Chicken Caesar Wrap

Homemade Chicken Caesar Wraps are a breeze to make, are big on flavor, and make a deliciously light and refreshing lunch.

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The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining, and I’m starting to crave light, crisp, and fresh foods! These Chicken Caesar Wraps are light and refreshing, but still big on flavor and filling. These tasty wraps are pretty easy to make, even when you make them all from scratch like we did, but we’ve got some shortcuts you can take too, for when you’re low on time or energy!

Front view of a chicken Caesar wrap cut in half and stacked on a cutting board.

What’s in a Chicken Caesar Wrap?

A chicken Caesar wrap has all the fixin’s of a classic chicken Caesar salad (Romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, chicken, Parmesan, and tomatoes) all wrapped up into a soft flour tortilla. Chicken Caesar salads typically contain croutons as well, but croutons can be large and sharp to bite into in a wrap, so we substituted them with some buttery seasoned breadcrumbs so our wraps would have crunch without the cuts. The combo is absolutely divine!

Low on Time? Use These Shortcuts

I get it, life gets hectic sometimes, so when you’re short on time or energy, use these shortcuts to make these homemade chicken Caesar wraps in less time:

  • Instead of using homemade Caesar dressing, use your favorite bottled dressing (I like Ken’s Steakhouse brand or Girard’s).
  • Use pre-cooked chicken instead of cooking your own. You can use chopped rotisserie chicken (toss with a little Italian dressing for more flavor), or you can chop some baked breaded chicken breasts.
  • If cooking your own chicken, try marinating in more of the Caesar dressing instead of measuring all of the spices below.
  • If you have pre-made croutons on hand, crush them slightly and use in place of the buttered breadcrumbs below.

How to Make Chicken Caesar Wraps Ahead

Premade Chicken Caesar Wraps will stay good for about 4-6 hours before they begin to get a bit soft, so if you plan to pack your Chicken Caesar Wraps for lunch, take the following steps to ensure they don’t get soggy along the way:

  1. Store the chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and breadcrumbs in separate containers until the day of serving.
  2. The morning of, combine the ingredients and toss with the Caesar dressing, then wrap in the tortilla. Wrap the entire sandwich in plastic wrap or waxed paper, and keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
Chicken Caesar wraps cut and stacked together on a wooden cutting board.
Side view of a chicken Caesar wrap cut in half and stacked on a cutting board.
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Chicken Caesar Wraps

Homemade Chicken Caesar Wraps are a breeze to make, big on flavor, and make a deliciously light and refreshing lunch.
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $8.17 recipe / $2.04 each
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 1 wrap each
Calories 450kcal

Ingredients

Parmesan Chicken

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (about ⅔ lb.) $2.66
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil, divided $0.32
  • 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan $0.10
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper $0.02

Buttered Breadcrumbs

  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.13
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs $0.13
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper $0.02

Wraps

  • 2 cups chopped Romaine lettuce $1.50
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes $0.50
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan (grated or shredded) $0.80
  • 1/3 cup Caesar dressing $0.90
  • 4 large flour tortillas $2.15

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken breast into small ½-inch pieces. Place the chicken in a bowl and add 1 Tbsp olive oil, the Parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss until the chicken is evenly coated in oil and seasoning.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium. Once hot, add an additional 1 Tbsp olive oil and swirl to coat. Add the seasoned chicken and cook until browned and cooked through (about 5 minutes). If needed, add a couple tablespoons of water to the skillet to loosen the chicken before flipping. Set the chicken aside to cool.
  • Next, prepare the buttered breadcrumbs. Add the butter, panko breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a small skillet. Cook over medium until everything is evenly mixed and the breadcrumbs are golden brown (about 3 minutes). Set the breadcrumbs aside to cool.
  • Wash, drain, and chop the Romaine lettuce. Slice the grape tomatoes in half. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, cooled chicken, breadcrumbs, and Caesar dressing to a bowl. Toss until everything is evenly mixed.
  • Divide the salad mixture between 4 large flour tortillas. Fold and roll the tortillas up like a burrito (bottom first, fold in the sides, then continue to roll to the top). Use a toothpick to hold them closed, slice in half, then serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1wrap | Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 29g | Sodium: 1112mg | Fiber: 2g
Close up of a hand holding a chicken Caesar wrap cut in half.

