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Caesar’s Chicken Salad & Salmon Salad

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

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

After reading in 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 and oregano, added a few tablespoons lemon juice and wrapped the chicken breast in parchment paper and baked it in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 45 minutes.

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.

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.

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

Ingredients used for the Salad Dressing: garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, honey, salt, pepper and oregano.

 

As I said, I had some leftover salad dressing and put it in the refrigerator.   I also had some leftover smoked salmon filling which I used to fill the vols au vent, so I decided to combine both these to make a salmon salad.   When making one of the recipes I posted the other day, I had some unused salmon fillet which I put in the deep freezer so I thawed it and I used the dressing to marinate the fillet.

All I did was to leave it to marinate for about 1 hour and then I grilled the fillet for 5 minutes on each side.   I then flaked the salmon with a fork and mixed in the smoked salmon filling.

However it’s not difficult to do it from scratch and such a wonderful meal on hot summer days.

Salmon Salad

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2 -3

Ingredients:


1 Salmon fillet (about 500 grams)
50 grams smoked salmon
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 gherkins, finely chopped
1 tablespoon capers
4 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
A pinch of paprika
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dill, finely chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons strained Greek yoghurt
100 grams heavy cream 35%
100 grams Philadelphia cream cheese

Marinade ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
A pinch of oregano
A pinch of tarragon
1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses or honey

For decoration:

1 preserved or roasted beetroot, sliced

1 Kalamata olive

 

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine the marinade ingredients and add the salmon Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Place under a hot grill and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the piece of fish. Use the marinade to baste the salmon while grilling.  Set aside to cool.

Beat the heavy cream with a hand mixer until it thickens and then add the cream cheese and yoghurt and mix again.

Flake the grilled and smoked salmons with a fork and add all the remaining ingredients and mix.  Taste and adjust seasoning.

Mix three quarters of the cream mixture in the salad and use the remaining to cover the fish.

Decorate with slices of beetroot and an olive for an eye and refrigerate for half an hour before serving.

I am sending both recipes to Lore, of Culinarty for her event Original Recipes.

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Peter

Saturday 14th of February 2009

Often, chicken gets topped on a Caesar salad to make it a meal but the salmon works well. Love the fish at the end!

Maria

Saturday 14th of February 2009

Ivy, this salad looks wonderful and I love salmon!

Maria x

Cynthia

Saturday 14th of February 2009

This is an excellent salad Ivy!

farida

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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