Chicken Caesar Salad

Dressing

1/4 cup buttermilk
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. light mayonnaise
2 t. Dijon mustard
1 t. Worcestershire Sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
3 anchovy fillets, rinsed (I bought anchovies in a tin and froze the extras in single portions wrapped in foil)
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
2 T. olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Puree all ingredients except the Parmesan in a blender or food processor (I used a small processor) until smooth. Stir in the Parmesan. This makes about one cup of dressing. You’ll need 1/2 cup dressing to serve four, so refrigerate the rest. It makes a great dip for crudites.

Salad for Four

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 oz. each), cooked and cut into 1/2″ pieces (I grilled my chicken)
2 large romaine lettuce hearts, washed and torn into 1/2″ pieces
Croutons (see recipe below)

Toss the romaine in a large bowl with all but 1 T. of the 1/2 cup dressing and divide evenly between four plates. Add the chicken to the empty bowl and toss with the remaining 1 T. dressing. Evenly place the chicken atop the lettuce. Sprinkle with the croutons.

Croutons

4 cups French bread cubes, cut into 1/2″ pieces (include crusts)
Olive oil spray
1/4 t. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bread cubes on a large baking sheet, generously spray with the olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through to promote even browning. Allow to cool before serving. These keep well in an airtight plastic bag.

Serves: 4

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