How to Make Chicken Caesar Wraps – Step by Step Photos

Raw seasoned chicken breast in a bowl.

Cut one chicken breast (about ⅔ lb.) into ½-inch pieces. Toss with 1 Tbsp olive oil, then add 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan, ¼ tsp Italian seasoning, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp black pepper. Toss until the chicken is evenly coated in cheese and spices.

Cooked chicken in a skillet.

Heat a large skillet over medium. Once hot, add another tablespoon of olive oil and swirl to coat the surface. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through (about 5 minutes). If needed, add a couple of tablespoons of water to loosen the chicken before flipping it to brown on the second side. The water will quickly evaporate, allowing the chicken to brown again.

Wrap filling ingredients in a bowl.

Allow the chicken to cool while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Wash, drain, and chop 2 cups of Romaine lettuce. Slice ½ cup cherry tomatoes in half. Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, the cooled chicken, and ⅓ cup Caesar dressing in a bowl. Toss until everything is evenly combined.

Buttered Breadcrumbs being added to the salad bowl.

Add 1 Tbsp butter, ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs, ¼ tsp Italian seasoning, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp black pepper to a small skillet. Heat over medium while stirring until the butter has melted and the breadcrumbs have toasted slightly. Add the buttered breadcrumbs to the bowl with the other ingredients.

Finished Caesar wrap filling in a bowl.

Toss the filling once again until everything is evenly mixed.

Chicken caesar wraps filled but not rolled on a wooden cutting board.

To soften the tortillas slightly and make them more pliable, stack them and heat in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Divide the salad mix between two large tortillas.

Chicken Caesar wraps being folded and wrapped.

To fold the chicken Caesar wraps, start by folding the bottom side up and over the filling. Fold in each side to close up the ends, then continue to roll up over the folded sides until you have a burrito-shaped wrap.

Stacked chicken Caesar wraps on a cutting board with chips in the background.

Place a toothpick in the wrap to keep it closed, or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Enjoy within a few hours for the most crunch!

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Romaine Salad

We’re always on the hunt for a great salad around here, and this one is simple and stunning. Try this refreshing Romaine Salad! The electric green of the romaine leaves, pale green dressing and delicate pink radishes have a fresh monochrome effect tastes as good as it looks. The Green Goddess takes it over the top, slathering it all in herby, savory creaminess. To take it over the top, sprinkle with crunchy breadcrumbs, an ingenious alternative to croutons. Great as a spring salad or in any season, you’ll be head over heels (we were).

Ingredients in this romaine salad

No matter how many salad recipes we make, we’re always on the lookout for those easy, go-to recipes that are versatile enough to pair with loads of meals. This romaine lettuce salad is that: a quick 5 minute dressing and a handful of components make salad magic. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Romaine hearts or a mix of hearts and dark green leaves
  • Radishes
  • Shallot
  • Green Goddess Dressing
  • Italian panko
  • Parmesan shavings
Romaine lettuce

For the dressing: a lighter Green Goddess

This Green Goddess dressing is a revelation: once you try it, it will become one of those go-to recipes you keep in your back pocket. This deliciously creamy dressing features loads of fresh herbs and optional anchovies for savory notes (just like a good Caesar dressing). Here are a few things that stand out about this dressing:

  • Uses Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Classic Green Goddess dressing is made with sour cream, but this one uses Greek yogurt as a great stand in! It has less calories than the standard, making it a solid healthy dressing for your repertoire. It also brings in extra tangy notes.
  • It takes just 5 minutes! Throw it all in a blender and whiz it up. It’s quick and easy for big flavor that’s loads better than store-bought.
Romaine lettuce salad

