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Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad


Unlike traditional Caesar salad, ours uses no oil in the dressing. Instead, it relies on tangy low-fat buttermilk. Multigrain croutons also help save on calories and splurge on flavor.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, May 2007


  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed through a garlic press
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • 2 slices multigrain bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 medium heads (1 1/2 pounds total) romaine lettuce, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 small head radicchio, thinly sliced


  1. Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a medium bowl, combine buttermilk, lemon juice, garlic, and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag; reserving 1/2 cup for salad, add buttermilk mixture. Refrigerate chicken at least 15 minutes and up to 1 day.

  3. Meanwhile, make croutons: Place bread on prepared baking sheet. Brush both sides with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Broil until toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side; cut into 1-inch pieces (and reserve baking sheet).

  4. Transfer chicken to baking sheet; discard marinade. Broil until opaque throughout, 14 to 16 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes; thinly slice crosswise. In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise and reserved buttermilk mixture. Add romaine, radicchio, chicken, and croutons; toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Low-fat buttermilk gives the chicken zip and tenderizes the meat. The longer the soak, the softer the chicken. Use the buttermilk left in the container to jazz up mashed potatoes.

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