Posted by: Catherine | September 3, 2009

Caesar Salad with Chicken and Croutons



Bad Caesar Salad is like bad sex: You just keep wishing it would be better and it never happens…AND there’s way too much of it. Now, for some curious reason every restaurant, regardless of its ethnic specialty, puts Caesar on its menu. I’m waiting to find it next to the Salmon Skin Salad at my favorite Japanese restaurant.

This is the first salad that turned Emma into a salad eater, and we have it for dinner frequently. Personally, I can do without the chicken since we have chicken every which way almost every which night, but Bruce and Emma always want it. So, I go with the flow (as if this should be my worst problem).

serves 3 to 4 for a main course

1 large head Romaine lettuce, washed and dried, cut into big-bite pieces

12 oz. cooked chicken, thickly sliced and cut into pieces

2 to 3 oz. cheese-and-garlic croutons (I either make my own or–usually–but them at Trader Joe’s)

1 cup Parmesan (I happen to like shredded rather than grated)

Caesar dressing (recipe follows)

Put Romaine leaves in a large salad bowl. Add chicken, croutons and cheese. Pour dressing over all and toss well.


6 T Olive Oil

2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

2 T Dijon mustard

3 to 4 anchovy fillets

1 egg yolk

Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend well.



  1. I agree that a bad Ceasar salad is like bas seks!

    hahahaha,..I love your Ceasar sald: it looks quite tasty & luscious!

  2. I love a good Ceasar and you are right – there are way to many awful ones out there! This looks great. Hope you are far away from the fires!

  3. I love Ceasar salad! I have never made it at home. This looks great – I’m inspired!

  4. vat a delicious looking salad!1 yumm!! love to try this 🙂

  5. I love chicken with Caesar salad, myself. Theres a shop down the street that does a huge wrap that is basically just a CS with grilled chicken. Good times.

  6. There is nothing better than a good Caesar…nothing.

  7. I never made Caesar salad, thanks for posting the recipe. My son apparently found a new favorite salad at the moment. He was asking me to make Caesar salad the other day. I told him that I will make him this weekend, as I have to look for the recipe in my book. Thank goodness that I don’t have to open every single cookbook I have, because I can just copy yours. Thank you….

  8. I used to hate Caesar salad, but something changed a couple years ago, and now I love it. But you’re right in that it has to be done right, or it’s just plain awful. I love that you make your own dressing. I wonder if the flavor would still be good without the anchovies?

  9. I haven’t made a Caesar salad in a long time! It looks awesome with chicken!

  10. A shitty Caesar salad is the worst!! But a good one? Oh my…makes me bend down and kiss the Garlic God!

  11. Sounds good. Another great recipe is Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s Caesar in City Cuisine cookbook. I have kept this book forever and only make the Caesar Salad.

  12. I love caesar salad… it’s really better if you make your own dressing..

  13. ha ha! I almost spit out my lunch while reading this, but you are SO right. When it’s bad, it’s bad but when it’s goog, oh man!

  14. I’ve never tried to make my own dressing before, that’s pretty easy!

    I’ll have to give it a shot!

  15. It’s my stand-by and when it doesn’t work or is not fresh – grrrr. Yours is perfect and I can taste it off the page… uhh … screen ….

  16. I just wanted to say that I wrote about your award!

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