Italian Panko stands in for croutons

The best innovation for replacing croutons? Breadcrumbs on a salad! Lately we’ve been topping all our salads with a sprinkle of panko. It brings a crunchy texture that spreads out into every bite, and it’s so easy (and very shelf stable). Here are some notes on panko and Italian panko:

  • Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. It has a crunchy texture which is more satisfying on salads (breadcrumbs are much finer with almost a sand-like texture).
  • “Italian” means herbs and salt are added. You should be able to find Italian panko or panko easily at your local grocery store.
  • Only have plain panko? Mix ½ cup panko with ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon each dried basil and thyme).

And that’s it! We hope you love this romaine lettuce salad as much as we do: let us know in the comments below what you think of it.

Romaine Salad

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Romaine Salad

Romaine Lettuce Salad with Green Goddess


Description

This romaine salad is simple and stunning! It pairs the refreshing lettuce with creamy Green Goddess dressing and crunchy breadcrumbs.


Ingredients

  • 2 romaine hearts (about 8 cups chopped)
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Green Goddess Dressing (or Cilantro Sauce for vegan)
  • ¼ cup Italian panko*
  • Parmesan shavings, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop the romaine hearts. Thinly slice the radishes and shallot.
  2. Make the Green Goddess Dressing.
  3. Place the romaine on salad plates or a large platter. Top with the sliced radishes, shallot, and Parmesan cheese shavings. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with Italian panko.

Notes

*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. It has a crunchy texture which is more satisfying on salads (breadcrumbs are much finer with almost a sand-like texture). “Italian” means herbs and salt are added. You should be able to find Italian panko or plain panko easily at your local grocery store (often they also sell gluten-free). If all you have is plain panko, you can season it: mix ½ cup panko with ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon each dried basil and thyme).

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad

Keywords: Romaine salad, romaine lettuce salad

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Perfect Caesar Salad

The very best Caesar salad recipe! This stunner has the perfect balance of creamy homemade dressing, crunchy croutons, and crisp lettuce. Some foods are classic for a reason. Like frosty vanilla bean ice cream or hot crispy French fries, this classic salad is basic but truly irresistible. Meet the perfect Caesar salad! Yes, you can buy a packaged storebought version with sub-par dressing and soggy croutons. But make all the components at home and it’s a knock out stunner. We’ve perfected all the elements so that you can make them at home. The savory, creamy dressing will instantly become a household favorite. And the crunchy garlicky croutons…well, you’ll be eating them off the baking sheet. How to make the best Caesar salad This homemade Caesar salad is absolutely magnificent. From the first bite, you’ll be singing its praises. (Promise.) Here are the ingredients to make an absolutely perfect version of this classic: Homemade croutons: Don’t even think about purchasing a box! Tear the bread into uneven pieces to make fluffy, crunchy orbs. Best Caesar dressing: Our recipe is so good, you won’t want to buy it again. Romaine hearts: We like the romaine hearts, the sweet and crunchy portion of […]

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The very best Caesar salad recipe! This stunner has the perfect balance of creamy homemade dressing, crunchy croutons, and crisp lettuce.

Caesar salad

Some foods are classic for a reason. Like frosty vanilla bean ice cream or hot crispy French fries, this classic salad is basic but truly irresistible. Meet the perfect Caesar salad! Yes, you can buy a packaged storebought version with sub-par dressing and soggy croutons. But make all the components at home and it’s a knock out stunner. We’ve perfected all the elements so that you can make them at home. The savory, creamy dressing will instantly become a household favorite. And the crunchy garlicky croutons…well, you’ll be eating them off the baking sheet.

