There is nothing like a good Caesar salad. I mean a really GOOD Caesar salad. It always makes me happy when I order a Caesar salad at a restaurant and it’s tasty. Nothing like it. (Except for maybe a good wedge, but that’s another post entirely.) I am pretty particular about how I like my Caesar dressing. I don’t like the creamy style, I’m more of a purist. Except for the raw egg at home. Still have a hard time with that, especially giving it to my kids. Over the years I’ve tried dozens of recipes and every bottled caesar dressing out there and haven’t been happy. Gloppy, thick, no taste. Not what I was looking for. Finally I found a recipe on Epicurious, and it is the bomb! Light, no egg, and easy to whip up. I can have good Caesar salad whenever I want!
I changed a few things in the original recipe to suit my taste and cut some prep time. Why chop up anchovies when you sub out anchovy paste? Add some grilled chicken breast on top and you have a fabulous week night dinner: light, full of protein, bright greens and that classic Caesar taste. Delicious! It makes a perfect dinner, especially after all of the heavy meals over the holidays. Gone are the days when I didn’t have to watch my caloric intake. But this salad is so good, I forget that I have to. Love it when that happens.
Chicken Caesar Salad with Croutons and Shaved Parmesan