I’ve always believed, if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right. So if you’re going to have a salad for lunch, it might as well be the tastiest salad your two hands can muster. With that in mind, we’ve taken the basic components of a Caesar salad, but made them much, much better.
It all starts with some well seasoned chicken of course, and bacon, because the one thing all salads need more of is bacon. The Kefir dressing is packed full of parmesan meaning we’ve cleverly worked everything we love (bacon, cheese, ciabatta and chicken) into a salad… and it is good.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 large chicken breasts
- Half a loaf of ciabatta
- 100ml Kefir (or Yoghurt/Buttermilk)
- 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- The juice of half a lemon
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 50g parmesan, grated
- 1 large head of Romaine lettuce
- Heirloom tomatoes, a few
- Olive oil
- Parmesan shavings
- 6 Rashers streaky bacon
- Salt and Pepper
How You Make It:
- Slice up your chicken into 8 thick strips, pop on a baking tray and dress with 1 clove of garlic, 1 tsp each of salt and black pepper (you want the chicken quite hot with pepper) and a drizzle of olive oil. Mix. Surround your dressed chicken with your bacon rashers and bake for 15 mins at 230ºC/450ºF.
- Quickly slice your ciabatta into fat, chunky croutons. Dress with lots of olive oil and salt. Pop in the same oven as your chicken. All should be ready at the same time.
- Bring everything out, shred the chicken and bacon roughly, then leave to cool.
- Meanwhile, make your dressing. Whisk together the kefir (if using), parmesan, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon. Season well with salt and pepper and a good lug of olive oil (be generous). Mix and set aside while you build your salad.
- Slice your romaine into large pieces. Put down a layer in a big salad dish. Add a layer of tomatoes, then croutons, then chicken and bacon, parmesan shavings before sloshing over some dressing. Repeat so you have two layers. Finish with lots of dressing (don’t be hesitant- it’s delicious).