The big secrets to a Caesar salad that pops are anchovies, good fresh crisp romaine, and properly emulsified dressing. The other ingredients are important too… but those three are where most people take shortcuts that make the result fall short.
This recipe seeks a 70/30 mix of meat to fat. Some folks prefer a little leaner, 80/20. Adjust the meat ratio to your own satisfaction, making sure to add the total of meat and fat into the “Servings” field to be certain all the other ingredient amounts are correct.