chicken caesar salad

Caesar salad at a great restaurant with a glass of red wine is one of my favorite meals.  So satisfying, rich, garlicky, salty and perfect!

I finally decided I needed to come up with my own recipe for homemade caesar dressing, because really...  that's what makes the salad, and why pay $15 at a restaurant when I can make it at home for a fraction of the price!
Homemade Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3-4 cloves)
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
2 romaine hearts
1 store-bought rotisserie chicken breast, chopped
shredded or sliced parmesan cheese

Puree the first 7 ingredients in a blender until smooth.  This can be done up to 1 day ahead.

Wash, dry and chop the romaine hearts into a large bowl.  Toss in the chicken breast pieces and the parmesan cheese.  Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Just before serving, toss the salad with the dressing to coat.  Top with fresh ground black pepper and extra lemon slices for anyone who wants them!

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