Chicken Salad with Lemon Dressing
and Warm Fresh Whole Wheat Croutons
The combination of precooked grilled chicken breast, lemon dressing, romaine lettuce,
red bell pepper is a way to enjoy a healthy meal in minutes. While this is similar to a
Caesar Salad, I can't claim it is one. It is similar in taste, but the lemon dressing
doesn't contain egg yolk. It is amazing how many people think the salad is named
after "Julius Caesar" but really it was named after "Caesar Cardini" who created
the salad at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico and it was prepared and
served right at the table. The original recipe for Caesar Salad did not
contain anchovies. Adding chicken and bell peppers
to this salad makes it a meal in itself.
1 (12 ounce) bag three hearts of romaine lettuce,
rinsed, torn into pieces and spun dry
1 (9 ounce) package Louis Rich grilled
chicken breast strips, cut into smaller pieces
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan or
Pecorino Romano cheese (sharper and tangy)
3 tablespoons extra-light (mild flavored) olive oil
or your favorite olive oil for dressings
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or less to taste)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Tellicherry peppercorns
6 pieces whole wheat bread, crust removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon butter, or more if needed
For each salad
Freshly ground Tellicherry peppercorns
1. In a extra-large stainless bowl, toss the lettuce, chicken,
bell pepper and cheese.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice,
Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, crushed garlic,
sugar, salt and pepper until well blended.
3. In a large fry pan, melt the butter and fry the bread
pieces until toasted.
4. At the last minute, pour the dressing over the
tossed salad and toss again.
5. Serve individual plates of salad with warm croutons.
That is what makes this salad so good. Yes, warm croutons!
Serves 6 as a small dinner salad or 2-3 as a "meal" salad.
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