How to make the best Caesar salad

This homemade Caesar salad is absolutely magnificent. From the first bite, you’ll be singing its praises. (Promise.) Here are the ingredients to make an absolutely perfect version of this classic:

  • Homemade croutons: Don’t even think about purchasing a box! Tear the bread into uneven pieces to make fluffy, crunchy orbs.
  • Best Caesar dressing: Our recipe is so good, you won’t want to buy it again.
  • Romaine hearts: We like the romaine hearts, the sweet and crunchy portion of a head of romaine. These are sold usually in packs of 3 in the grocery. You can also use a large head of romaine lettuce.
  • Parmesan cheese shavings: You need grated for the dressing, so grab yourself a block of the stuff.
Best Caesar salad

Tips for Caesar salad croutons

You’ll start with the croutons for this Caesar salad. All they need is 15 minutes in a hot oven! You can prep the rest of the salad while they bake. Here are our tips for the best homemade croutons:

  • Use great bread: The better the bread, the better the crouton! Use artisan bread, French bread or sourdough bread from the store, or leftover homemade bread.
  • Tear the bread into pieces: Tearing the bread into small pieces makes for crispier croutons with crevices that catch the dressing!
  • Add garlic powder. Our croutons recipe is for garlic croutons, which have the perfect savory flavor.
  • Bake until crispy (about 15 minutes). You’ll use a low temperature, 300 degrees, and bake until just crispy. The croutons crisp up after baking .
Best Caesar salad

The secrets to homemade Caesar dressing

This Caesar dressing recipe is our favorite that we’ve been making for years! It’s a healthy spin on the standard but it tastes just as good. It’s also easily made vegetarian. Here are a few notes on this Caesar dressing:

  • Greek yogurt gives it a healthy spin. Instead of going all mayo and oil, we’ve added a little Greek yogurt too. This keeps it creamy but cuts a few of the calories. We use this philosophy in our Ranch Dressing recipe too.
  • Use anchovy paste, or don’t: it’s optional! Traditional Caesar dressing gets its savory flavor from anchovies, so we’ve used it here. It adds a huge amount of flavor! But this dressing tastes just as good without it. Feel free to make a vegetarian Caesar dressing and it’s just as good.
  • There’s no raw egg. Standard Caesar dressing uses raw egg yolks (like a homemade mayo). But this recipe is so full of flavor, it doesn’t need it.
How to make Caesar salad

Make ahead instructions for Caesar salad

Once you’ve got your creamy dressing and crunchy croutons, all you need is romaine hearts and Parmesan cheese shavings to bring together that perfect Caesar salad. Want a few time savers for putting it together? Here’s how to make it ahead:

  • Make the dressing up to 1 week in advance. Make it and refrigerate up to 1 week: the flavor tastes just as good!
  • Make the croutons 2 days in advance. Make the croutons and let them cool completely. Then store in a sealed container for up to 2 days. The flavor gets gradually staler over time, so the closer to fresh they are, the better.

Variations: make it a main dish!

If you take all this time to make Caesar salad…why not turn it into a main dish meal? If you serve it topped with protein, it makes about 4 servings. Here are a few ideas:

Caesar salad

More variations: grilled, kale, and more

Here are a few more variations on Caesar salad that put a fun spin on this classic salad:

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Vegetarian without anchovy paste. For gluten free, use gluten-free bread for the croutons.

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Caesar salad

Perfect Caesar Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

The very best Caesar salad recipe! This stunner has the perfect balance of creamy homemade dressing, crunchy croutons, and crisp lettuce.


Ingredients

For the Caesar dressing (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Caesar salad

  • 1 recipe Homemade Croutons
  • 3 romaine hearts* (or 1 large head romaine)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shavings

Instructions

  1. For the croutons: Make the Homemade Croutons, but tear the bread into pieces instead of slicing it into cubes.
  2. For the dressing: While the croutons bake, make the dressing. Grate the garlic, or finely mince it. Grate the Parmesan cheese as finely as possible (it’s helpful to use a microplane or the fine holes on a grater). Juice the lemon. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl. Store refrigerated (keeps at least 1 week).
  3. For the salad: Tear the romaine leaves into pieces (or chop them). Top each salad with Parmesan cheese shavings, croutons, and dressing.

