Chicken Caesar Salad (Croutons and Creamy Caesar Dressing)

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Chicken Caesar Salad (Croutons and Creamy Dressing)

It’s summer. It’s hot. Salad is the perfect answer to the weather; what better way to satisfy your hunger than with a Chicken Caesar Salad? How about adding homemade croutons and a super quick homemade creamy Caesar Dressing!  

I make a creamy Caesar dressing from scratch that involves coddling eggs; another that requires raw egg yolks. I know many people are fearful of raw/partially raw eggs, so I thought I’d come up with a quick version that removes that fear. This recipe is it. And it’s delicious.

In my mind, besides the dressing, the croutons make a Caesar salad. Normally, I will pick out the croutons from restaurant salads unless I know that they make them fresh. There is something about packaged croutons that reminds me of bricks; it’s probably that they have the same density.

These croutons are so incredibly tasty…and so SO easy. There is one little “secret” ingredient that makes them. Who knew such a tiny addition would make such a difference?

Anyway, since I was making kind of a cheater dressing…and since it’s so hot out (and I really didn’t want to heat my oven for 30-40 minutes to cook the chicken), I decided to take the cheating to another level. I bought and used the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken. You know, rotisserie chicken, already cooked, was less expensive than a whole, raw chicken…or even a package of boneless skinless breasts? What a treat! I even had the rest of the meat leftover to make a small chicken salad for lunch sandwiches!

This was the perfect answer for dinner on a day when the thermometer on my front porch, in the shade, reached 100 degrees!

P~

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Chicken Caesar Salad (Croutons and Creamy Caesar Dressing)
 
It's summer. It's hot. Salad is the perfect answer to the weather; what better way to satisfy your hunger than with a Chicken Caesar Salad? How about some homemade croutons and a super quick creamy Caesar Dressing!
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Ingredients
  • 1 head romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
  • 1 rotisserie chicken breast meat, chopped (or two boneless, skinless breasts, baked)
  • FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 1 cup Greek style plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ lemon, juiced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 fillets of anchovy (about ½ of a 2 ounce tin) plus two fillets for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • A dash of Tabasco sauce (or other hot sauce - I used about 4 shakes)
  • A pinch of herbes de Provence
  • Coarse ground black pepper, to taste*
  • FOR THE CROUTONS:
  • 2 cups fresh French bread, cubed (I used the remnants of a mini boule)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock**
  • A pinch of rosemary, crushed (or minced finely, if fresh)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced and crushed
  • FOR SALAD GARNISH:
  • 1 ounce (about) Parmesan cheese, shaved or coarsely grated
Instructions
  1. Chop the romaine lettuce and place in a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the cooked, chopped chicken over the romaine in the bowl.
  3. In a food processor, or blender, add all the ingredients of the dressing and puree.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, mix all the ingredients for the croutons and toss until the butter and the chicken stock is absorbed.
  5. Place the croutons on a baking sheet and toast in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool (about 5 minutes). They will cool more quickly if you remove them from the baking sheet.
  7. Sprinkle the croutons over the ingredients in the salad bowl.
  8. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the ingredients in the salad bowl.
  9. Add the reserved anchovy fillets as garnish.
  10. Serve with the dressing, either tossed onto the salad or on the side.***
Notes
*I didn't add salt, as the anchovies make it salty enough to suit me. You add some, if you wish. Taste it first!
**The "secret" ingredient! You won't BELIEVE what this adds to the croutons!
***I prefer less dressing than most people, so I prefer to serve the dressing on the side and allow people to add their desired amount.

 

Croutons that take a few minutes but taste like a lot of trouble…

 

Cheater Caesar Dressing…for the raw egg fearful…tastes like homemade…because it is!

About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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One Response to Chicken Caesar Salad (Croutons and Creamy Caesar Dressing)

  1. Wow, that dressing sounds amazing! What a great salad, full of flavor without the guilt :) Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon!

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