Chicken Caesar Salads with Homemade Caesar Dressing

For today’s Sunday Funday, participants were tasked with making homemade salad dressings. 

Typically, I’ve been a no salad dressing or ranch type of gal, Hubs uses ranch and the kids haven’t used dressing at all.

Then imagine my surprise when we went out for dinner a month ago, and Dude ordered a caesar salad.  I asked the waitress to put the dressing on the side, anticipating his aversion when he piped up and said he liked caesar dressing (which he’d had at a banquet) and wanted his salad tossed!  Whhhaaaat?!?

He then proceeded to ask me to buy caesar dressing to have on hand for when I serve salads.  I happily obliged.  Then I tried the dressing I bought and was less than enthused.  

So when this challenge came up, I knew I was going to tackle caesar.

Now, a true caesar has anchovies or anchovy paste but that’s gross, so I omitted it (I know, I know, I should grow up, but I really don’t think I’m going to outgrow this aversion), so this recipe is the non-anchovy version.

This recipe makes the perfect amount to toss on one head of romaine lettuce (unless you like your salad really saucy, then you might want to double it).  The salads were a light dinner option that was enjoyed by all…especially since I served it with fresh focaccia! 

Sunday Funday

Homemade Salad Dressings

Palatable Pastime: Blue Cheese Salad Dressing 

Mayuri's Jikoni: Cranberry Salad Dressing 
A Day in the Life on the Farm: Homemade Celery Seed Dressing 

Chicken Caesar Salad

1 ½ pounds chicken breasts

Seasoning salt & pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon oil

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped

1 recipe Easy Caesar Dressing (below)

Focaccia bread or croutons, optional

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Season the chicken with seasoning salt and pepper.  Cook the chicken about 5 minutes per side or until browned on both sides and cooked through (optionally, cook on an outdoor grill).

Toss the romaine with the caesar dressing and top with chicken.  Serve with croutons or focaccia bread.

Easy Caesar Dressing

Adapted from Cookie and Kate

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon dijon mustard

½ teaspoon worcestershire sauce

Pinch of salt

2 ½ tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon water

Black pepper, to taste

Whisk together all ingredients.  Toss with salad


  1. Our kids are a constant delight to us, aren't they? Before you know it, he'll be getting you to add a little anchovy paste to that dressing. LOL

  2. It's just in the last few years that I have started to love Caesar dressing and I have never made it at home, but that's changing now!

  3. I've not been able to enjoy the famous Caesar Salad Dressing because of anchovies in it. Now I can make it at home without it. Amy your recipe is a keeper.

  4. I love anchovies in my Caesar dressing! And I even lay them on top of my salad. I know many, many people would object to that! Yours is a great solution. Thanks.


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