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Caesar Salad Parmesan Cups

August 14, 2021 (Last Updated: January 23, 2023) by Chris Collins

These mini parmesan cups are the perfect finger food for any occasion! They’re also loaded with a quick and ridiculously Caesar Salad.

I know, it’s fairly rare you see a salad on this site. But, these salad cups are 100% comfort food – trust me! Plus, just look how darn cute they are 🥰

caesar salad parmesan cups on long dark wooden board

Parmesan Crisps

To make the parmesan cups you’re essentially just making parmesan crisps and moulding them into a cup shape.

If you’ve never made parmesan crisps before, I promise it couldn’t be easier! Just add some freshly grated parmesan to a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Make sure the mounds are around 3″ wide and aren’t touching each other.

How long to bake the parmesan for?

You want the parmesan to obviously melt, but not so much it turns deep golden and gets too crispy to mould. It’ll burn pretty quick so just keep an eye on it.

2 step by step photos showing how to make parmesan crisps

Parmesan Cups

Once you’ve got the parmesan to a pliable state, you’ll want to form the cups. There’s a few different way to do this, but I find the easiest way is to press the parmesan crisp around the bottom of a muffin tray. Just grab a paper towel, place it on top and use your fingers to press the parmesan around the curve of the tray. The paper towel will act as a barrier between the heat, but will also soak up the grease.


  • Parmesan keeps snapping – If you’re trying to mould the parmesan and it’s too brittle, it means it was either baked for slightly too long, or you’ve let it cool for too long (you need to work quick). You’ll need to pop it back in the oven to loosen it back up. You can either leave it on the upside down muffin tray and place it in the oven. From there it will melt and wrap itself around the tray. Or, just place it back on to the baking tray and pop in the oven for a min or so.
  • Parmesan stuck to the muffin tray – Once the parmesan moulds it can sometimes stick. But, as it cools it’ll loosen up. Just very carefully wiggle it off.

In all cases I recommend testing with one cup, just to get a feel for timings etc.

Process shots: carefully lift parmesan crisp off tray (photo 1), add to upside down muffin tray (photo 2), use paper towel to carefully mould around tray (photo 3), remove paper towel (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make parmesan cups

Caesar Salad Parmesan Cups

A Caesar salad is absolutely made for these cups, purely because of the parmesan aspect. You can make the salad anyway you fancy, I know people make Caesar salads in different ways. Personally I go for:

  • Romaine Lettuce (a must)
  • Caesar Dressing (a must)
  • Croutons (a must)
  • Chicken (optional)
  • Pancetta (optional)

Process shots: add dressing, lettuce and chicken in bowl (photo 1), toss to combine (photo 2), add into cups then sprinkle with croutons and pancetta (photo 3).

3 step by step photos showing how to make caesar salad cups

Serving Caesar Salad Parmesan Cups

I usually mix the lettuce and chicken with the dressing, then to serve I sprinkle over the croutons and pancetta, just to keep them nice and crispy! These are awesome for a gathering of any kind and make the perfect finger food!

For more delicious edible cup recipes check out my Breakfast Toast Cups and Ham, Egg and Cheese Tortilla Cups!

For more Caesar salad goodness check out my Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad and Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these Parmesan Cups shall we!?

overhead shot of hand holding chicken caesar salad parmesan cups

How to make Parmesan Salad Cups (Full Recipe & Video)

caesar salad parmesan cups on long dark wooden board

Caesar Salad Parmesan Cups

These mini parmesan cups are the perfect finger food for any occasion! They're also loaded with a quick and ridiculously Caesar Salad.
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Servings (click & slide): 12 cups
Course: Appetizer / Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories per serving: 50kcal
Cost per serving: £1 / $1


  • Large Baking Tray & Parchment Paper
  • Plastic Spatula
  • Muffin Tray
  • Medium Sized Mixing Bowl & Salad Tossers
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Frying Pan (for chicken/pancetta)
  • Fine Cheese Grater
  • Paper Towels

Ingredients (check list):

  • 5oz / 150g freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 head of Romaine Lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup / 60g Croutons (see notes)
  • Caesar Salad Dressing, to preference
  • 1 Chicken Breast grilled/fried & diced (optional)
  • 3.5oz / 100g Pancetta or Bacon, diced (optional)


  • Pre heat oven to 180C/350F.
  • Working in batches of 4 at a time, add a couple of tbsp of parmesan to a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread out to around 3" wide, making sure the circles don't touch each other.
  • Bake in the oven for 4-5mins, or until the parmesan has melted and is just starting to turn golden. Remove from the oven and leave for 30 seconds, or until you're able to use a spatula to lift them. Try to work fairly quickly (see notes).
  • Immediately place over an upside down muffin tray, place a sheet of paper towel over the top then gently mould the parmesan around the muffin hole. If you're struggling to form the cup without it breaking, leave the parmesan on the muffin hole and place it in the oven for a minute or so. It'll melt around the hole. Once it's cool enough to handle remove it and place to one side. Repeat process 2 more times with remaining parmesan.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl combine lettuce with a few dollops Caesar dressing and chicken. Start off conservatively with the dressing and work your way up so the salad doesn't drown. Divide between cups then top with pancetta and croutons. Enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Croutons - To make croutons just cube up a few slices of bread, preferably a day or so old. Combine with a good glug of olive oil oil and preferred seasoning (I use Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and black pepper). Then spread out on a baking tray and bake at 180C/350F for 20mins or so, shaking frequently until deep golden.
b) Parmesan Texture - The longer you bake the parmesan, the deeper golden it'll turn and the crispier the cups will be. This will in turn make them more difficult to mould. However, you do want to bake the parmesan just past the stage of melting, just so they're not chewy. I recommend testing one if this is your first go, just to find the perfect texture.
c) Moulding the Parmesan - Another way to do it is with the muffin tray the right way up. Just gently press the parmesan into the holes (using a shot glass works great!). I just prefer the other way because you can use a paper towel to help mould, which not only acts as a barrier to the heat, but also helps absorb the fat. In both cases though you want to work fairly quickly. If the parmesan crisps up too quick and you can't mould the cups just place it back in the oven for a minute to loosen up again. Or, do as I mention in the method and place them over the muffin dents in the oven, they'll wrap themselves around.
d) Calories - Just for the parmesan cups:

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Nutrition Facts
Caesar Salad Parmesan Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.29g5%
Saturated Fat 1.816g9%
Trans Fat 0.104g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.164g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.843g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 213mg9%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 1.64g1%
Sugar 0.01g0%
Protein 3.36g7%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 0.06mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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    April 7, 2024 at 12:05 pm

    5 stars

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      Chris Collins
      April 7, 2024 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Daena! 🙂 C.