Monday, June 22, 2009

Chicken Ceasar Salad

Hi there! After a long lull in posting I'm finally finishing up my thesis and back to living in the real world and taking pictures of food again. I've also been dieting, which has greatly limited my ability to make anything that tastes even remotely delicious, so I've spared you by NOT posting these past two months.

The other day I needed to take a salad to a potluck and my good friend Jill, from BYU verbally shared this recipe with me. I was able to pick up all the ingredients at Sam's Club on the way home and whip it up in about 15 minutes. Totally delicious. Add a big bowl of fruit and some bread sticks and you've got a pretty decent meal.

Toss in the dressing right before serving.
1 large bag chopped Romaine lettuce
1-2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1-2 tomatoes, chopped
1 small bag pasta cooked according to pkg. directions (I used bowtie)
1 small bag sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
2-3 handfuls of grated Parmesan cheese
Cardini's Original Ceasar Dressing (the BEST Ceasar - the light version is good also)

In a large bowl, mix the lettuce, pasta, almonds and tomatoes. Pile the chicken and Parmesan cheese on top. Just before serving, mix in desired amount of dressing and toss to coat everything. Serve and eat immediately. This doesn't keep well after the dressing is mixed in.
I often take out individual servings and toss in a separate bowl. That way, if you have a lot of leftovers, you can refrigerate the salad and mix in more dressing the next day.