You are going to love this recipe for Caesar steak sandwiches. Best of all, they’re so easy to make!
The recipe combines the essential components of a Caesar salad: crisp romaine lettuce, Caesar vinaigrette, and garlic bread (instead of croutons) – with perfectly cooked steak to create a satisfying and mouthwatering meal that’s perfect for gatherings or a fast weeknight dinner.
Plus, the versatile ingredients allow for a number of variations and substitutions, so you can customize the sandwich to suit your taste buds.
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Caesar Steak Sandwich Recipe Key Takeaways
- Caesar steak sandwiches merge Caesar salad flavors and steak for a delicious meal.
- Easy preparation makes it ideal for a weeknight dinner or gatherings.
- Versatile ingredients allow for customization and different options.
This is a sandwich that’s got something for everyone, and once you try it, you’re sure to fall in love.
Caesar Steak Sandwich Ingredients
I used storebought for this recipe to make life easier. The dressing I used with the Mother Raw Caesar Vinaigrette (it’s delicious).
Since I have a household of picky eaters, I like to look for a vegetarian Caesar salad dressing that doesn’t have anchovies.
For once, I prefer storebought over homemade but if you’re wanting to make it from scratch check out the following recipe.
To make Caesar dressing without anchovies, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined and refrigerate until ready to use.
Beef Steak Choices
I used leftover steak from the night before to make this sandwich.
You can reheat it by slowly bringing it up to temperate in a skillet or on the grill.
I simply used the microwave, the downside is my medium steak ended up well done, but it was still delicious.
For the perfect Caesar steak sandwich, you have some options when it comes to choosing the right cut of beef. Whichever cut you choose, make sure to season it with salt and pepper before grilling:
- Flank Steak: A lean and flavorful cut that works well for sandwiches. Be sure to slice it thinly against the grain to make it tender and easy to bite into.
- Top Sirloin: A tender and juicy cut that is ideal for grilling. Look for top sirloin boneless for easier slicing.
- Top Round Steak: A lean and budget-friendly option. Marinate it to make it tender and more flavorful.
Apart from the Caesar dressing and steak, you’ll need the following components for your sandwich:
- Garlic Bread: Toasted slices of bread with butter, minced garlic, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. This will add a delicious garlicky crunch to your sandwich.
You can make your own or buy storebought. I purchased a garlic bread baguette from the grocery store and it was perfect for a sandwich. If you buy thicker garlic bread, it will just make more sandwiches.
- Romaine Lettuce: Fresh, crisp romaine lettuce adds a touch of green and extra crunch. Make sure it’s washed and dried before using.
Feel free to customize your Caesar steak sandwich with any of these optional toppings:
- Shredded Parmesan Cheese: Sprinkle some on top of the dressing for an extra cheesy touch.
- Grilled Onions: Thinly slice and grill your onions until they are soft and caramelized to add some sweetness and texture.
- Crispy Bacon: Add bacon for a more traditional Caesar salad base. You can crumble it into the salad or lay it over top of the steak.
- Sundried Tomatoes: Marinated sundried tomatoes (rinsed of oil) take this sandwich up 10 levels. I was inspired by the Caesar Salad from InspiredGo (the Canadian salad delivery service I use).
- Sliced Avocado: Top your sandwich with creamy avocado (it adds more fiber too).
- Fresh Tomato Slices: Add fresh tomatoes if you prefer them over sundried.
- Roasted Red Peppers: This will bring a little sweetness and extra veggies to your sandwich.
Now that you have all your ingredients, assemble your sandwich by layering the lettuce, steak, Caesar dressing, and any optional toppings on the garlic bread.
Sometimes you might not have all the ingredients to make the classic Caesar steak sandwich, or maybe you just want to try something new. No worries! You can always experiment with different variations and substitutions to make the perfect sandwich for your taste buds.
If you’re looking to make your Caesar steak sandwich a bit healthier, consider these simple tweaks:
- Swap the bread: Opt for whole-grain bread, which will give you more fiber and nutrients. But garlic bread adds a ton of flavor to this recipe.
- Leaner protein: Replace steak with leaner protein like chicken or turkey to cut down on saturated fat. You’ll still gain the iron you need in your meal. The chicken version will be in our cookbook.
- Less sauce: Caesar dressing can be high in fat. Cut back on it, or substitute it with a lighter dressing.
Vegetarians fear not! You can still enjoy a Caesar-inspired sandwich by using grilled portobello mushrooms or even thick slices of marinated tofu as your main protein. The trick is to make sure you cook these alternatives well so they absorb the delicious flavors of your dressing and toppings.
As you can see, there are countless ways to customize your Caesar steak sandwich. The key is to have fun and listen to your taste buds – they won’t steer you wrong!
This recipe uses leftover cooked steak but if you were cooking the steak for this recipe here are some tips.
Marinating the Steak
This step is optional but if you want a flavorful steak, feel free to marinate it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Olive oil
- Soy sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
Combine these ingredients in a zip-top bag or sealable container and add the steak to it.
Ensure the steak is evenly coated, then put it in your refrigerator to marinate. Ideally, let it marinate for at least 2 hours, or even overnight for maximum flavor.
Cooking the Steak
Once the steak is marinated, you’re ready to cook it.
Preheat the grill or heat a nonstick skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat and add a bit of oil and butter.
Take the steak out of the marinade and let any excess drip off. Place the steak in the hot skillet and cook for about 3-5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness and your desired level of doneness.
