Grilled chicken caesar salad is a classic. Christina's homemade dressing will have you remembering why!
Grilled chicken Caesar salad is one of my favorite items to order in restaurants. I didn’t think it was possible for me to make a garlicky, creamy Caesar dressing at home. I was also dubious about the raw egg yolk in the dressing. Then, my best friend introduced me to her raw egg-free Caesar dressing recipe, and I become hooked. All it needed was the perfect grilled chicken breast and cool, crisp Romaine lettuce for serving.
The Caesar dressing comes together easily with store-bought mayo. Buy the real stuff, please. Then, stir in Parmesan, fresh lemon juice, plenty of freshly cracked black pepper, salt, and a grated clove of garlic. Once the garlic infuses into the dressing, it tastes just like the restaurant dressing.
The extra touch that I think this salad deserves is hand-torn lettuce. Have you ever noticed the Romaine in the salad bag always has brown edges from oxidation? Lettuce does not like to be cut. Trust me, I did my Master’s thesis on the stuff. Hand-torn lettuce breaks on the edges of the cell walls and reduces browning. A knife cuts directly through cell walls, and the result is weepy lettuce. Buy a whole head of Romaine, and tear the leaves apart yourself. You will notice the difference.
This recipe for Chicken Caesar is the perfect Saturday lunch for two. Or, make it ahead and take it on a picnic. Remember, two garlic breaths cancel out each other!