Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad is one of many ways to use your amazing smoked chicken. This classic salad is always a treat but when it is topped with smokey chicken from your own pellet grill it is even better.
The chicken you smoked this past weekend is the perfect choice for this Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad. Dig some of that smokey, delicious chicken out of the fridge and cut it up into bite-size pieces ready for your salad. This recipe is of course very flexible. If you are a garlic lover – use more. If you are a lemon fan increase the amount of juice a bit. You get the idea.
This recipe has been a big hit around our house for the past two decades. My family has grown up with it and now both of my daughters are making it for their families. I hope it is as popular with your family!
What is the first rule that trumps all other rules at culinary school? Above all else – serve hot food “hot” and cold food “cold”. Nobody wants both their soup and their salad lukewarm. Always an important rule for any kitchen. In this case it means chilled lettuce. Leaving the lettuce on the countertop for a bit while you do something else is not helpful. What I prefer to do well in advance is prepare and chop the lettuce, bag it in a zip lock and stash it in the fridge until right before service.
One final note about preparing the garlic. Have you found a good garlic press? You will need one for this recipe. This one is the best!
Smoked Chicken Caesar SaladCourse: MainCuisine: SmokedDifficulty: Easy
This recipe is of course very flexible. If you are a garlic lover – use more. If you are a lemon fan increase the amount of juice a bit. You get the idea.
ingredients and supplies
1 head – fresh Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup – Hellmann’s/Best Foods regular mayonnaise
1 Tbsp – Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp – Worcestershire Sauce
2 – Cloves of fresh garlic, pressed or finely chopped
2/3 cup – Grated Parmesan cheese
1 large lemon – juiced
Black pepper to taste, freshly ground, coarse
Salt to taste
- Prepare chicken.
The chicken you smoked this past weekend is the perfect choice for this Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad. Dig some of that smokey, delicious chicken out of the fridge and cut it up into bite-size pieces ready for your salad.
- Prepare Dressing.
In a 4 cup bowl add the mayonnaise and most of the lemon juice keeping a bit of the lemon juice in reserve. Add the pepper, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and garlic and blend thoroughly with a wire whip. Add the Parmesan cheese and blend. At this point taste the dressing on a piece of romaine lettuce to check the flavor balance and viscosity. Use the lemon juice if too thick. Use a bit more mayonnaise or cheese if too thin. Please keep in mind the dressing will thicken in the refrigerator as it cools down. Thanks to the vinegar in the mayonnaise and the acid in the lemon juice, the shelf life refrigerated will be approximately 2 weeks.
Place the chilled lettuce in a large stainless steel bowl and add enough dressing to lightly coat the lettuce. In a smaller bowl, add the chicken and enough dressing to lightly coat the chicken. You may prefer to warm the chicken before dressing it. Plate the dressed lettuce, top with the chicken, serve and enjoy.