Chicken caesar salad with cheat’s dressing & homemade croutons
The combination of chicken, anchovy, garlicky dressing and chunky croutons in this proper caesar salad is hard to beat, and makes a super speedy supper.
Ingredients for the salad
4 cooked chicken breasts, skin removed and shredded
4 small gem lettuces
60g anchovy fillets
4 slices of bread, cubed
100g pancetta, cubed
Salt and pepper
Ingredients for the dressing
4-5 tbsp mayonnaise
30g grated parmesan
1 clove garlic
A squeeze of lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 180c.
Fry off the pancetta until crispy. Season with a little pepper and remove from the pan.
Add the cubes of bread to the same pan and coat with the oil from the pancetta. Toss with a little more olive oil, add to a baking tray and cook for 15 minutes.
For the dressing, whisk up all the ingredients in a bowl. Add some warm water if necessary to loosen the mixture and make it glossy.
To clean the lettuce, submerge in a bowl of water and allow any dirt to rise to the top. Shake well, tear and add to a salad bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients, including the baked croutons.
Pour over the dressing and combine.
Top with grated parmesan and any extra croutons.