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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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

Reviews (21)

159 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 63
  • 2 star values: 42
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2018
Made it and its so YUMMY!
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09/11/2014
Too bad these wonderful recipes aren't presented in a way that can be easily PRINTED. It was 9 wasted pages (and ink) printing this yummy recipe. Come on now---you can do it. Just create a "printable version" and become more user friendly. Respectfully submitted, BlueJayStamper1.
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2014
I marinated some chicken tenders in the buttermilk dressing and it the most moist chicken ever! I used my fresh buttermilk from making butter and added a little extra garlic and parmesan cheese. We used the chicken for the salad and super incredible grilled sandwiches. Thank you for such a great recipe! Will be making this recipe often.
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07/15/2010
Excellent salad! I grilled my chicken and used red onions instead of radicchio and I added thinly sliced cucumbers. I will be making this often! Thanks!
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07/09/2010
I absolutely LOVE this! I grilled my butternilk chicken, no oven time required! :) Add more garlic if you love it like our family does. Yum!!
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07/09/2010
mjboop, recipes says 4 inches from heat....so that would be your answer...and yes I do know that was an old post...
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06/23/2009
how far from the broiler?
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09/10/2008
My husband and I both loved this salad. It is delicious and so simple to make!
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09/08/2008
cant wait to try this!
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09/08/2008
cant wait to try this!
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09/08/2008
Do you think I could grill the chicken after marinading?
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09/08/2008
Do you think I could grill the chicken after marinading?
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09/08/2008
ckvennie -- Leftover buttermilk can be frozen. I freeze in 1 cup portions or 1/2 cup portions and use only for cooking in other recipes. Defrost before using - will be a little curdley looking but if you stir it will be just fine! Lois
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09/08/2008
Thanks to ckvennie for the tip on Bob's Red Mill dry buttermilk. I, too, am always sorry to have leftover buttermilk.
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07/18/2008
This is a really good salad to play around with. I like adding red onion , cucumbers and tomatos. Very good
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04/24/2008
This salad is also good with Baked Buttermilk Chicken. A recipe on this site.
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04/24/2008
Bob's Red Mill sales dry buttermilk powder. I keep this on hand since I only use buttermilk for cooking and was tired of wasting the left over buttermilk. This salad is also good with leftover crispy buttermilk chicken, a recipe on this site.
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04/23/2008
In addition to substituting yogurt for buttermilk, you can also make your own. 1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup milk PLUS 1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice (let stand for 10 minutes before using in recipe).
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04/23/2008
Don't know where you are but yogurt or even sour cream would work in place of the buttermilk. Also, dried buttermilk may be purchased. Perhaps you can get the dried variety through the mail.
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04/23/2008
i love salads. Was wondering if i could use any other mxture besides buttermilk. I find it difficult to get in this part of the world. Thks.
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04/23/2008
i love salads. Was wondering if i could use any other mxture besides buttermilk. I find it difficult to get in this part of the world. Thks.