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Treva's Caesar Salad: A Taste of Gamberetti's & a Shot at Culinary Stardom

Caesar Salad Ingredients on a board
Caesar Salad Ingredients

Spring has officially sprung in Salem, Oregon, and with it comes a burst of fresh flavors at Gamberetti's Italian Restaurant. But there's more than just seasonal menus to celebrate – our very own Treva Gambs has been nominated for a prestigious culinary competition! As we gear up to cheer her on, let's dive into a Gamberetti's staple: Treva's signature Caesar salad dressing. Get ready for a garlicky punch and a reminder that the best recipes are the ones you make your own!

Carla Hall Presents Favorite Chef

A Chance for Culinary Stardom

Before we dive into the deliciousness, we have some exciting news to share! Treva has been nominated as a contender in "Carla Hall Presents Favorite Chef," a competition that could see her win $25,000 AND the opportunity to cook alongside celebrity chef Carla Hall.

But here's where YOU come in, Salem. The voting starts next week, and we need your support to help Treva reach the top! Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates on how to vote. Let's show the world what Salem's culinary scene is all about!

Treva's Caesar Salad: More Than Just a Recipe

Now, back to the salad. Treva's Caesar dressing isn't just a recipe, it's a testament to her passion for fresh, simple ingredients and her belief that the best food is made with love. This dressing is a staple at Gamberetti's, but Treva's sharing a slightly more garlicky version – her personal favorite!

"A perfect bite is a perfectly dressed salad." ~ Treva Gambs

Treva's Garlic-Lover's Caesar Dressing

Yields: 12 side salads or 4 entrée salads

Pairs well with: Bloody Mary or Treva's fav, a classic Canadian Bloody Caesar

Plated Caesar Salad with Toppings

Ingredients (to taste, but here's a baseline):

  • 4 heads romaine lettuce

  • 5 eggs (4 yolks, 1 whole)

  • 5 garlic cloves (or more, if you're like Treva!)

  • 7 anchovies

  • 1/2 large lemon, juiced

  • 10 dashes Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

  • 1/8 cup olive oil

  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • Croutons

  • Shaved parmesan


  1. In a food processor/blender, combine eggs, garlic, and anchovies. Blitz!

  2. Add lemon juice, Worcestershire, and Dijon. Blitz again.

  3. Add Parmesan. While blending, slowly drizzle in olive oil until desired consistency.

  4. Taste, taste, taste! Adjust with salt, pepper, or more oil as needed.

Treva's Salad Prep Tips:

  • Wash and dry romaine thoroughly. Tear leaves by hand for the best texture.

  • Toss generously with dressing in a bowl, ensuring every leaf is well coated.

  • Plate and finish with fresh cracked pepper, shaved parmesan and toasted croutons.

Bringing Italy to Salem

At Gamberetti's, we believe that Italian food is more than just a cuisine; it's a celebration of life, family, and fresh ingredients. From our house-made pastas to our vibrant salads (like this Caesar!), every dish is made with love and passion.

So come join us for a taste of Italy in Salem, Oregon. Whether you're enjoying our famous Caesar or another one of our delectable dishes, you're sure to find something that satisfies your craving for authentic Italian flavors. And don't forget to vote for Treva in the Favorite Chef competition next week! Your support means the world to us!

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