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Diet Caesar’s Chicken Salad

Diet Caesar’s Chicken Salad

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This Diet Caesar’s Chicken Salad is much healthier than the classic recipe but without compromising on the taste.

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A traditional Caesar salad has chicken breasts, romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, mayonnaise and black pepper.  Wikipedia.

Continuing healthy eating I wanted to make Caesar’s salad for the first time.

After reading on the internet 6 – 7 recipes I got an idea how it is made and kept the most important ingredients but made a new recipe, using ingredients we like and the way I thought was easier, healthier and more practical to make.

I read that anchovies were not originally added to the salad so I didn’t worry not having any at home. I also left out the eggs and the mayonnaise, to make it even lighter.   Although I had parmesan, I also left that out as well.

This salad is perfect as a main dish when on diet and you may use your leftover chicken or cook some as I did.

I seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano, added a few tablespoons lemon juice and baked it in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes.

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After cooking the chicken make the croutons

Cut the bread in small cubes and bake at 250 degrees using the air, for 10 – 15 minutes.

I can’t think of anything better to eat when I am on diet as it is quite filling, so I’ve made this salad many times.

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Here is my favourite twist to this salads:

Apart from lettuce,  I add rocket, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, dill and parsley.

I use 1 chicken breast per person and for the croutons 1 slice of bread per person.

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For the salad dressing I add a tablespoon of olive oil person, a small clove of garlic, 1/2 tsp honey or pomegranate molasses, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, some Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar.  The other ingredients may be used at will.

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Diet Caesar Chicken Salad

Yield: 4 as a main dish
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This Diet Caesar Chicken Salad is much healthier than the classic recipe but without compromising on the taste.


For the salad:

  • 20 lettuce leaves, the tenderest from inside
  • 4 spring onions, only the white part, finely chopped
  • 2 small cucumbers, peeled and chopped

For the Chicken:

  • 2 chicken fillets
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

For the salad dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp honey or pomegranate molasses

To serve:

  • 1 cup homemade croutons


  1. Season chicken fillets on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano.
  2. Bake in a preheated oven to 180oC for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and slice chicken into smaller pieces.
  3. After removing the chicken from the oven, bake the croutons, if using homemade ones.
  4. In a food processor or blender add the dressing ingredients and mix.
  5. Cut the lettuce by hand and arrange it in a salad plate and top with the remaining ingredients.
  6. Add the dressing, gently tossing the salad until the leaves are barely coated.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 297Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 52mgSodium 916mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 20g

"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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Saturday 14th of February 2009

Often, chicken gets topped on a Caesar salad to make it a meal and I love it!


Saturday 14th of February 2009

Ivy, this salad looks wonderful and I love salmon!

Maria x


Saturday 14th of February 2009

This is an excellent salad Ivy!


Saturday 14th of February 2009

Ivy, haven't been to your blog for quite some time. Lovely recipes. I am very interested in salmon salad. Looks so creative:)

Bellini Valli

Friday 13th of February 2009

Both of these dishes would find their way to my dinner table Sis. Light is just about right this time of the year, but I have been attending too many blogging events for that:D

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