Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 12 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 10 minutes

Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad is an enhanced version of the classic recipe, with homemade dressing, creamy avocado, and grilled chicken pieces! Check this easy recipe out for a light yet satisfying meal!

This refreshing side dish can easily pass as a main dish. Check out my recipes for easy-to-make side dishes like the Egg Fried Rice, Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes, and Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad has everything you need for a nice lunch or dinner. It has healthy fats, fiber, protein, and carbs all in one incredible dish.

And the dressing is rich and creamy, and it goes well with the crunchy lettuce leaves and croutons. The fruit and meat also add texture and body to the whole dish.

It does not even take long to make, and you can even prepare it in advance. Overall, this is a convenient side dish that you can whip up anytime you want something refreshing on the table.

You can even serve it as the main entree since it is hearty. Experience restaurant dining at home with this exquisite yet easy recipe!

What is the best lettuce to use for Caesar Salad?

The best one to use is romaine lettuce. You want them to be clean and crisp. So, it is always good to use only the freshest ones available and prep them properly.

Discard the wilted ones and rinse the leaves. Dry them too so that you can effectively coat them with the dressing later.

How to grill chicken breasts?

  • Marinate: Season the meat with the oil, lemon juice, and spices for about 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Prepare: Heat the grill and brush olive oil on the grates.
  • Cook: Grill the chicken until golden on both sides. Make sure to reach the safe temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Rest: Set aside the cooked meat and allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing.

How to make Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad

  • Grill the meat: Grill the chicken as described above.
  • Make the croutons: To prepare the croutons, coat slices of French baguette in oil and minced garlic, then, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare the dressing: Pour all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse.
  • Assemble: Arrange the pieces of lettuce leaves in a large bowl. Then, arrange the rest of the ingredients on top, finishing off with the dressing and croutons.
  • Serve: Toss everything and serve.

Recipe Variations:

  • Other meat: Substitute the chicken breasts with other poultry cuts or even grilled turkey.
  • Seasfood: Or, substitute the chicken with seafood like salmon or shrimp shrimp. They work well with the rest of the dish, too.
  • Add bacon: Take this over the top by adding some crispy bacon!
  • More veggies: Make it heartier by adding more veggies, like cucumbers, mushrooms and bell peppeers.
  • Vegetarian: Make it vegetarian by skipping the meat and adding beans or chickpeas, even grilled tofu works.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad healthy?

Yes! The greens and the tomatoes are great sources of fiber. The grilled meat in this dish is one of the leanest cuts which is also a great source of protein.

The avocado is rich in good healthy fats. The croutons are rich in carbohydrates that will give you energy.

Overall, this dish is healthy because it has a balance of fresh and healthy components. But, just like any other dish, manage your portions.

What to serve with Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad?

How to store it:

Keep the dressing in a separate airtight container for up to a week. Also, the croutons should be stored in a separate airtight container at room temperature.

The rest of the leftovers can be eaten within 4 days. But for best results, serve with fresh romaine lettuce.

Recipe Tips:

  • You can double the dressing recipe and use it as a spread in burgers, wraps, or sandwiches. Use it as a meat marinade, too.
  • To enhance the avocado flavor throughout the dish, mash some of it and mix it with the dressing.
  • Aside from baguettes, you can also use sourdough or white bread for the croutons.
avocado chicken Caesar salad

Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad

Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad is an enhanced version of the classic recipe, with homemade dressing, creamy avocado, and grilled chicken pieces! 
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 21 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 861kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

Garlic Croutons:

  • 1/2 French Baguette (cut in half sliced into 1/4" thick slices)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)

For the Chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Caesar Dressing:

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Caesar Salad:

  • 1 large romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shaved)
  • 2 avocados (pitted and sliced)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (cut in half)

Instructions

How to Make Croutons:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the bread slices in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil with minced garlic and drizzle the mixture over the croutons.
  • Toss until evenly coated.
  • Arrange the bread in a single layer onto a baking sheet and bake until lightly golden and crisp, about 10-12 minutes.

For the Chicken:

  • Marinate chicken breasts in olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and oregano for 15-30 minutes.
  • Fire the grill, brush with olive oil and grill the chicken on a gas grill or using a grill pan over medium-high heat. Cook until done.
  • Let the chicken rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Caesar Salad Dressing:

  • Combine all the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl, stir well and set aside.

Assemble the Salad:

  • Rinse and dry the romaine lettuce,
  • Chop it and layer it in a large serving bowl, sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese, add the cooled croutons, sliced chicken, cherry tomatoes and sliced avocado.
  • Drizzle 1/2 of the dressing on top. Toss gently and if needed add more dressing until the ingredients are evenly coated.
  • Serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Calories: 861kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 88g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1528mg | Potassium: 1156mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1379IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 384mg | Iron: 3mg
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Lizzie Lau

This is the perfect salad. Actually anything with avocado is perfect to me. Everything else is bonus!

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Natalie

Looks fantastic. So summery and light. Will give your recipe a try. Can't wait!

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Claire

I love avocados and chicken in salads! Just by looking at the pictures, it makes me want this so bad. Will definitely try this one of these days!

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Allyson Zea

This is so flavorful! I can't wait to try it out!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

Whoa! This Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad is a must make meal!

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Beth

Such a delicious and great salad! I love making this for bbq weekends and such a hit here! I can’t wait to make this again! Everyone loves this!

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Amanda Livesay

The most refreshing summer lunch! It's delicious.

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