Rotisserie Chicken Caesar Salad is made by a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, making dinner extra easy and fast! Plus this recipe comes with a simple, homemade Caesar salad dressing.
I know what you are thinking. Oh lord, here she goes again with another shredded chicken meal idea. Nope— I tricked yah! Instead I took the easy way and let my local Kroger help me with a simple weeknight meal. Don’t you just love that you can walk into the grocery store and pick up a rotisserie chicken and voila, the main part of your dinner or lunch is cooked and ready to go! Lately my favorite way to use up a store bought rotisserie chicken is in a salad. I’m the salad eater of the house, so while I give the boys a few pieces of the white meat chicken, I can have the rest for a big ole’ bowl of leafy green deliciousness to myself. I tried that line about deliciousness on Joey and Anthony to tempt them into trying this chicken Caesar salad and they were having none of it….
If there’s one thing I learned about making my own chicken Caesar salad dressing it’s that the dressing tastes SO good because, well, there’s lots of tasty, somewhat fattening things in it. So beware- go easy on the dressing and the cheese. Or else you’ll defeat the whole purpose of having a nice light salad for dinner. And if you’re wondering how I deconstruct this salad for the kids, I don’t. They get the chicken and a little dressing to dip in. And Mom enjoys the rest… because I’m worth it! No really, we don’t do salad that often so when I make a favorite I rarely share. Chances are if you try this chicken Caesar salad you won’t be sharing either!
I grew up eating Caesar salad with my Mom’s homemade dressing once if not twice a week. So you can thank Sue for this recipe— if you LOVE lemon like we do, then this dressing is for you!
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 ½ tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 large lemon, juiced and zested
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 4 hearts of romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and torn into pieces
- 1 rotisserie chicken, cooked, diced or shredded into bite-sized pieces
- 10-12 croutons or garlic toasts [I purchased mine at Kroger]
- optional: 4-6 slices of bacon, cooked, crumbled
- To make the dressing, add olive oil, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vinegar to your food processor. Process until dressing thickens, about 30-45 seconds.
- To assemble the salad, combine dressing, parmesan cheese, lettuce and chicken in large mixing bowl. Toss well.
- Serve immediately with croutons and extra cheese if desired.
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