After cooking, let the steak rest for a few minutes before slicing it into thin strips. This will help keep it juicy and tender.
While you’re waiting, prepare the other components of your sandwich.
Assembling the Sandwich
To assemble your Caesar steak sandwich, start by preparing some baked garlic bread.
You can either buy it pre-made or make it yourself by brushing sliced French bread with a mixture of melted butter, minced garlic, and dried parsley.
Bake or toast the bread until crispy and golden. I followed the package directions, which were 6-8 minutes.
If you’re making the Caesar dressing, mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, grated Parmesan cheese, and some garlic. You can either spread it over the bread or toss it in the salad.
Speaking of, toss the lettuce and parmesan in a bowl with the Caesar vinaigrette (I used store-bought).
Now it’s time to build your sandwich.
Add the Caesar salad to the garlic toast, top it with sliced steak, and any additional toppings (sundried tomatoes, bacon, etc). Add extra salad if desired.
Close the sandwich with the other piece of bread, press it down gently to help secure the filling, and enjoy your delicious Caesar salad steak sandwich!
Storing your Caesar steak sandwich properly is crucial to maintain its freshness and delicious taste. Here’s how you can store your sandwich to enjoy it later:
If you plan to eat your sandwich within a few hours, you can leave it at room temperature. Just be sure to cover it with cling wrap or aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out. Don’t leave it out for more than 2 hours.
It’s best to refrigerate your Caesar steak sandwich.
We recommend making the salad portion of the sandwich fresh, so the lettuce doesn’t get soggy and assembling prior to eating.
Wrap the garlic bread and steak with cling wrap or place it in an airtight container. This will help keep it fresh for up to 48 hours.
When you’re ready to eat, toss the salad and assemble the sandwich.
You can store the garlic bread and steak in the storage.
Do not freeze the salad portion of this recipe.
To do this, wrap it tightly in a freezer-safe cling wrap, then aluminum foil, and place it in a freezer-safe container or bag.
It’s a good idea to label it with the date and contents (we like these freezer labels).
When properly stored, your sandwich can last for up to 1 month in the freezer. To enjoy, simply thaw it in the fridge overnight and then heat it up in the oven or microwave.
Steak Sandwich Variations
Want to mix things up? Try these tasty variations on the classic Caesar steak sandwich:
- Steak & Pepper: Add some color and crunch by topping your sandwich with fresh bell pepper slices. Choose red, yellow, or orange peppers for a burst of antioxidants and vitamin C.
- Southwest-Style: Give your sandwich a southwestern twist by adding avocado, cilantro, and jalapeño slices. The heart-healthy fats in avocado help balance your meal.
- Mediterranean Twist: Swap the Caesar dressing for a drizzle of olive oil, and add feta cheese, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes for some Mediterranean flair.
FAQs about Caesar steak sandwiches
Side Dishes for Steak Caesar Sandwiches
Need some easy side dishes? Here are a few great options:
- Grilled or steamed vegetables. Toss your favorite veggies in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and grill them until tender and slightly charred. Or, if you prefer steaming, season your vegetables and wrap them in foil, then steam until your desired tenderness is reached.
- Chips and garlic-herb dipping sauce. For a casual and tasty spin, you can make your own garlic-herb dipping sauce by mixing minced garlic, parsley, chives, and lemon zest into mayonnaise or sour cream. Pair this delicious sauce with your favorite kettle-cooked chips or try making your own potato or sweet potato chips for an extra special touch.
- Parmesan-garlic roasted potatoes. cut your potatoes into wedges, coat them with olive oil, minced garlic, Parmesan cheese, and a dash of your favorite herbs. Roast in the oven at 400°F until crispy and golden brown.
- Potato wedges. Use the recipe above or season with simple salt and pepper.
- Coleslaw. Try out Spicy Coleslaw Recipe.
- Veggies and dip. Everyone loves veggies and dip. You can’t go wrong here. Pick up a tray from the store and you have a done-for-you side.
- French fries. Learn how to cook frozen fries in the air fryer the right way!
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More Beef Recipes
Here are a few more beef recipes we think you’ll love.
- Beef Enchilada Casserole
- Crockpot Salisbury Steak
- Oven-Baked Cheeseburgers
- Find all our easy beef recipes.
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Caesar Steak Sandwiches
- 1 loaf garlic bread I used a baguette loaf which was perfect for 2-3 people. If you use a larger loaf then adjust the ingredients accordingly.
- 1 lbs leftover cooked steak I used two leftovers but we have cooking instructions in the blog post.
- 2-4 tablespoons caesar salad dressing I used 2 tablespoons of Mother Earth vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 4 cups romaine lettuce
- Optional: sun-dried tomatoes, tomato slices, crispy bacon, grilled onions, roasted red peppers
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Cook the 1 loaf garlic bread according to the package directions. Let cool.1 loaf garlic bread
- While the garlic bread is cooking, toss together the 4 cups romaine lettuce, 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, and 2-4 tablespoons caesar salad dressing together (you can also add bacon at this step).2-4 tablespoons caesar salad dressing, 4 cups romaine lettuce, 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Reheat the steak and slice into strips. If cooking the steak, read the blog post for marinade and cooking tips.1 lbs leftover cooked steak
- When the garlic bread is cool to the touch, add half of the lettuce mix on the bottom and layer with the sliced steak. Add Optional toppings such as extra bacon, sundried tomatoes, etc, and the rest of the lettuce.Optional: sun-dried tomatoes, tomato slices, crispy bacon, grilled onions, roasted red peppers
- Slice into portions and serve.