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Chicken Salad with 
Lemon Dressing

It is amazing how many people think the salad is named after "Julius Caesar" 
but really it was named after "Caesar Cardini" who created the salad at 
his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico and it was prepared
and served 
right at the table. The original recipe for Caesar Salad did
contain anchovies. Adding chicken and bell peppers 
to this
salad makes it a meal in itself. 

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The combination of precooked grilled chicken breast, lemon dressing, romaine lettuce, 
red bell pepper is a way to enjoy a healthy meal in minutes. While this is similar
to a Caesar Salad, I can't claim it is one. It is similar in taste, but 
the lemon
dressing doesn't contain egg yolk. 






1 (12 ounce) bag three hearts of romaine lettuce, rinsed, 
torn into pieces and spun dry

1 (9 ounce) package Louis Rich grilled chicken breast strips, 

cut into smaller pieces

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese (sharper and tangy)


Lemon Dressing

3 tablespoons extra-light (mild flavored) olive oil or your favorite olive oil for dressings

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or less to taste)

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 1/4 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Tellicherry peppercorns



6 pieces whole wheat bread, crust removed and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tablespoon butter, or more if needed


For each salad

Seasoning salt

Freshly ground Tellicherry peppercorns



1.  In a extra-large stainless bowl, toss the lettuce, chicken, bell pepper and cheese.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, 

     Dijon mustard, crushed garlic, sugar, salt and pepper until well blended. 

3.  In a large fry pan, melt the butter and fry the bread pieces until toasted.

4. At the last minute, pour the dressing over the tossed salad and toss again. 

5. Serve individual plates of salad with warm croutons. That is what makes this

    salad so good. Yes, warm croutons!


    Serves 6 as a dinner salad or 2-3 as a "meal" salad




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