Chicken & Bacon Caesar Salad
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Are you looking for the perfect healthy salad recipe? This Whole30 Chicken & Bacon Caesar Salad is made with crunchy romaine lettuce, crispy crumbled bacon, tangy Whole30 compliant homemade healthy Caesar dressing, fresh summer tomatoes, soft boiled eggs, nutritional yeast, and cracked black pepper.
This recipe and post were made in partnership with Ninja. All opinions are my own.
Let me start off by saying that Ive always, always been obsessed with Caesar Salad.
Growing up, I was probably the only 7 year old who ordered it at restaurants. The crunchy croutons, the parmesan cheese, the tangy dressing.. I loved it SO MUCH.
But as an adult living a mostly Paleo lifestyle, it was a dish that mostly fell off my radar. I mean, whats even the point of a Caesar salad without cheese and croutons, right? Wrong.
A few weeks ago, my husband mentioned to me that he hadnt had a Caesar salad in ages. Of course you havent, I said, I havent made one for you!
Because of our schedules, I usually do about 99.99% of the cooking in our family. Generally, if I dont cook it, we dont eat it.
Chicken & Bacon Caesar Faq:
Do I have to marinate my chicken?
I always recommend for at least 30 minutes, up to an hour. You can skip it, sure, but chicken breasts are kind of blah in the flavor department without it.
The marinade infuses some flavor, so if time allows, you should definitely marinate your chicken.
Are anchovies really in Caesar Salad Dressing?
Yes, but not always. I know not everybody loves the idea at first, but anchovies are so important to giving layers of savory flavor to your Caesar Salad Dressing. If the recipe called for Worcestershire sauce, anchovies are often not included.
But since anchovies are Whole30 compliant and Worcestershire sauce is not compliant, you definitely want to include them when you make this recipe at home. You can substitute anchovy paste if youd like, but I prefer canned anchovies in oil. Just trust me on this one, this healthy caesar dressing recipe is AMAZING.
I Wanted To Make A Whole30 Caesar Salad
His comment made me start to crave a healthier version of the Caesar salad I always loved one that tastes amazing but doesnt make us feel like junk. It was fate, then, that the doorbell happened to ring right at that moment.
A very special delivery had arrived, a gift from my pals at Ninja! It was their brand spanking new Foodi Grill!
So I had challenged myself to make a healthy Whole30 Chicken & Bacon Caesar salad. It seemed like the perfect occasion to break it in! I just LOVE trying out new kitchen gadgets, so I was really looking forward to this one.
Its cool because it replaces the need for a grill, a dehydrator, an air fryer, and a countertop oven, which is totally perfect for our life right now. Im serious!
Our outdoor space consists of a tiny balcony with zero room for a grill, and were short on indoor storage space in the kitchen, too! I guess that 1300 square feet might sound like a mansion by NYC standards, but to us country folk, it feels very well, lets call it cozy, shall we?
In a matter of days, the Ninja Foodi Grill climbed to the very top of my must-have cooking tools list. It grills perfectly and delivers a delicious, crispy finish. Ive been searing, sizzling, and air frying pretty much everything since the moment I got it.
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The Caesar Salad Origin Story
As with many legendary dishes, the origin of the Caesar salad is a bit murky. But the most probable origin story dates from 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico.
Who Invented Caesar Salad?
So, who invented the Caesar salad? And does this dish owe its name to the Roman general Julius Caesar? Surprisingly not. Some other Caesar is in question, and thats the inventor of the salad, an Italian American named Cesare Cardini.
His family immigrated to the US from Italy after WWI. A few years later, they opened their first restaurant in Sacramento, then later moved the business to San Diego, and finally, in 1927, to escape the Prohibition, they settled in Tijuana. Thats when Caesars Restaurant was open.
As Cesares daughter, Rosa remembers, her father invented the salad on July 4th in 1924. The restaurant was packed, and there werent many ingredients left. So, Cesare decided to toss everything he had into a bowl: Romaine lettuce, garlic, croutons, Parmesan, olive oil, raw eggs, and Worcestershire sauce and the Caesar salad was born.
Of course, there are some other stories regarding the inventor of this salad. Cesares brother Alex claimed he invented the salad and named it Aviator salad, but it was later renamed after his brother. Other claim Alex added the anchovies in the salad his brother Cesare had already invented.
Other stories give credit for the salad to an employee at the Caesar Restaurant named Livio Santini, who had the recipe from his mother.
Caesar Salad Calories
What You Will Need
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts toss them on the grill and they are ready in minutes! You could use grilled chicken thighs if you prefer.
- Batch of the Best Chicken Marinade you probably already have the ingredients on hand and the flavor combination will really take your chicken to the next level.
- Romaine lettuce the base of the salad. You could use iceberg or another lettuce but romaine is definitely our favorite.
- Croutons choose your favorite and generously toss them on top. Love that crunch! You could also serve with a baguette or grilled bread!
- Shredded parmesan cheese feel free to use dairy-free if you want but definitely dont skip it.
- Caesar dressing we love this Homemade Caesar Dressing or this Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing!
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Signature Cafe Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad, with Chicken
Romaine lettuce, white meat chicken, croutons, parmesan cheese with Caesar dressing. Per 1 Cup: 170 calories 2.5 g sat fat 380 mg sodium 0 g total sugars. Quality & satisfaction 100% guaranteed or your money back. Inspected for wholesomeness by U.S. Department of Agriculture. SmartLabel: Scan for more food information.
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|* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs**.|
|** Percent Daily Values listed below are intended for adults and children over 4 years of age. Foods represented or purported to be for use by infants, children less than 4 years of age, pregnant women, or lactating women shall use the RDIâs that are specified for the intended group provided by the FDA.|
Contains: Contains egg, fish , milk, wheat.
How To Grill The Chicken
We love to give the chicken a little seasoning before grilling the chicken. This can be done by either using a Dry Rub or a . Either one gives the chicken some great flavor. Once you have your chicken ready to go you can simply follow the easy steps of how to grill chicken breasts. It will ensure that you have juicy, fully-cooked chicken every time!
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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad 101
There is just something about grilled chicken breast, parmesan cheese, and caesar dressing the flavor combination is out of this world and we cant get enough! This salad is a regular weekend lunch at our house plus it is so easy to grill up some extra chicken to have on hand for making salads for lunch all week long. So easy and so good!
Okay Back To The Recipe
I think that eating clean should taste great and make you feel great. But you know what? Im on a mission to recreate healthy, Whole30 meals that give me all the happy feelings I associate with the recipes I love, too. Over the years, Ive learned a few tips and tricks that have given me a lot of confidence in Paleo substitutions in recipes.
To make a Paleo / Whole30 Caesar Salad that gives me all the feels of the classic recipe, there were a few important changes to be made.
Be encouraged, as you get more comfortable cooking with Paleo recipes, youll find the things that work for you, too!
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A 2,000 calorie-per-day diet is used for general nutritional advice, but calorie needs vary.
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