legend has it that Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant living in the United States but working in Tijuana, Mexico in the 1920s, created this salad because of an unexpected rush of customers and limited supplies.
Using just a few simple ingredients found in his kitchen, he decided to make a performance out of the process. He prepared and tossed the salad table-side to entertain the customers and sell the new dressing.
A garlic and anchovy paste is the base of the dressing. While this paste can be created in a food processor or blender, it will be to the detriment of your end goal. The food processor will only cut the garlic, losing all the juices and flavors that are released when crushed with a pestle. A blender creates an oddly thick and chunky dressing that won’t excite anybody’s taste buds.