Healthy Caesar Salad

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Some of you might be questioning my title, but in reality caesar salads are super high in fat mainly because of the dressing.  By making your own salad dressing you can control what and how much of an ingredient you use.  I am not sure if I like brussels sprouts or not, but I am super excited to try them in this recipe and I hope I have a good reaction.  Enjoy!

 

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with Brussels Sprouts

  • 4 small pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling plus about 1/4 cup
  • Juice of 2 lemons, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pints large Brussels sprouts, about 2 pounds
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and grated or pasted plus 1 clove, crushed
  • About 1 1/2 tsp anchovy paste
  • About 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • A handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped

 

Preparation:

Marinate chicken in enough EVOO to coat, the juice of 1 lemon, thyme, salt and pepper. Marinate about 1/2 hour.

 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

 

Using a small, sharp knife, core the Brussels sprouts and separate leaves. Salt water and add all of the baby cabbage leaves to pot – you should have at least 6 cups loosely packed. Count to 30 then drain and cold shock the leaves; drain again.

 

Heat a grill pan and grill the chicken about 12 minutes, turning occasionally.

 

Combine the juice of remaining lemon, grated or pasted garlic, anchovy paste, Worcestershire, lots of black pepper and about 1/4 cup of EVOO to a bowl and whisk to make dressing. Add a small handful of cheese once dressing is emulsified. (I add a beaten egg yolk to our dressing with the lemon juice but there is a food safety risk with this addition, of course.)

 

Heat butter in small skillet with crushed garlic over medium heat, add breadcrumbs and toast to golden brown. Add parsley and remove garlic.

 

Toss Brussels greens with dressing. Serve on plates topped with sliced grilled chicken, more cheese and buttery breadcrumbs.

 

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