Sunday, April 27, 2008

Light and Delicious Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad, or is it Caesar Salad ?

This salad is one of our all time favorites. We love all the strong flavors that make this salad so delicious. The dressing should be made at least a couple of hours ahead so that the flavors have a chance to mingle and mellow out together. When we first starting making this salad we used raw eggs, but with the concern with salmonella, we have substituted light mayo for the eggs. The salad is really simple to put together and can be ready in no time at all. The recipe will serve 4 as a salad or 2 as an entree. For an even better flavor, use our Home Made Croutons.


  • 1 tbsp of anchovy paste or can of anchovies (blotted)
  • 1 tbsp of finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup of light mayonnaise
  • 1-2 limes
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • black pepper
  • 10-12 leaves of romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese either shaved or coarsely grated
  • 2 grilled chicken breast, sliced


  1. Place anchovy, garlic and mayo in a small mixing bowl. If you are using the can anchovies, chop the anchovies before using.
  2. Using a whisk, mix them until well blended.
  3. Add the lime juice from the lime(s) and incorporated it into the mixture using a whisk. How much lime juice you use is a matter of personal preference and also how much juice you get out of the lime(s). We tend to like the dressing on the tart side, so we use all the lime juice.
  4. Slowly drizzle the olive oil and whisk it into the mixture. How much oil you use will depend on your personal preference as to the consistency of the dressing.
  5. Add ground black pepper to taste and let the dressing stand for at least 30 minutes. If you are not planning to use the dressing immediately, refrigerate. Let the dressing come to room temperature before using it. Will yield about one cup of dressing.
  6. Wash the romaine lettuce and either chop or tear into bit size.
  7. Place the lettuce in a serving bowl and add the croutons.
  8. Add the parmesan cheese.
  9. Add the cesar dressing and toss the salad until it is well coated.
  10. Add the thinly sliced chicken breast and drizzle dressing on the chicken.
  11. Grind black pepper to taste on the salad and its ready to serve.

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