Published April 2, 2007.
Because Chicken Caesar Salad is a salad, many assume it's a safe bet when watching fat and calories. Think again.
Some chicken Caesar salads can be more fattening than a bacon cheeseburger.
We wanted a lower-fat version that came close to our ideal—crisp romaine lettuce spinkled with grated Parmesan cheese, tossed with toasted garlic croutons, the whole coated with a dressing containing garlic, anchovy, and lemon juice, boosted by the zip of Worcetershire sauce and bound together by a rich emulsion of egg yolks and olive oil.
Our biggest challenge was the dressing. We found we could replace most of the fat in the dressing with buttermilk and reduced-fat mayonnaise. We also reduced fat by cooking the chicken in just 1 teaspoon oil, first browning the chicken, then poaching it. We also replaced traditional high-fat croutons with a new recipe for low-fat croutons.list of recipes