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Chicken Caesar Salad


With a little advance preparation, the components for this tasty salad can be stored in the fridge and then assembled and served within minutes.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2006


For the Croutons and Chicken

  • 4 ounces Italian bread, cut in 3/4-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 chicken cutlets (each 2 to 3 ounces and 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 package romaine lettuce hearts (18 to 20 ounces)

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 anchovy fillets, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1 small garlic clove


  1. Make croutons: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place bread on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the oil, and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Bake, tossing occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes; remove from oven; and let cool.

  2. Make chicken: Heat remaining tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook until opaque throughout, 1 to 2 minutes per side; remove from skillet and let cool.

  3. Prepare lettuce: Cut romaine crosswise into 1-inch ribbons; wash and dry.

  4. Make dressing: In a blender, combine lemon juice, mayonnaise, Parmesan, anchovy fillets (if using), and garlic; blend until smooth. If preparing this recipe in advance, see storage instructions (below).

  5. If stored in refrigerator, bring chicken and dressing to room temperature. Slice chicken crosswise into strips; toss with croutons, lettuce, and dressing.

Cook's Notes

Croutons can be made 3 days ahead and stored in a resealable plastic bag at room temperature. Chicken can be cooked and stored, covered, overnight in the refrigerator. Store washed lettuce, in a large bowl with paper towels, and dressing, covered, overnight in the refrigerator. Bring the chicken and dressing to room temperature before serving.

Reviews Add a comment

  • MS11222510
    10 JUN, 2012
    I love it. I would never use another one.
  • alpharabbit
    11 OCT, 2010
    This is really tasty, but if you put bacon pieces in there too, its even better!
  • geekbreath
    30 APR, 2008
    I'm pretty sure there is nutritional info in the magazine this recipe is printed in.
  • MS12122418
    5 JAN, 2008
    I agree with Danny. I've often thought how wonderful all MS's recipes are but there are never any NI's on them here or in the magazine. Since I've been on a health program for over a year now, I tend not to prepare any recipes unless I know what I'm up against.
  • DannyJDC
    4 JAN, 2008
    Without nutritional info these yummy recipes are not of great value ...CARBS and cholesterol as well as calories are vital info for some of us who REALLY need these good ideas! No use to me without! Wish it weren't so!
  • Tethered_2_Home
    11 DEC, 2007
    Be sure to use freshly squeezed lemon juice. It absolutely makes a difference. Very nice Caesar Dressing. Yum.