Chicken Caesar Salad

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Caesar Salad is one of the most coveted salads in the world. Next to a delicious Cobb salad, Caesar salad is one of the only salads that can evoke a feeling of comfort when eaten. 

Most people assume Julius Caesar was the inventor of the beloved Caesar salad. However, the originator of Caesar salad is Caesar Cardini. Cardini was born in Northern Italy but migrated to the US in 1910. He opened two restaurants in Sacramento and Sandiego, then relocated to Tijuana, Mexico, due to prohibition in the 1920s. Four years later, the Caesar salad was born on the 4th of July 1924. Cardini was running out of ingredients as his restaurant was filled with customers, so he came up with the idea to create a meal using romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, raw egg yolks, and other leftovers such as chicken, and it was a hit. Nearly a hundred years later, this salad is still a hit. You can get in on the action by making this delicious, filling, keto-friendly version of the great Caesar salad.  

What does a chicken Caesar salad contain?

Caesar salad usually features romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, croutons, and dressing. However, to make this Caesar salad dressing keto-friendly and reduce carbs, we decided to make it without the croutons. The salad dressing consists of olive oil, vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, anchovies, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. However, to eliminate the risk of food poisoning, we made the dressing with mayonnaise. In addition to this, Worcestershire sauce contains added sugars, so we replaced it with coconut aminos to stay compliant with the keto diet.   

Why is Caesar salad unhealthy?

Even though Caesar salad is technically a salad, it is still considered unhealthy because it is rich in fat and sodium. This Caesar salad has 13.3 grams of carbs which is good, but it also has 61.9 grams of fat and 2168 milligrams of sodium. Excess fat and sodium consumption can lead to chronic conditions such as heart disease. Therefore, Caesar salad should be consumed in moderation.   

What cheese goes in Caesar salad?

Parmesan cheese is THE cheese for Caesar salad.   

Is Caesar dressing good for weight loss?

Unfortunately, Caesar dressing contains Parmesan cheese and oil. The sauce in this Caesar salad does not have any cheese. However, it still contains mayonnaise which is rich in fat and calories. Furthermore, one tablespoon of mayonnaise contains 90 calories, including 10 grams of fat. Therefore, Caesar dressing is not suitable for weight loss.   
Author: Sarah Leadon
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
29 mins


Caesar Dressing
Chicken Breast
Caesar Salad


Caesar Dressing
Place the garlic, anchovy paste, coconut aminos, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl and whisk until combined.   
Add the mayonnaise and whisk until combined. Cover the Caesar dressing and let it chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. 
Chicken Breast
Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, garlic, and shallot in a small bowl until combined.   
To a cutting board, add the chicken breasts. With a sharp knife, trim the fat from the chicken breast.   
Place the chicken breast into a Ziploc bag and add the marinade. Seal the Ziploc bag and massage the marinade into the chicken breast.  
Let the chicken breast marinade in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.   
Place a grill pan over medium-high heat.   
Once your grill pan is hot, add the chicken breast to the pan. Cook the chicken breasts for 3-5 minutes until it has a temperature of 165 °F.  
If the chicken breast is not finished cooking, decrease the flame to low and cook them for another 3-4 minutes until they have a temperature of 165 °F.   
Place the chicken breasts onto a warm plate, cover them loosely with foil, and let them rest for 5 minutes. 
Caesar Salad
Divide the romaine lettuce between 2 salad bowls
You can cut the chicken breasts diagonally using a sharp knife or leave them whole. Place 1 whole or sliced chicken breast on top of each bowl of lettuce and top with 1 1/2 tablespoons of shaved Parmesan cheese.   
Remove the Caesar salad dressing into a gravy boat and serve it with the Caesar salad. 

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