Notes

*Romaine hearts are easy to find packaged separately in the produce aisle.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Caesar salad

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This classic Italian salad is your soul mate side dish! It features crisp veggies, crunchy croutons, tangy pepperoncini, and a punchy homemade dressing. Here’s a great salad that’s simply perfection, in our books. Meet this Italian salad! It’s full of all the right flavors and textures: crisp lettuce, crunchy garlic croutons, and zingy pepperoncini. It’s covered in punchy, herby Italian vinaigrette that makes the flavors sing! And shaved Parmesan seals the deal. It can play sidekick to just about anything. It’s no secret: this salad is staunchly Italian-American, not a classic Italian recipe. But that’s what we love about it! What you need for the best Italian salad Perhaps you’ve had a salad like this at an Italian American restaurant (the nostalgia factor is one thing Alex and I love about it). Somehow all the components come together into perfect harmony. Here’s what you need to make the best Italian salad…or really, the best salad: Crisp greens: Use contrasting greens for variety: we like crunchy romaine and bright green butter lettuce. Tomato & red onion: The veggies bring color and crunch. Olives & pepperoncini: This is what brings that classic “Italian salad” vibe: tangy, briny, and zingy flavors. Do not […]

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This classic Italian salad is your soul mate side dish! It features crisp veggies, crunchy croutons, tangy pepperoncini, and a punchy homemade dressing.

Italian salad

Here’s a great salad that’s simply perfection, in our books. Meet this Italian salad! It’s full of all the right flavors and textures: crisp lettuce, crunchy garlic croutons, and zingy pepperoncini. It’s covered in punchy, herby Italian vinaigrette that makes the flavors sing! And shaved Parmesan seals the deal. It can play sidekick to just about anything. It’s no secret: this salad is staunchly Italian-American, not a classic Italian recipe. But that’s what we love about it!

What you need for the best Italian salad

Perhaps you’ve had a salad like this at an Italian American restaurant (the nostalgia factor is one thing Alex and I love about it). Somehow all the components come together into perfect harmony. Here’s what you need to make the best Italian salad…or really, the best salad:

  • Crisp greens: Use contrasting greens for variety: we like crunchy romaine and bright green butter lettuce.
  • Tomato & red onion: The veggies bring color and crunch.
  • Olives & pepperoncini: This is what brings that classic “Italian salad” vibe: tangy, briny, and zingy flavors. Do not omit!
  • Parmesan shavings (optional): Thick slices of Parmesan make a savory counterpoint; they’re easy to omit for a vegan salad.
  • Italian dressing: The dressing brings a punch that only homemade dressing can.
  • Garlic croutons: Crunchy, garlicky and totally worth the time to make!
Italian salad

Tricks for Italian salad dressing

A few tricks for the Italian salad dressing! This dressing is one of our favorites, and it comes together quickly. The only thing you need to know is how to get the perfect emulsion. Emulsion is when the olive oil and vinegar combine into a creamy liquid, versus separating into their separate parts. Here’s what to remember:

  • Use a medium sized bowl. Whisk in too small a bowl, and you won’t be able to get the whisking motion large enough to get an emulsion.
  • Pour the oil in 1 tablespoon at a time. Drizzle in the oil gradually and whisk vigorously before adding more. This makes it combine perfectly!
Italian Dressing Recipe

Why make homemade croutons?

Not everyone has time for homemade croutons. But they only take a few minutes of hands on time, and take this Italian salad to the next level! It’s a great way to use up bread that’s starting to get stale. All you’ll need is 15 minutes to bake (and the oven preheat time). The garlic flavor and the massive crunch is absolutely worth the time. Another reason to make homemade? They have no preservatives, and they don’t overdo it on the salt.

You can also make the croutons in advance. Just store them in a sealed container at room temperature until serving. They last for about 1 week, but are best when fresh. You can absolutely omit for a gluten-free salad and it still tastes great.

Italian salad

Ways to serve Italian salad

This Italian salad is perfect with Mediterranean or Italian-style foods like pizza and pasta. You can even make it into a main dish! Here’s what we recommend:

This Italian salad recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the Parmesan cheese. For gluten-free, omit the croutons.

