Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad is a tasty dinner to make any day of the week. Both the homemade croutons and Caesar dressing really make this a special salad.

chicken Caesar salad and cherry tomatoes in wood bowls

Homemade Caesar Salad with Chicken

Chicken Caesar salad should be a staple of any cook’s recipe file, and this Caesar salad with homemade salad dressing will not disappoint! This salad is deliciously flavorful and satisfying. Everyone will love it!

This Caesar salad recipe makes the perfect meal-sized salad that’s full of flavor, texture, and crunch. It’s ideal for dinner or for lunch with friends.

It’s the salad dressing that makes Caesar salad so special. This recipe gives you a chicken Caesar salad with homemade salad dressing. Anchovy paste is optional for this easy chicken Caesar salad (if you absolutely can’t stand anchovies).

Say goodbye forever to pre-prepared Caesar dressing because this homemade Caesar dressing recipe is so much better. The dressing is easy to throw together and has several robust flavors that blend perfectly. 

For this salad, you can choose to make your own croutons (homemade is definitely best!). Crunchy romaine, homemade croutons, creamy dressing, tender chicken, and savory cheese all come together for a tasty favorite.

  • The separate components of this salad can be prepped ahead of time and assembled quickly when mealtime comes around.

Alternative Mix-Ins for Caesar salad

You don’t have to stick to tradition when it comes to Caesar salad. The following would make great additions:

  • Some mixed greens or baby kale
  • Sliced red onions
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Crispy capers (pan fry in a touch of olive oil)
  • Black olives
  • Avocado pieces
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Crispy bacon
  • Grilled or boiled shrimp

Plus, you can make the salad healthier by using mostly Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise in the dressing. If you don’t want to use mayonnaise at all, here’s a link to five dressings with yogurt substituted.

Quick and Easy Dinner Salad

This easy chicken Caesar salad will likely become one of your go-to recipes! It’s just one of those dishes everyone in your family will love. And, if you should have leftover grilled chicken, it will be even easier to throw together.

Recipe Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

This incredible salad is made with basic, simple ingredients. You probably have most, if not all, of them in your pantry and fridge.

For the chicken and salad:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • White bread
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes

For the Caesar dressing:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Garlic
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
bowls of ingredients for Caesar salad dressing

How to Make Chicken Caesar Salad

  1. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  2. In a pan, cook the chicken with olive oil until done.
    two cooked chicken breasts in a skillet
  3. Take the chicken out of the pan and cut it into bite-size pieces.
  4. Toast the bread and cut it into cubes.
    croutons in a bowl
  5. Coat the croutons with olive oil.
  6. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lime juice, olive oil, parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper.
    Caesar salad dressing and a spoon in a mixing bowl
  7. In a medium bowl, add lettuce, followed by chicken pieces and croutons.
    romaine lettuce and chicken pieces in a bowl
  8. Pour the dressing over the salad.
    romaine lettuce, chicken, croutons, and Caesar dressing in a bowl
  9. Add the cherry tomatoes.
    chicken Caesar salad and dressing before being tossed together
  10. Toss to combine.
    freshly tossed chicken Caesar salad in a bowl
  11. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tip for the Cook

You can grill the chicken instead of cooking it in a pan to make grilled chicken Caesar salad. For a unique smoky flavor, use leftover Smoked Whole Chicken for the salad.

How to Store Caesar Salad

You can store chicken Caesar salad in an air-tight container for up to three days in the refrigerator. Keep in mind that if your salad has been sitting at room temperature for two hours or longer, it may no longer be safe to eat.

Also, in the refrigerator, the croutons will lose their crispness, and the greens will gradually become soggy and wilted, so don’t wait around too long to finish up this delicious salad.

  • It is not advisable to freeze this salad.
chicken caesar salad, bowl of dressing, and cherry tomatoes

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chicken Caesar salad and cherry tomatoes in wood bowls

Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad with homemade croutons and dressing is a delicious and healthy dinner.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Caesar Salad
Servings: 2
Calories: 1044kcal

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (2 pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the croutons:

  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

For the salad:

  • 1 medium romaine lettuce washed and chopped
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes cut into halves

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Season the chicken breast with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
  • In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-heat.
  • Add the chicken and cook it on both sides until done (internal temperature of 165 degrees). It will be crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.
  • Take the chicken out of the pan and cut it into bite-size pieces.
  • Toast the bread into the toaster and cut it into cubes.
  • Coat the croutons with 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lime juice, olive oil, parmesan, minced garlic, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp black pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, add lettuce, followed by chicken pieces and croutons.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes and toss to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

You can grill the chicken instead of cooking it in a pan to make Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad.
You can store the chicken Caesar salad in an air-tight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. It is not advisable to freeze the salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 1044kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 83g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 2477mg | Potassium: 1044mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1628IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 3mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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