Chicken Caesar Salad with Polenta Croutons Recipe

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Cook Healthy and QuickUsing baked polenta to make the crunchy croutons for this perennially popular salad gives it a twist by providing extra texture to complement the succulence of the chicken and the freshness of the lettuce.

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 Minutes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup prepared polenta, cut into 1 in (2.5 cm) cubes
  • ½ tsp rock salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large or 2 small heads romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 oz (225 g) cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Romano cheese
For the Dressing
How to Make It
  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the polenta and season with ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, turning over the polenta cubes occasionally, until crisp and lightly browned. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. For the dressing, place all the ingredients in the small bowl of a food processor and pulse until emulsified into a thick and creamy dressing. Alternatively, place the ingredients in a large bowl and blend well with a handheld blender. Season with pepper, mix well to combine, and set aside.
  3. Place the lettuce, chicken, and cheese in a large bowl and toss lightly to combine. Drizzle over the dressing, a little at a time, and toss until well coated. Arrange the salad on a serving dish and scatter the polenta croutons over it. Sprinkle over some Parmesan and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Nutritional Value Per Serving
521 kcal
Calories from Fat:
396 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
44 g
Saturated Fat
10 g
Trans Fat
0.0 g
1.5 g
Dietary Fiber
0.8 g
1.5 g
* Above mentioned %DVs (Percent Daily Values) are based on 2,000 calorie food intake.

DVs (Daily values) may be vary depending upon individuals daily calorie needs. Above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide for approximation. They are not recommendations. Calculations are based on average weight of 194 lbs. and ages of 19 to 50 years.

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