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Italian salad

Perfect Italian Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This classic Italian salad is your soul mate side dish! It features crisp veggies, crunchy croutons, tangy pepperoncini, and a punchy homemade dressing.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe Homemade Croutons (or use purchased or omit for gluten-free)
  • 1 recipe Homemade Italian Dressing
  • 1 Romaine heart (3 cups)
  • 5 cups butter lettuce
  • 1 handful sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives (or halved olives)
  • 1/2 cup jarred sliced pepperoncini
  • 1/4 cup large Parmesan shavings (omit for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Make the homemade croutons (or make them in advance). 
  2. Make the Italian dressing.
  3. Chop romaine and lettuce. Thinly slice the red onion. Slice the tomatoes in half. 
  4. Place the greens in bowls, then top with the vegetables, olives, pepperoncini, Parmesan shavings, and croutons, then drizzle with dressing. Or, you can place them all together in a large serving bowl and toss with the dressing. (If making in advance, refrigerate the components separately and keep the croutons at room temperature. Bring the dressing to room temperature before serving.)

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Italian American

Keywords: Italian salad

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Roasted Salmon Salad with Hot Ginger Vinaigrette.

You’re about to fall in love with this hot ginger salmon salad!  Oh yes yes yes. It’s the flakiest, butteriest, most flavorful salmon on top of greens that are drizzled with hot ginger dressing. Hot.ginger.dressing. Say it again! I have loved hot bacon dressing for as long as I can remember. And it’s not JUST […]

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You’re about to fall in love with this hot ginger salmon salad! 

This ginger salmon salad has the flaky, flavorful roasted salmon on top of kale and romaine, drizzled with warm ginger vinaigrette.

Oh yes yes yes. It’s the flakiest, butteriest, most flavorful salmon on top of greens that are drizzled with hot ginger dressing.

Hot.ginger.dressing. Say it again!

hot ginger dressing

I have loved hot bacon dressing for as long as I can remember. And it’s not JUST because of the bacon. I mean, but it sort of is.

This has been said on the blog ten million times, but my grandma loved (and my mom loves!) hot bacon dressing more than just about anything. There were a few places  where they would only order the spinach salad with hot bacon dressing. And it’s one of the first salads I ever fell in love with. One of the only salads I would actually eat as a kid. 

Shocking.

best roasted salmon

Sometimes I just don’t want to cook bacon. (I know, tell that to me 2011 self, OMG.)

Other times, I don’t have bacon. Like now! 

I realize that this isn’t the same thing. After all, the bacon fat in the dressing is where alllll the goodness comes in. And we don’t really have that here, exactly, but the warm ginger and garlic? Oh my gosh. It is so, so good on this salad! 

hot ginger dressing

The salad is really simple. Well, it is and it isn’t. You need to cook the salmon AND the dressing, but neither take a long time. The greens are coated in the warm dressing and I could probably eat the greens and dressing alone. The salmon and almonds gives it some bulk so it’s an actual meal. Oh and texture and crunch! 

Of course.

This ginger salmon salad has the flaky, flavorful roasted salmon on top of kale and romaine, drizzled with warm ginger vinaigrette.

As for the salmon – I absolutely LOVE the spice mix on this one. A little smoky and sweet. It goes with everything! And it’s just so flavorful, yet at the same time allows the salmon to shine. It creates a nice crust on the fish and allows you to keep the salad simple.

I mean, it’s SO simple. In fact, we’re doing romaine, kale, toasted almonds and roasted salmon. Then drizzled with the hot ginger dressing.

Easy as pie. (I wish I had pie.)

best roasted salmon

It’s simple enough that you can add in anything else you have in the fridge. I think some blanched green beans would be delish in here. Or even snap peas. Make it a clean out the fridge meal if you want. 

This ginger salmon salad has the flaky, flavorful roasted salmon on top of kale and romaine, drizzled with warm ginger vinaigrette.

