Caesar-style Salad {with Grilled Chicken and Anchovies}

Salad season has definitely kicked off!

Chop those greens! Whisk that dressing! Pop that cooled white wine’s cork! Ahem…

It’s very common in Greece to have a salad on the table, accompanying almost any type of dish. But in that case it’s a rather simple combination of ingredients; a Greek salad, or lettuce with fresh onion and dill, or cabbage with carrot, or just cucumber with tomato.

However, if I’m going to have a salad as a main meal, then it’d better be pimped up!

I’m calling it “Caesar-style”, because apparently the original one has some standard ingredients, while I just combined several variations in one, to make a hearty big bowl of salad.

The most phenomenal part of this salad was the dressing. I’ve made this dressing two times more since then, just to use it on a plain green salad. Irresistible!

Let’s toss that salad then!

Start by grilling the chicken breast. I simply seasoned the fillets with salt and pepper and grilled them in the oven.

In order to prepare croutons, I used whole wheat toast bread, cut it in cubes, seasoned it with salt, pepper and oregano, and drizzled some olive oil on top. I mixed with the hands and grilled them in the oven until nice and crunchy.

In the meantime let’s put together this awesome dressing. In a food processor:

  • add the mayonnaise
  • add the capers
  • add the sliced clove of garlic and yellow mustard
  • add the anchovy
  • add the olive oil, water, lemon juice
  • add some grated Parmesan (or Grana Padano)
  • season with some salt and pepper
Mix very well. Taste it and adjust according to your personal taste. Maybe some lemon, maybe some salt, etc. If you want a thinner consistency simply add some water.
Store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it. Prepare your green salad. I used the Romaine lettuce.

Put the salad together: chop the lettuce, add the sliced chicken fillets, some anchovy fillets, and the croutons. Drizzle the dressing on top. Finish with some grated Parmesan (or Grana Padano).

And that’s all!

A fantastic, filling salad, with a delicious combination of flavors!

You may serve it all nice and pretty, but toss it well before eating. You WILL want this dressing to coat everything! 😀

Have a nice day!

INGREDIENTS

For the grilled chicken

Chicken breast

Salt and pepper

For the croutons

Whole wheat toast bread

Salt, pepper, oregano

Olive oil

For the salad assembly

Romaine lettuce

Anchovies

Grated Parmesan (or Grana Padano)

For the dressing (for 1 big salad or 2 normal ones) (ingredients via My Recipes (via Food & Wine), measurements my own)

20ml mayonnaise light

30ml olive oil

1-2 anchovies

1 small clove of garlic

1 tsp (around 10 pieces) of capers

Juice of ½ lemon

30ml water

5ml yellow mustard (the suggested one was Dijon, but I really don’t like it)

1-2 tbsp Parmesan (or Grana Padano)

Salt and pepper

QUICK INSTRUCTIONS

Season and grill the chicken breasts. Slice the toast bread in cubes, season with salt, pepper and oregano, drizzle some olive oil and grill until crunchy.

Put the dressing ingredients in a food processor and mix very well. Taste and adjust anything if needed. If you want a thinner dressing add a bit of water.

Put the salad together: chop the lettuce, add the sliced chicken fillets, some anchovy fillets, and the croutons. Drizzle the dressing on top. Finish with some grated Parmesan (or Grana Padano).

14 thoughts on “Caesar-style Salad {with Grilled Chicken and Anchovies}

  1. thehungrygiant

    I’m not really a big salad fan but I really like how the ingredients are so simple but when put together…it becomes something fantastic. 😀 great job Villy!

    Reply

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