This recipe has a whole lot going on for it.
And like pretty much all of my recipes, invites you to make it your own. To customise and tweak. Because surprise, surprise, we all need/like/prefer different things and that's perfectly OK!
Years gone by, this salad would have freaked me out. I would have worried that I'd ruin the chicken and it would be all dry. And I definitely would have worried that the inclusion of some ingredients was "bad." If you're feeling the latter, I hear you. And I'd invite you to explore that in this post - "Are There Good and Bad Foods?" And if the former worries you, worry not. Because if this self-taught cook can do it, so can you.
This salad has most of the classic ingredients of a Caesar salad. However you can increase/decrease should that suit you better. Whether that's more/less chicken, more/less dressing or perhaps extra ingredients. You could add eggs, bacon and anchovies. This recipe isn't an exhaustive list though it's damn easy and yummy. Watch a video of this recipe here.
- 1 slice bread cut into small squares
- 150g chicken tenderloins or breast cut into fillets
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to cook
- 1 full handfuls lettuce (iceberg or cos), shredded
- Few thin slices red onion
- 1 medium radish, sliced into matchsticks
- 1 tbsp pecorino or parmesan cheese, grated
- ¼ medium avocado, diced
- 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- ½ tbsp mayonnaise
- Extra-virgin olive oil, to dress
- Salt and pepper
- Heat oil in a frypan over medium-high heat
- Add bread squares and cook, moving pan, until crispy and browned
- Once cooked, set aside
- Add thyme and olive oil to chicken in a mixing bowl
- Coat well
- Cook on a heated frypan over medium-high heat
- Turn chicken once over half the meat is white
- Remove from heat once cooked through and set aside
- Add salad ingredients to a bowl including croutons
- Add mayonnaise, a drizzle of olive oil and seasoning
- Mix well to combine
- Serve with chicken
No thyme? Use oregano or rosemary instead. Fresh or dried is fine. Just chop it very fine if using fresh.
Use any bread you like though stale works well too.
No time? Make the salad base and use takeaway BBQ chicken.
And for everything else, make it to your own tastes.