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low calorie grilled chicken caesar salad

Low-Calorie Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

typical Caesar has about 1000 Calories and 76 grams of fat. This recipe for Low-Calorie Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad light, but still yummy, version of the typical Caesar.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 280 kcal


  • For the Chicken:
  • 4 4-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • For the crouton:
  • 2 slices French bread crusts removed and diced into ½ inch pieces (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 clove garlic pressed or finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • For the salad:
  • 12 cups romaine lettuce washed and torn or sliced
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • For the Creamy Caesar Dressing:
  • cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste or 2 anchovies in oil, rinsed and smashed into a paste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 medium cloves garlic pressed or finely minced
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • Prepare the dressing: Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl. Set-aside. (make in advance if desired and store, covered, in the refrigerator. Can be made up to a week in advance)
  • Prepare the croutons: Heat the oven to 350º F. Combine the olive oil and garlic in a large bowl, add the bread cubes and toss to combine. Place on a cookie sheet in the oven and bake, stirring occasionally, until toasty and crisp, about 10 minutes. Watch them so they don't burn. Remove from the oven and set aside. (can easily be made in advance, although I do like them warm)
  • Prepare the chicken breasts: heat the grill to high. Season the chicken with the Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper. Grill on a lightly oiled grill until cooked through, about 3 - 5 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.
  • Putting it all together: Combine the lettuce, Parmesan cheese, and dressing in a large bowl. Toss well. Divide into individual serving plates. Slice the chicken and place it on top. Add croutons and serve.


Serving: 1gCalories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 23gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 1001mgFiber: 3g
Keyword Caesar Salad low-calorie, homemade Caesar dressing low-fat, low-fat Caesar
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