Needing a simple yet vibrant salad for dinner, lunch or get together? This Caesar Salad with Seared Romaine will turn heads, and have people grabbing for second and thirds. This recipe is gluten, dairy, Keto and Paleo friendly! Dig in!
Caesar salad is by far my favorite salad. I have to be honest I use Primal Kitchen’s Caesar dressing in almost every salad I make. I love that the dressing is Keto and Paleo friendly, but most of all that it is dairy free. When I completed the Inflammation Spectrum by Dr. Will Cole, I definitely realized I do not tolerate dairy well. So, I always enjoy finding delicious dairy free options that often times taste better than the real thing. Love it.
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I love making this salad for an easy dinner during the week. I also make this for fun lunches on the weekend. I will also increase the ingredients and make a large platter to serve at get togethers. I think the seared Romaine really gives it a nice edge, and the nutty pine nuts add some depth to the flavors. All-in-all this is a delicious and healthy addition into your line up of meals. I hope you enjoy!
Primal Kitchen Caesar Salad Dressing*Or your dressing of choice
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
On one baking sheet place the chicken breasts down and season with 1 tbsp of avocado oil and the Adobo seasoning. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.
During the last 15 minutes of the chicken's cooking time, scatter the grape tomatoes throughout the pan. Return the pan into the oven until the chicken is fully cooked.
Place the 4 slices of bacon onto the second baking sheet, and add it into the oven to crisp during the last 10 minutes of the chicken's cooking time. Cook until the bacon is crisp to your liking.
Toss the pine nuts into a small frying pan and toast them over medium heat. Stir the nuts frequently to avoid burning. Remove from the heat once golden brown and fragrant.
While the chicken and bacon are cooling, heat a skillet over medium heat and add the remaining avocado oil in.
Cut the Romaine hearts in half (length wise). Place the Romaine hearts (2 at a time) flat side down onto the skillet and sear 1 minute each side while sprinkling sea salt on top. Repeat this step for the last 2 Romaine hearts.
Layer the seared lettuce on the plate, and top with the chopped chicken, tomatoes, bacon, and toasted pine nuts. Evenly drizzle the Caesar dressing ontop and garnish with lemon wedges. Enjoy!
If you are a lover of Caesar salads then you have to dig into to this recipe. This salad has the perfect blend of protein, healthy fats and fibrous greens to satisfy any pallet. People often overlook Caesar salads, but with the right flavors they can be quite dynamic. You can dig into this for lunch or for dinner. This salad is gluten free, Keto friendly, and it can be Paleo if you ditch the cheese.
I love crafting salads. For the longest time I truly believed salads were something that always tasted better if someone else made them. Then I started to get into the stride of learning different flavor and texture combinations. I often make my own dressings, but hands down Primal Kitchen makes the best store bought varieties that are clean and simple. In this recipe their Caesar dressing brings the dish to life.
Before I start preparing anything for the salad I make a package of Simple Mills’ Artisan Bread mix, which will later serve as my croutons. While the bread is cooking I start to build the salad. I used a mix here of organic baby kale, romaine and mixed greens. Then, I tossed the pine nuts into a pan over medium heat and let them toast while frequently moving them around to prevent burning. Once the pine nuts are done I add them to greens.
Next, I take the prosciutto and lay the slices on a piece of parchment paper and let them crisp in the oven while the bread is baking. I keep an eye on the prosciutto while the pieces crisp for about 10 minutes and then remove them from the oven. After the prosciutto is cooled I will then cut the pieces into little bits and then add them to the salad. Often times I will shred some raw organic cheddar cheese and toss it in as well. When the bread is done I cut the slices into cubes, toss them with olive oil and Italian seasoning and add them back into the oven until the they are crisp.
On week nights I often grab a rotisserie chicken to make dinner prep simple. Grabbing a chicken from Whole Foods is my go-to. Here I shredded the breast meat and each serving got 4-6 oz, and then my kids ate the rest for their dinners. Its a win-win for everyone at the table.
Kale Chicken Caesar Salad Serves 2
1 package of Simple Mills Artisan Bread Mix
4 cups of baby kale or your choice of salad greens
8-12 oz of shredded rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup of pine nuts
4 tablespoons of Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing
6 oz of Prosciutto (I used Applegate Naturals)
2 tablespoons of avocado oil
1 tablespoon of dried Italian seasoning
Optional: 1/2 cup of shredded raw organic cheddar cheese (I use Organic Valley brand)
Prepare the Simple Mills bread mix per the directions for a loaf and bake for the allotted time
Place the Prosciutto slices on a piece of parchment paper, add it to the oven during the last 10 minutes of the bread’s cooking time and bake until they are nice and crisp
Meanwhile, toss the pine nuts in a pan over medium heat while stirring frequently until they are nicely toasted then remove from the heat
When the Prosciutto is nice and crisp remove it from the oven and cut into little pieces
When the bread is done cut half of the loaf into slices and then into cubes. Place the cubes on a baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzle on the avocado oil and Italian seasoning and mix until the croutons are evenly coated. Place the croutons into the oven for another 8-10 minutes until golden brown and toasted
Add the kale, chicken, pine nuts, 1/2 cup of croutons, prosciutto, and cheese (if you choose to add it) into a bowl. Top the salad with the juice of half a lemon and Caesar dressing, and toss it all together until evenly coated.