Cooking On A Budget: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with Caesar Dressing

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with Caesar Dressing

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Satisfying, delicious, light yet filling, a grilled chicken Caesar salad can be the best lunch you take to work all week or that nice and easy laid back kind of dinner. Crisp romaine lettuce, perfectly grilled chicken, a drizzle of Caesar dressing and buttery croutons make the perfect fork full of food.

It was a blessing to have my son and his fiance come down from Massachusetts to visit us this weekend. I wanted to be able to pack them some food to take back with them on the train. It needed to be portable and easy to eat but sandwiches were not going to cut it.

What I ended up doing was making Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with some home made Caesar Dressing. There was also some home made croutons as well. You can follow the link for the recipe for these crunchy and absolutely yummy croutons.

You will want to season the chicken well after washing it it cold water and drying it thoroughly with some paper towels. I use a house blend I make with granulated garlic, onion powder, salt and black pepper.
  • 2 tbsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Season both sides of the chicken breasts.
  3. Spray your grill with a non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Grill the chicken for about 6-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165° F.



Here is the recipe for the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 egg*
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Place the garlic cloves and anchovies in a food processor and blend well. Add in the lemon juice and 1 whole egg.
  2. Add in some black pepper.
  3. With the food processor running, drizzle in the olive oil until an almost mayonnaise consistency.
  4. Adjust for salt and black pepper.
*If you are using an egg substitute in place of a raw egg, the ratio is 1/4 cup egg substitute for 1 whole egg.

Assemble a plate or platter with some crispy romaine lettuce, the grilled chicken and the croutons with a good sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese. The meal is light but filling and a super supper or lunch all by itself. 

This recipe cost me about $10.38 to make getting the chicken on sale feeding six for $1.73.
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