Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

As summer rolls around, it’s time to embrace light and refreshing meals that keep us cool and satisfied. For us, a classic Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad is the perfect dish to enjoy during these warmer months. With its crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons, and a rich, tangy homemade dressing, this salad is a timeless favourite that never disappoints. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through how to create a perfect Grilled Caesar Salad with a light homemade dressing that will elevate your summer dining experience.

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The Charm of Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad is beloved for its simplicity and flavour ingredients. It’s the perfect balance of crunchy, creamy, and savoury elements.

We have significantly reduced the amount of olive oil used in traditional Caesar salad dressings. In its place we’ve added Greek yoghurt and Worcestershire sauce to make this salad dressing much kinder to our waistline.  Calories have been reduced by 100 and fat content is also down by 12g too!

The Birth of a Classic

The Caesar Salad is a timeless culinary creation that has found its way onto menus around the world. Despite its ubiquity, many people are unaware of its intriguing origins and the story behind its name. The salad was invented in the early 1920s by Caesar Cardini, an Italian-American restaurateur. Caesar Cardini lived in San Diego but opened a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico to attract American customers seeking to circumvent the restrictions of Prohibition.

On July 4th, 1924, Cardini faced a rush of diners and found his kitchen running low on supplies. With limited ingredients, he improvised a salad using romaine lettuce, garlic, croutons, Parmesan cheese, boiled eggs, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce. Legend has it that he tossed the salad with great flair at the table side, adding a dramatic touch to the simple, yet delicious, creation.

The Evolution of Caesar Salad

Whilst the original recipe used only Worcestershire Sauce later variations have evolved to incorporate anchovy fillets directly into the dressing.  This addition enhances the umami taste that we now associate with this classic dish.

Global Popularity

Caesar Salad’s popularity soared in the mid-20th century, especially after being featured in American culinary magazines. Quickly gaining the endorsement of celebrities and food critics it went on to become a staple in fine dining and casual eateries alike.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Recipe by Colleene Wink
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes

Ingredients

  • 450g grilled chicken breast, sliced

  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon (5g) garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon (5g) paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Croutons
  • 4 slices whole grain bread, cubed

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried herbs (such as parsley, oregano, basil, or thyme) (optional)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Homemade Caesar Dressing
  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 50g anchovy fillets

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (see notes for substitutes)

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons (30g) non-fat Greek yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons (10g) grated Parmesan cheese

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken breast until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes per side. (Alternatively air fry at 170 ℃ for 7 minutes on each side) Let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • In a large bowl, toss romaine lettuce, and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • For your homemade croutons, preheat your Airfryer to 190 ℃. Cut the bread into about ½ to ¾ inch in size and season.  Bake for around 5 minutes and then toss them around before baking for another 3 minutes.
  • Add grilled chicken slices and toasted croutons to the salad.
  • Homemade Caesar Dressing Directions
  • In a blender or food processor, combine the garlic, anchovy fillets, egg yolks, Worcestershire sauce (or alternatives) and the Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth
  • With the blender running, gradually add olive oil in a steady stream until the dressing emulsifies.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

  • If you don’t have Worcestershire sauce, you can replace it with a combination of other ingredients to achieve a similar umami flavour. Here are a few alternatives you can use in your Caesar salad dressing:
  • Soy Sauce and Lemon Juice – 1 teaspoon soy sauce + 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice: Soy sauce provides the umami flavour, while lemon juice adds the tanginess
  • Soy Sauce and Vinegar – 1 teaspoon soy sauce + 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar or apple cider vinegar: This combination mimics the tartness and depth of Worcestershire sauce
  • Balsamic Vinegar – 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar: While not an exact match, balsamic vinegar adds a sweet-tart depth that can complement the other flavours in the dressing
  • Fish Sauce – 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce: Fish sauce is very potent, so use it sparingly. It adds a strong umami flavour similar to Worcestershire sauce
  • Anchovy Paste – 1/4 teaspoon anchovy paste + 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice: Since anchovies are a key ingredient in Worcestershire sauce, anchovy paste can be a good substitute
  • You can always use shop bought croutons, but, homemade are so easy to make and so much cheaper!  If you go for shop bought you will need around 100g.

A homemade Caesar Salad is a delightful addition to any summer meal. The fresh, crunchy romaine lettuce paired with the creamy, tangy dressing is a combination that’s hard to beat. Making your own dressing ensures a depth of flavour that truly elevates this classic dish. So, the next time you’re looking for a refreshing and satisfying summer salad, give this Caesar Salad with homemade dressing a try.

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