Simple Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

I am a huge proponent of meal planning and not having lots of food waste. I read the other day that on average Americans throw away 219 pounds per person in a year. That is money each of us are throwing away. There are people going hungry in the world and country and a family of 4 is throwing away approximately 875 pounds of food a year! How do you keep from throwing away food? By knowing what you have on hand and having a plan to use it.

I cook meat for 2 or 3 meals at a time most nights but I have have a plan on what we are going to make with the extra. The chicken we had with this meal will also be made into a casserole and possibly a pizza. Do you have a good idea what is in your freezer and pantry? We are doing “No Buy January” and now is a good time to jump in and join us! Make a list of what is in your pantry or cupboards. Have things that have already expired or are questionable? Get rid of them. Place everything where you can see it and know where it is. Then sit down and think about what you can make with what you have on hand. Soups, casseroles, and pizzas are good uses for odds and ends of items. Get creative. Need a bit of fresh produce or dairy? Of course buy those things but see how far you can go with what you have on hand!

Verdict: My family was so excited for a simple salad after a few weeks of excessive treats. We made this as a salad bar so that each person could customize their salads to what they wanted on their salad. We loved this meal. The dressing is simple and we had a tube of anchovy paste on hand! I love the little tubes so that we can make one or two salad dressings and there is not a ton of waste like a jar.

This is also a great way to use leftover chicken breast, shrimp, or steak.

Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing'

  • Servings: 4-6 salads
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeeze (more or less to taste)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper – , depending on your tastes
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste

salad ingredients:

  • chicken breast, grilled or baked, use your favorite marinade, cut into bite sized pieces
  • romaine lettuce
  • croutons
  • bacon crumbles
  • additional Parmesan cheese for topping

Directions:

  1. To a mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, anchovy paste, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, and garlic and stir. Whisk in sour cream and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Place in airtight container in the refrigerator until serving.
  2. In a large salad bowl toss together lettuce, croutons and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with dressing and toss. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan and black pepper if desired.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Simple, yet satisfying and delicious. 😋🌿

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  2. Simple Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

    On Monday, January 11, 2021, What’s for Dinner Moms? wrote:

    > koolaidmoms posted: ” I am a huge proponent of meal planning and not > having lots of food waste. I read the other day that on average Americans > throw away 219 pounds per person in a year. That is money each of us are > throwing away. There are people going hungry in the worl” >

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!!!

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  3. Erika says:

    I love Ceasar salad. Your dressing sounds fantastic.

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  4. My main weapon in cutting food waste is a date stamper. Everything gets labelled and stamped. I make sure stuff doesn’t get pushed to the back of the fridge.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Great idea! My issue is things lost in the bottom of our chest freezer. That’s why I do 2 months of No Buy every year to clean it out.

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