This Chicken Caesar Salad is a simple yet delicious recipe, made with lettuce, parmesan, grilled chicken, and a creamy homemade dressing that makes this salad sing! This salad makes a great light dinner or lunch, or remove the chicken and enjoy it as a side salad with your main dish.
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Chicken Caesar Salad
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.
I think I had my first ever Caesar salad on a trip to the USA, and it seems to be an option on every single restaurant menu over there! It just so happens to be one of my favorite salads, and any twist on this classic salad is going to be a winner for me!
This recipe is gluten-free in that there aren’t any instructions on how to make croutons, but if you are not gluten-free you can add them to your salad if you wish – you can buy them in stores quite easily.
Alternatively, if you are gluten-free and want a bit of crunch with your Chicken Caesar Salad, then why not make a batch of chickpea croutons like the ones in my Gluten-Free Gazpacho recipe. You could flavor them with garlic or Italian seasoning instead of the original spices in that particular recipe.
The dressing for this salad is really quick and easy to make, and for best results, prepare the dressing the night before serving to allow the flavors a chance to fully develop.
Chicken Caesar Salad is a great lunch option, or a light evening meal. And you could easily just use the dressing on the salad without the chicken as a side or starter/appetizer.
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
For your convenience, any specialized ingredients needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon below. The full ingredients list with measurements is found in the recipe card.
This recipe uses American cups. They’re a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have along with a kitchen food scale. Having both in your kitchen means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog as I use both cups and weighted measures.
More Recipes Using Chicken
One of the hero ingredients in this recipe is chicken, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Chicken & Sweetcorn Quesadillas
- Tropical Noodle Salad with Chicken
- Honey & Mustard Chicken with Apple-Potato Salad
More Salad Recipes
If you enjoy eating salads, you are going to love these recipes:
- Greek Steak Salad with Feta & Kalamata Olives
- Loaded Broccoli and Bacon Salad
- Crunchy Vegetable Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing
How Do I Make Chicken Caesar Salad?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).
For the Dressing
- ½ cup sugar-free mayonnaise
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ½ Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1½ tsp anchovy paste
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- ¼ cup light olive oil
For the Salad
- 1 lb / 500g boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 large head Romain lettuce, cleaned, chopped, and dried completely
- ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese + more for serving
- Prepare the dressing by combining the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, anchovy paste, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium-sized bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and whisk to combine. ( *Taste before adding additional salt because the anchovy paste is naturally briny.)
- Add grated Parmesan cheese to the dressing and stir to combine. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the dressing and whisk until thoroughly incorporated into the mixture. Taste and season with additional salt and black pepper, if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- To cook the chicken, pre-heat to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking sheet.
- Arrange the chicken breasts on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 75C/165F, check the thickest part of the chicken with an instant-read thermometer.
- Remove chicken from oven and cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
- To serve, assemble the salad by adding the chopped Romaine lettuce to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the shaved Parmesan and drizzle with ⅓ cup of dressing. Gently toss to combine.
- Divide salad between chilled salad plates and top with the sliced chicken breast.
- Serve immediately with the remaining salad dressing and additional shaved Parmesan on the side. Enjoy!
- You will notice that croutons are missing - this recipe is actually gluten-free, but you can add croutons if you wish, or as a gluten-free alternative, why not try roasted chickpeas, similar to the ones used in my gluten-free gazpacho recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 532Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 741mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 44g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Meal!
This Chicken Caesar Salad would make a great lunch or light dinner. Remove the chicken, and the salad is great as a starter/appetizer or as a side dish.
So, here are some more recipes to make a full meal (and I’ve included all the different options!
- Appetizer: Gluten-Free Gazpacho Recipe with Chickpea “Croutons”
- Main Dish: Sheet Pan Steak Dinner: Garlic Parmesan Steak with Asparagus
- Side Dish: Cypriot Potatoes
- Side Salad: Tomato & Onion Salad
- Beverage: Blackberry Vodka Cocktail
- Dessert: Delicious & Easy Lemon Hand Pies
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