Main Dish Recipes

Chicken Caesars Salad with Grilled Lettuce

We are spending this week and next with Bart’s sister, Heather, and her family in Utah.

There are lots of upsides to this stay (namely, the fact that my children are occupied by their five cousins basically from the moment they wake up until the moment they go to bed), but I’d be lying if I didn’t mention that Heather’s cooking is way way way at the top of the list.

If I had five children (and was expecting another), I probably would be serving cold cereal for dinner every night.

Instead, Heather is whipping up gourmet meals every night (and then going to Crossfit in the morning – I went along with her yesterday and . . . I might not be able to get out of bed ever again).

On Monday night, she and her husband grilled up these chicken caesars salads for us, and all the grown-ups and the two smallest children sat around the patio table while the rest of the children ate on the grass.

It was a perfect summer dinner.

And then we topped it off by having these never-fail brownies with whipped cream and fresh raspberries. But, obviously, we waited until the children were in bed for that part.

Also, I was totally dubious about grilled lettuce. I was wrong – it’s delicious.

Chicken Caesars Salad with Grilled Lettuce

(serves 4)

4 chicken breasts or thighs (we did thighs)
1 bottle of caesars dressing (we used Newman’s and I say “we” but basically I just watched)
4 baby romaine lettuces
Juice of one lemon
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
Grilling onions (optional)
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Turn grill to medium-high and let heat.

Place the chicken in a baking dish and cover with half a bottle of the caesars dressing. Let sit while you prep the other items.

Rinse the lettuce carefully and then slice in half, leaving the stems in-tact. Lay them, cut side up, on a baking sheet and drizzle with lemon juice, olive oil and then generously salt and pepper.

(If you’re going to do onions too, drizzle them with just a tiny bit of olive oil).

Cook the chicken on the grill until cooked through (if it’s done before everything else, put it on a plate and cover with tinfoil to keep warm until everything’s ready).

Cook the onions about 7-10 minutes, until browned in spots. Add the lettuce to the grill and cook about 1 minute on each side.

Plate the lettuce, chicken, and onions. Add croutons, top with Parmesan cheese, and, if desired, top with additional dressing (I obviously had more dressing, but other more adult-ish adults refrained).

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  • Reply Paige Flamm May 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! The grill has a magical power to make anything taste amazing!


  • Reply Laura Muir May 22, 2014 at 5:46 am

    That's so fun Janssen! I visited Heather and Spencer in Laguna last Summer and really enjoyed our time together cooking in the kitchen! I made Grilled Caesar Salads for us all and it was such a hit! Heather had never had them before and we were all devouring them! I think I made them 2 or 3 times! If you want, you should check out the post and recipe I wrote about it! 🙂

  • Reply jeffily May 23, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Mmm! I must try this! We bought a grill recently and are always looking for tasty things to grill up!

  • Reply Kristen May 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    The idea of grilled lettuce has haunted me so a few days ago I bought some romaine and it's getting ready to go on the grill right now. I'll let you know how it turns out!

  • Reply Meghan June 2, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Looks delish.

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