Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

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I hope that you had a wonderful Independence Day. We had one of the nicest days. We had planned on taking it easy – we did, but we also played really hard. We spent the afternoon at our neighborhood pool. They had the typical hot dogs and cotton candy, but the highlight for the kids was being in the pool for 5 hours straight. They swam their little hearts out. The older kids that run the pool had belly flop contests and threw a ton of change for the kids to dive for. William collected $2.47, he was rather proud of himself. I believe that all of the change that was thrown into the pool was spent at the snack bar approximately 42 seconds after the whistle blew for adult swim. We stopped and got some barbecue on the way home and thought that the kids were done for the day. They were exhausted. And so were we.

We got them home, showered, and in pj’s. At around 8, William asked if we would take them to see the fireworks. We really didn’t feel like going, but we did. We drove to Arlington, and got prime seats in my husband’s office. I have seen a lot of fireworks shows in my day, but nothing will ever compare to what we saw last night. DC does it right. I can only imagine what it looked like from The Mall. We were to the right of the Monument, and had an amazing view. Next year, we might brave heading to the capital to see them. I heard on the news that 500,000 people were expected this year. Gorgeous. I am so glad that we did not skip it.

On a side note – anyone else confused about what day it is? All day, I have thought that it was Saturday because of the holiday. Turns out it was only Friday.

I have made this salad probably 20 times in the last 3 months. I love it. If you have never made your own salad dressing, you really should. For starters, it just tastes so much better. Secondly, you know what is in it. Have you read your dressing label lately? There are a lot of hard to pronounce words on it. Usually sugar is at the top of the list. And third, it is so easy to do. I never buy salad dressing, I always make my own. I was leery of making Caesar dressing for a long time because of the egg factor. Traditional Caesar salad dressing recipes call for raw egg. Some say that the vinegar cooks the egg enough, but I did not trust it. Now that Safe Eggs has made an appearance in my kitchen, I no longer fear the raw egg in my dressing. The egg yolk helps to emulsify the dressing so that it does not break.

This dressing does double duty. It not only dresses the salad, but it is also is the marinade for the chicken. I make the dressing, marinade the chicken, and make the croutons early in the day, and when it is time for dinner I just grill off the chicken and the romaine. If you have never had grilled Caesar, you need to give it a try. It wilts the lettuce slightly and I love the slightly smoky flavor. Sometimes I serve this as a composed salad, and sometimes, I take the lettuce off of the grill and chop it and then toss it like a regular salad. The choice is yours.

grilled chicken caesar salad recipe2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice from 2 lemons
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon anchovy paste
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon pepper
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Safe Eggs egg yolk
1 cup olive oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
3 heads Romaine lettuce
Parmesan shavings

Croutons:
1/2 loaf French bread
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad RecipeIn a small bowl, whisk together garlic, lemon juice, Dijon, anchovy paste, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and egg yolk.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad RecipeGradually whisk in olive oil.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad RecipeWhisking the entire time you are drizzling, this will emulsify the dressing.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad RecipeAdd the chicken to a large plastic bag. Pour half of the dressing over the chicken. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour up to overnight.

how to make croutonsCut or tear the bread into small pieces and place in a sauté pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

how to make croutons Cook over medium heat, turn occasionally until toasty and brown. (Or Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes)

grilled chicken caesar aslad recipeCook the chicken on the grill over medium high heat, cooking 4 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad RecipeSlice the romaine in half. Drizzle with olive oil.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad RecipePlace cut side down on the grill for 2 minutes.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad RecipeArrange lettuce on plate. Drizzle with remaining dressing, Top with Parmesan shavings, croutons, and sliced chicken breast.

grilled chicken caesar salad recipe

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Yield: serves 4

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad - Yes, you are going to grill the romaine. It adds a smoky element and elevates Caesar Salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Safe Eggs egg yolk
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3 heads Romaine lettuce
  • Parmesan shavings

Croutons:

  • 1/2 loaf French bread
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, lemon juice, Dijon, anchovy paste, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and egg yolk. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Whisking the entire time you are drizzling, this will emulsify the dressing.
  2. Add the chicken to a large plastic bag. Pour half of the dressing over the chicken. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour up to overnight.
  3. Cut or tear the bread into small pieces and place in a sauté pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat, turn occasionally until toasty and brown.
  4. Cook the chicken on the grill over medium high heat, cooking 4 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  5. Slice the romaine in half. Drizzle with olive oil and place cut side down on the grill for 2 minutes.
  6. Arrange lettuce on plate. Drizzle with remaining dressing, Top with Parmesan shavings, croutons, and sliced chicken breast.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

**I am a Brand Ambassador for Safe Eggs, and have been paid for this post. All opinions are my own.**

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This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Tieghan Gerard

    This looks so good! I love the idea of grilling the lettuce! Have a great weekend!

    1. bakedbree

      You too Tieghan! It is a hot one here, stay cool!

  2. June g.

    My husband came home on Wednesday from DC….I thought it was Friday. Then we traveled to DC yesterday, I thought it was Saturday. Lol! This salad looks yummy:)

    1. bakedbree

      See, so confusing! I saw your pictures from Good Stuff, love their salads.

      1. June G.

        I’ll try one those next, I think we’ll check out the Crystal City location:)

  3. Laura

    I’ve always been a big Caesar salad fan – definitely want to try this recipe!

    1. bakedbree

      I hope you love it!

  4. Angie

    I love the idea to grill the romaine, so smart!

    1. bakedbree

      it is so good! I always order it when I see it on a menu.

  5. Kathy

    What a beautiful salad! I have never grilled romaine before, I’ll have to try that soon!

    1. bakedbree

      You will love it! It just adds a little bit of smoke, so good!

  6. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    I’ve never grilled romaine but have heard only good things. I agree with making your own dressing–what a great idea! And I’ve never heard of Safe Eggs! Plus, this is a really awesome Sponsored Post, because I wasn’t distracted by the product, but the recipe highlights it enough that I’m sold on trying it. Great job!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Ashley! I try to find the balance.

  7. Annalise @ Completely Delicious

    I’ve been wanting to make a grilled caesar for the longest time now. Thanks for the reminder, yours looks incredible!

    1. bakedbree

      Glad to remind you!

  8. Jordyn

    I love that I can get a little taste of DC through your wonderful words. I went to school there and miss it terribly. You are so right- no one does fireworks like DC. Oh and the salad look fabulous, of course! 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      That is nice of you to say, we love it here. Where did you go to school?

  9. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife

    I am all for making my own dressings. You’re right, the bottles are filled with stuff that I can’t even pronounce haha. Love this and the grilled Romaine lettuce!!

    1. bakedbree

      And they taste so much better too.

  10. Barbara Busacca

    I have made this twice and love it !! The first time, just as I was getting ready to put it on the grill, it started thundering & lightning, so I made it in the broiler-delish! Second time, it made it to the grill – delish ! I used fresh ground pepper instead the second time. The flavor is just amazing and imparts a wonderful flavor to the chicken and drizzled over the Romaine makes it simply wonderful !

    1. bakedbree

      I am glad that you liked it!

  11. Barbara

    I want to tell you how delicious and simple this recipe is, yet it can be a sophisticated, easy dinner to have for company ! Like you, I have lost count of the times that I have made this recipe in the past 2 years. Many times, I make extra in order to have it for my salads during the week. My daughter swears by the dressing and makes it regularly for salads. Thanks for a great recipe !!

    1. bakedbree

      You are so welcome Barbara! I am so glad that you like it so much.

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