Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

This post was created in partnership with Kroger. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

One more week until Labor Day weekend! Yay!

Even though my daughter has started back at school, we always love having the labor day weekend for fun, relaxing family time. When we were living in Oregon, it was tradition to get a vacation rental at the coast with many of my husband’s siblings. Now that we’ve moved away, we need to find a new tradition of sorts. We’re working on a last minute family trip…hopefully we’ll find a good spot to go 🙂

But in the mean time, I’m sharing a tasty grilling recipe that you can use outdoors {or indoors if you happen to have bad weather.} The Oregon Coast is unpredictable with its weather so there were many a year when we were cooking and hanging out inside instead of at the beach. Hence this recipe!

If you haven’t had a grilled chicken caesar salad before, then you are in for a treat. It’s just as tasty as a regular caesar salad, but with a smokey flavor that cannot be beat 🙂 Super yummy and relatively healthy as long as you don’t go crazy on the dressing.

Here’s how to make it:

Raw Chicken

Start out by grabbing some boneless and skinless chicken breasts. I used the Simple Truth Organic brand because that is what Fred Meyer carries and that is where I shop. Also, I have found that most of the organic meats sold at Fred Meyer are cheaper than the other grocery stores in my area. So, that’s totally awesome!

Raw Chicken with other ingredients

Anyways, take that chicken and slice it into long strips. Add it into a bowl with olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Stir it up to marinate and set aside.

Romaine lettuce

Now onto the main event! We’re going to take some hearts of romaine lettuce and slice them right down the center lengthwise. I used the Simple Truth Organic brand again.

Grilled lettuce

Now comes the grilling! You’re going to want to get your outdoor or indoor grill hot. Really really hot. The idea is to char the lettuce as quickly as possible to reduce the wilting. Cooked, wilted lettuce is gross, but a quick grill to get that smokey flavor and grill marks is delicious!

Grilling lettuce

Also, you’re going to want to slice a whole head of garlic in half and get that grilling too. This will be used in the dressing. Oh yes, it’s going to be good. Once everything looks good and charred, take if off the grill to cool.

Bacon package

Meanwhile, take some precooked bacon and throw it onto a plate. I’m using precooked bacon because I generally don’t like doing more dishes than I have to. And this way my kitchen stays splatter-free! #winning

Cooked Bacon

After a few seconds of getting zapped, the bacon is warm and crispy!

Chopped up bacon

Chop all this bacon up and set it aside.

grilled chicken

Because your grill pan is still hot from cooking the lettuce, throw on that chicken that has been marinating in that garlicky goodness. Because we cut these thin, they will cook in no time at all.

grilled chicken

See? All done 🙂

grilled lettuce

Ok, time to pull it all together.

Caesar dressing unmixed

Chop up a bunch of that grilled garlic and stir it together with some mayonnaise, salt, pepper and lemon juice.

Caesar dressing

Dressing = done.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

So basically, you throw all these parts together into a bowl and drizzle it with dressing. I did mine this way because it looks pretty, but feel free to chop the lettuce and toss everything together.

Anyways, hope you enjoy this fun recipe and have a wonderful holiday weekend! Printable recipe below. Have a great day, friends!

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled chicken Caesar salad is just as tasty as a regular Caesar salad but with a smokey flavor that cannot be beat.

servings 4 servings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 heads Simple Truth Organic Hearts of Romaine
  • 1 lb Simple Truth Organic Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 head garlic divided
  • 2 lemons juiced and divided
  • 10 slices Kroger Precooked Bacon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • real grated parmesan cheese optional
  • chives for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat indoor or outdoor grill to high.
  • Slice 3 hearts of romaine in half lengthwise and set aside.
  • Trim chicken breasts of any excess fat and cut into thin strips. Place into a bowl and stir together with olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced and salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate.
  • Place hearts of romaine onto the grill and char quickly on each side. Remove from grill. Slice remaining head of garlic in half and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place onto grill to char and soften. Remove when garlic has sufficient grill marks.
  • Reduce the heat of the grill and spread chicken overtop. Each side should be done in 1 minute or less. Remove from the grill and cut into bite-size pieces.
  • Place precooked bacon strips onto a paper towel lined plate and microwave until crispy. Chop up and set aside.
  • For the dressing, chop up 3-4 cloves of grilled garlic finely and add to a bowl with the mayonnaise, the juice of the remaining lemon, salt and pepper.
  • To assemble, chop up charred lettuce into bite size pieces or leave leaves large and place in the bottom of a serving platter. Toss together with chicken, bacon, dressing, parmesan cheese and chives if desired. Serve cold.

Nutrition

Calories: 571kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 707mg | Potassium: 631mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caesar grilled chicken
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6 Responses
  1. Diane W.

    This is my favorite salad! I love the grilled lettuce! I actually chopped all of the components really small and then put them inside a fresh (ungrilled) romaine leaf anf served it as an appetizer once. I have also added bleu cheese crumbles sometimes. It’s really versatile and great with other proteins, like steak, salmon or shrimp…good way to use up leftover proteins. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Sharon K

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  3. sheenam @ thetwincookingproject

    So good! You wont believe I have never grilled lettuce but I am going to try this super soon now. And that garlic dressing – YUM

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