Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe
A light, easy take on the classic - with a smokey twist!
1 medium ciabatta loaf
2 tbsp Fino Olive Oil
1 large cos or romaine lettuce, leaves separated
1 garlic clove
Parmesan or Grano Padano cheese
5 tbsp Cotswold Gold mayonnaise
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
Tear the bread into big, ragged croutons or, if you prefer, cut with a bread knife. Spread over a large baking sheet or tray and sprinkle over 2 tbsp olive oil. Rub the oil into the bread and season with a little salt if you like. Bake for 8-10 mins, turning the croutons a few times during cooking so they brown evenly.
Mash the anchovies with a fork against the side of a small bowl. Crush the garlic. Grate a handful of cheese and mix with the rest of the dressing ingredients. Season to taste. It should be the consistency of yogurt. If you feel the dressing is too thick, stir in a few teaspoons water to thin it.
Shave the cheese with a peeler to create large strips. Tear lettuce into large pieces and put in a large bowl. Cut the chicken into bite sized chunks and scatter half over the leaves, along with half the croutons. Add most of the dressing and toss. Scatter the rest of the chicken and croutons, then drizzle with the remaining dressing. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top and serve straight away.
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