Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad

I could not experiment with anchovies without making a caesar salad. The anchovies in most caesar salad dressings had kept me from trying to make my own dressing but I was tired of using store bought. Now that I had tried the anchovies and liked them it was time to make my own caesar salad dressing. When looking for recipes I came across two main different types: those that used a raw egg yolk and those that used mayonnaise. Instead of trying to choose which one to try, I tried them both. I used the roasted garlic croutons that I had made earlier in the salad. I also decided to add some chicken to turn the caesar salad into a light meal. Both of the dressings were really easy to make. The homemade caesar salad dressing was good! Easily as good as any restaurants dressing that I have had and better than most. I liked both dressings though I thought that the one with mayonnaise had more flavour. This was the first time that I used the anchovies without cooking them. Once again they were not overpowering and they added that something special to the dressing.

Chicken Caesar Salad


Ingredients:
1 romain lettuce (cut into bite sized pieces)
1 cup chicken (cooked and shredded or grilled and sliced)
1 cup roasted garlic croutons
1/4 cup Caesar dressing
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (grated)
fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Toss everything in a large bowl.

Caesar Dressing (with Egg Yolk)


Ingredients:
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
4 anchovy fillets (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice (or white wine vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:
1. Mix everything in a bowl.

Caesar Dressing (with mayonnaise)


Ingredients:
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
4 anchovy fillets (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice (or white wine vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:
1. Mix everything in a bowl.

38 comments:

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

You're being seriously thorough with your anchovy phase!:) I seriously love Chicken Caeser Salad, have had some average as heck ones in cafes though. Yours looks gorgeous - I love how enormous the croutons are.

Sylvie said...

Kevin, it's wonderful how you really go for something and try loads of different ways of using the same ('new') ingredient. I often make chicken ceasar salad wraps for a quick midweek dinner, will have to give the dressing a go.

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

I have always been afraid to use anchovies because of how a lot of people think they are nasty, but its cool to hear that they worked out nicely in the dressing. Your salad looks so yummy!

Emiline said...

That salad just jumps out at me. I love the look of the croutons.

I've never made a caesar dressing from scratch. Now I'm craving it. Mmm...romaine.

Peter M said...

Kevin, I prefer the egg yolk recipe as I have one similar and as long as the eggs are fresh...little chance of salmonella.

Cheers Caesar!

noobcook said...

yum yum yum yum yum!!! :)~~~

Ferdzy said...

Wow, those are the ultimate caesar salads - homemade croutons, homemade dressing, you've even roasted the garlic! Fabulous!

Sara said...

Yum! I like the dressing with the mayo. Sounds good.

tigerfish said...

WhoaAA! from the garlic oil to the croutons, there is a lot of patience needed to make this chicken caesar salad.

Homecooked said...

This looks so yummy! I love Chicken Ceaser Salad and I always have it in restaurants but your salad looks amazing!

Grace said...

geez kevin, i don't know if i can handle those lengthy instructions... ;)
nicely done!

vonsachsen said...

Great photo, I can almost here the crunch when I look at those croutons :D Ceasar is my favourite salad and I´m with Peter on the egg yolk one...
Great job you are doing on the anchovie theme :)

Cynthia said...

Oh Kevin, I want to move to your neighbourhood just so that I can invite myself over to your gourmet meals!

jamiegates said...

I've always wanted to make my own Caesar salad dressing, but I promised my husband I wouldn't bring anchovies into the house (he has a major issue with them). I am laughing on the inside every time he enjoys a Caesar salad at a restaurant!

Jan said...

I love that salad - yours looks especially good! Like Sylvie, I like the way you've used your 'new' ingredient in it too.
I've just finished work and I'm starving - have you got any left?! LOL

Elle said...

Looks wonderful, Kevin! Chicken Caesar Salad is one of our favorite meals, and it's so easy to make, even all from scratch.

Lina said...

my favorite kind of salad!!!

Parker said...

This salad is a wonderful light meal - the dressing sounds really nice, as do those tasty croutons - which are always better homemade.

Vicarious Foodie said...

Your salad looks so good! Those croutons look awesome--nice and big and crunchy.

Erika said...

Looks so good, I love Caesar Salads. Do you think instead of choped anchovies, I could use anchovy paste? I bought it to make a different dressing and now don't know what to do with it!

Rosie said...

Whooah this is delicious Kevin!! I just adore the way you have different ways of using your garlic oil and what a stunning Caesar salad!!

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks great. I'm glad you're learning to enjoy anchovies! I used to kind of avoid them too, but they really do add a certain something to so many dishes.

Deborah said...

I really think the anchovies are what makes a good Caesar dressing. This looks fantastic!

Jackie said...

Sounds great, except i could never really get "into" anchovies and would probably leave them out but kudo's to those who can enjoy them! Those croutons look fantastic, too!

HoneyB said...

Oh Kevin, this looks absolutely perfect! I bet it tasted just as good...with all your effort to make your homemade croutons with your garlic oil! I love it!

diva said...

hallejulah for salads. it's the season for them now. yummy croutons, wow.

Corinne said...

I really love the use of anchovies in Caesar Salad, but I've heard that it is a misinterpretation because the original chef to do it actually used Worchestershire sauce, which is made of anchovies...
So many chefs claiming they are the first to do things... I'm happy to keep using the fillets :)

Steph said...

Looks delicious Kevin! Anchovies rock!

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

everything you made looks so wonderful!!!! if/when i get married, will you cater!?!?!? :)

giz said...

Good use of the croutons from the other day. Great meal altogether -since the snow melted, it's so nice to see an abundance of salads

Dara said...

Yours looks better than any I've ordered in a restaurant! Those croutons are over the top. Thanks for stopping by my post on the spicy asparagus pasta.

Gloria said...

I love chicken Caesar Salada and yours look amazing!!!! Kevin I told you I love you????? xx Gloria
And the croutons!!! aahh!!!

'Chef' said...

Kevin, I think it's great that you are trying so many new recipes and flavors! I've been reading your posts for awhile now, (lovely photos, btw) and always look forward to your next 'adventure' into the culinary world. Keep up the good work!

RecipeGirl said...

Kevin- only you could make a chicken caesar look that great! Makes me crave it for dinner.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Love caesar salad. It's also great served like a taco made with a thin pizza crust that's been lightly baked with olive oil and parmesan.

Jeff said...

I just want the croutons however, everything else looks freaking awesome.

dp said...

My love for anchovies baffles everyone I know :-)

Caesar Salad shows up about once a week in our household because it's the only salad my kid will eat willingly. You may try a spicy version using chipotle in adobo sauce for a tasty variation.

meeso said...

I LOVE Caesar salad... I had some people at work grossing out because they had no idea the dressing contained anchovies... and my bf who says fish makes him sick can eat a giant bowlful of this salad :D

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