The salmon is great cold too, meaning this is awesome for leftovers! You can easily reheat the dressing. However, it’s fine cold from the fridge too. And since it doesn’t have the bacon fat, it won’t be solid. 

This ginger salmon salad has the flaky, flavorful roasted salmon on top of kale and romaine, drizzled with warm ginger vinaigrette.

Now that looks like a SALAD.

This ginger salmon salad has the flaky, flavorful roasted salmon on top of kale and romaine, drizzled with warm ginger vinaigrette.

This is a delish dinner, a great lunch idea, perfect for this warmer months and an overall light option if you’re just not super hungry. You could pair it with something else or serve it alone. And my favorite idea: bundle the entire salad up in a wrap! I love meals like that.

This ginger salmon salad has the flaky, flavorful roasted salmon on top of kale and romaine, drizzled with warm ginger vinaigrette.

It’s the best.

hot ginger dressing

Hot Ginger Salmon Salad

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Salmon Salad with Warm Vinaigrette

This ginger salmon salad has the flaky, flavorful roasted salmon on top of kale and romaine, drizzled with warm ginger vinaigrette.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • cup roasted, salted almonds, chopped

hot ginger dressing

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons red wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the salmon on a baking sheet. Stir together the brown sugar, salt, paprika, coriander, garlic powder and pepper. Rub the spice mix all over the top of the salmon.
  • Roast the salmon for 12 to 15 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork and is opaque.
  • While the salmon is roasting, place the kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with the 1 teaspoon of olive oil and massage the kale. This helps break it down and it will be less bitter. Let it sit for 10 minutes while you make the hot ginger dressing.
  • To assemble the salad, toss the romaine lettuce in with the kale. Drizzle the greens with the dressing and toss. Add the salmon and almonds on top. Serve!

hot ginger dressing

  • Heat a saucepan over medium-low heat and add the sesame oil. Stir in the shallot with a pinch of salt and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the ginger and garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Reduce the heat to low. Whisk in the vinegar, honey and soy sauce. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.
  • This dressing can be refrigerated and used warm or cold! To reheat, just heat in a skillet for 1 to 2 minutes until warm.

This ginger salmon salad has the flaky, flavorful roasted salmon on top of kale and romaine, drizzled with warm ginger vinaigrette.

I could probably drink that dressing.

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Fattoush Salad

This fattoush salad recipe is made with a delicious blend of fresh greens, veggies and herbs, crispy toasted pita chips, and a bright and zippy lemon dressing. Anyone else interested in a big bowl of fresh greens and veggies right now? Let’s make some fattoush salad! ♡ This classic Middle Eastern salad is one of […]

This fattoush salad recipe is made with a delicious blend of fresh greens, veggies and herbs, crispy toasted pita chips, and a bright and zippy lemon dressing.

Fattoush Salad

Anyone else interested in a big bowl of fresh greens and veggies right now?

Let’s make some fattoush salad! ♡

This classic Middle Eastern salad is one of my all-time faves and always tastes especially delicious this time of year, now that fresh greens, herbs and veggies are starting to come back in season.

While traditional Fattoush salad recipes vary from country to country in the Middle Easter, the signature ingredient here is always the same — leftover pita scraps (or fatteh, which means “crumbs” in Arabic), which are toasted or fried to give this salad its extra-delicious heartiness and crunch.  Fattoush is also meant to be a clean-out-the-crisper-drawer sort of situation, typically featuring a base of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, plus any extra veggies that you may have on hand.  It’s typically tossed with a simple lemon dressing and tons of fresh mint, whose flavors brighten up this salad beautifully.  And finally, it is sprinkled with lots of ground sumac — the traditional red, citrusy, tangy spice that absolutely makes this salad for me.

To me, this fattoush salad recipe tastes like absolute springtime, which is exactly what I’ve been craving lately.  So if you’re also ready for a refreshing dose of greens in your life, clean out that crisper drawer and let’s make some fattoush!

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