Thursday, September 5, 2013

Paleo Chicken Caesar Salad

We have always loved a good Caesar salad and my recipe for dressings have varied over the years.  I love this particular recipe for both the flavor and the creaminess.  I also replaced the croutons with some crunchy bacon pieces.  I love to grill a chicken breast and serve it warm on the salad.  There is nothing like the cool crunch of the lettuce with the warm chicken.  I did add some Parmesan cheese shavings which are not allowed on the Paleo diet.  We are eating mostly Paleo, but I do allow a few little tweaks here and there.

Chicken Caesar Salad

For the dressing:
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic
2 whole Anchovy fillets
1 teaspoon black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup Extra Virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor or blender.  Once everything is well blended, slowly drizzle in olive oil with motor running to emulsify.  Set dressing aside and prepare salad.

For the salad:
Romaine Lettuce, chopped
 Grilled chicken
Bacon, cooked till crisp and crumbled
Parmesan cheese shavings, if desired

Place lettuce in a large bowl, and toss with enough Caesar dressing to coat lettuce.  Place salad on plate, top with desired amount of chicken and garnish with bacon crumbles and cheese, if desired.

Note:  leftover dressing can be stored in refrigerator for about 1 week.

Slightly adapted from Primal Plate

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