Thursday, June 7, 2007

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad


It was over 90 degrees here today, so we went to Erika's pool for the day. We had a lot of fun. We're going again tomorrow...another one of our friends from small group is coming so that should make for another fun day.

Tonight for dinner I made Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. I love having salads on warm summer evenings; they're just so refreshing! And since last night's dinner was somewhat heavy, it was nice to have something lighter tonight! I served it with Parmesan Garlic Bread. Here are the recipes...

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
a family recipe...

Grilled Chicken

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons lemon pepper
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon onion powder

Sprinkle both sides of each chicken breast with lemon pepper, garlic salt, and onion powder. Grill until juices run clear. Set aside and allow to come to room temperature.

Caesar Salad Dressing

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
6-8 drops Tabasco sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
juice of one lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Combine first 6 ingredients. Whisk in lemon juice, then olive oil. Add parmesan cheese and thoroughly combine.

Croutons

6 slices Italian bread, cut into large cubes
olive oil
garlic powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Add bread cubes, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Toss to evenly coat. Bake until golden, approximately 10 minutes.

To assemble salad: Chop one head of romaine lettuce and add to large bowl. When ready to serve, toss with dressing. Add croutons, and additional shredded parmesan cheese. Top with freshly ground pepper and toss until combined. Serve with Parmesan Garlic Bread.

Parmesan Garlic Bread
my own recipe...

one loaf Italian bread, sliced
4 tablespoons butter, softened
garlic powder
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread slices on cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Butter each slice and sprinkle with garlic powder. Top each slice equally with parmesan cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden.

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