Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Caesar Salad With Grilled Chicken

Again nothing ground breaking but just another one of our summer favourites. I have added grilled chicken to make it more substantial to serve at dinner, forgo the chicken if you want to serve it as a light lunch instead. This is one of those simple dish that can go horribly wrong; too much dressing, over cooked chicken and a badly made dressing can all turn this into a horrible nightmare! 
I am making this a very short post as I have got my food shopping with me, please come back tomorrow for my Malaysian Monday post.

serve 2 as a one dish meal
you'll need;
2 free range chicken breasts
1 tbs of olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 sprig of rosemary, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 baby cos lettuce, cut into large pieces
2 rashes of bacon, rinds removed and fried til crispy
1/2 a loaf of ciabatta bread, cut into pieces
2 very fresh free range eggs, soft poached and drained well
8 anchovy filets
parmesan shavings

for the dressing;
1 garlic cloves
3 anchovy fillets
2 very fresh free range eggs
1/2 tbs of Dijon mustard
juice from 1/2 a lemon
15 g of grated parmesan cheese
250 ml of olive oil
salt to taste

Marinate the chicken breasts for at least an hour.

To prepare the dressing - Pound garlic and anchovy fillets to a paste. Place the paste in a bowl and slowly whisk in the eggs, dijon mustard, lemon juice and olive oil. Finally season with sea salt.

Grill chicken on a hot griddle for 5 minutes each side then finish off in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the breasts. Rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Drizzle some olive oil over the ciabatta pieces and toast until golden and crispy. Allow to cool.

Toss ciabatta and lettuce with 4 tbs of the dressing and divide into 2 equal portions.

Place the sliced chicken breast, crispy bacon, anchovy fillets and a poached egg over the dressed leaves. Season the poached egg, shave some parmesan cheese over and drizzle a little more dressing over.


  1. I love Caesar salad, one of the best salads around. A classic.

  2. Harriet from carltonFebruary 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Oh I can't decide if I should be making this or the nicoise? They both looks amazing and the egg is poached to perfection!

  3. Looks delicious! Love eating this dish if well made - never attempted to recreate at home.

  4. The runny poached egg yolk is enough to make me want to make this right away!

  5. i find anchovy and poached egg a must in caesar salad.. this one looks gooood

  6. This salad looks so delicious, especially with that poached egg on top...!!

  7. I wish my local cafe's version is this good!

  8. I've never doone it with the poached egg - grand compromise to the eggy dressing that everyone is now afraid of!

  9. I wish i can have a plate of this salad for my lunch today, yummy!

  10. A few years back I would not order this in a restaurant if my life depended on it! However, a home cooked version is always welcomed and yours looks especially delicious!

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