Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons and Balsamic Caesar Dressing!
I have to admit- it was a proud Mama moment the first time we went to a restaurant and three of my kids decided that what they most wanted to eat for dinner was a Caesar salad! Here's our family recipe for grilled chicken caesar salad with homemade croutons and balsamic caesar dressing!
  • For the chicken:
  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • ½ bottle of Italian dressing
  • For the croutons:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 loaf country white bread, crust removed, torn or cut into crouton-sized bites
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1½ Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1½ Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  1. For the Chicken:
  2. Place the chicken in a zip-top bag and pour the ½ bottle of Italian dressing on top. Allow to marinate in the fridge for 4-6 hours.
  3. Bake the chicken in the oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until nearly done, and then move to the grill to finish (this will keep the chicken juicy and ensure it is thoroughly cooked).
  4. For the Croutons:
  5. Tear or cut the bread into crouton-sized chunks and allow to air-dry on the counter for 6-8 hours.
  6. Whisk together the olive oil, garlic, and Kosher salt in a large bowl. Add bread cubes and toss to coat.
  7. Transfer croutons to a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until golden brown about 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool.
  8. For the Dressing:
  9. Combine all ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth.
Recipe by MomOf6 at