There are a few things in life that are worth the extra time and effort to make from scratch and caesar salad is one of them!
What Goes into a Caesar Salad Recipe?
It can vary slightly but the basics include; romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons (homemade!) and of course homemade dressing!
A homemade caesar salad dressing cannot be beat and will taste 100x better than anything you will buy in the store-no matter how fancy the bottle may be 🙂 (sigh…yes I’m a sucker for nice packaging too, but don’t be fooled!) This will be so much better!
What is in a Caesar Salad Dressing?
The classic combination includes, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, parmesan cheese, anchovies or anchovy paste, a little olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest. It’s as easy as it gets!
Chicken Marinade for an Easy Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe
For the most flavorful chicken, I highly recommend marinating your chicken first. It will flavor it and tenderize it at the same time. My classic chicken marinade for Caesar salad includes, lemon, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper and Italian herbs (recipe follows below).
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For a step-by-step tutorial of this Easy Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe you can watch my video demo below!
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- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) Italian Herbs
- zest of 1 lemon
- ½ cup (120 ml) of olive oil
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) roasted pine nuts
- 3 cups (180 g) cibatta bread, cubed into ½ inch (13mm) cubes
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt and cracked pepper to taste
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) prepared mayonnaise
- 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon zest
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) lemon juice
- 1 tsp (5 ml) anchovy paste
- 3-5 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
- 1/2 cup (45 ml) of grated Parmesan cheese
- Begin by mixing the marinade for the chicken. Combine the garlic, lemon, herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper in a shallow dish and whisk until combined. Coat the chicken on all sides, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 mins.
- Meanwhile prepare your croutons. Combine the cubed bread, olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper in a bowl and toss until bread is well coated. Turn out onto a rimmed cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 20-25 mins, or until the croutons turn golden brown. Allow to cool and set aside.
- To prepare the dressing, combine mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, anchovy paste, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil and cheese. Set aside.
- Grill chicken 7-8 mins each side until nice grill marks form and chicken is cooked through. Allow to rest for 10 mins on a cutting board before slicing.
- Toss the lettuce leaves with the croutons and dressing until well coated. Portion out 2-3 leaves per plate. Then slice the chicken on the diagonal and top on the lettuce, garnish with the roasted pine nuts and additional Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked pepper to taste.