This was our amazing dinner last night. I am a Caesar salad fiend. I absolutely love it. It was the only salad I would eat as a kid. I love the creamy, tanginess of the dressing. And I’ve found that, with Caesar salad, when it’s good, it’s a religious experience; and when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good! I’m a big believer in making your own salad dressing. The stuff in the bottle is full of preservative chemicals and high fructose corn syrup. Caesar salad dressing is really easy to make too. The addition of chicken makes this an entree. I found this particular recipe in “Food Network Favorites”. Enjoy!!
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 tsp white peppercorns, ground in a mortar and pestle
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon zest, from 4 large lemons
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
4 thick slices sourdough bread
2 tbs olive oil
1 medium garlic clove, peeled and halved
3 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
1 large egg yolk
1 garlic clove, peeled
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
3 romaine hearts, shredded
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh cracked black pepper
Put the chicken in a large plastic ziplock bag. In a small bowl, combine the white peppercorns, salt, sugar, olive oil, lemon zest and garlic. Pour over the chicken. Marinate at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
Preheat a grill, indoor or outdoor, to medium-high heat. Grill chicken until just cooked through. Let it rest, then cut into bite-size pieces.
Brush the bread with olive oil. Grill until toasted, turning as necessary. After grilling, rub each toast with garlic and season lightly with salt. Cut toasts into bite-size pieces.
In your salad bowl, combine the egg yolk, chopped anchovy fillets, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. On a cutting board, mince the garlic. Sprinkle some kosher salt on the garlic, then use the side of your knife to smash it to a paste. Add the garlic paste to the salad bowl. Whisk everything together, and drizzle in the olive oil until emulsified. Add in the lettuce, chicken, croutons, and cheese, and of course top it with lots of black pepper. Toss to combine and serve.