This flavourful keto Caesar salad recipe with crunchy croutons and moist chicken breast is a tasty, satisfying meal. It’s easy to prep in advance, which means you can have dinner ready in minutes.
I have been a huge fan of Caesar salad for years. The flavors and textures work just so well together. The crisp Romaine and crunchy garlic croutons paired with the tender chicken and parmesan shavings are a mouthwatering pairing.
And then you’ve got the incredible dressing that pulls it all together – simply miles better than just a simple mayonnaise.
I’ll be honest with you – I could eat Caesar salad every week! And after you try this recipe, I think you’ll feel the same.
By the way, my kids agree with me. And they are not even following a Keto Diet.
Why you’ll love it
- It’s easy to make ahead. You prep all ingredients and when you’re ready to eat, simply toss everything together.
- Chicken Caesar is a high protein meal. It also contains plenty of healthy fats, which makes it satisfying and filling.
- It is 100% keto friendly with only 5g net carbs per portion.
- The taste! Simply out of this world good.
Carbs in Caesar salad
Actually, traditional Caesar salads are not low carb at all. This is mainly because of the croutons. The Pizza Express Grand chicken Caesar salad, for example, contains 68g of net carbs.
And despite the fact that Caesar sauce is better for keto than sweet salad dressings, even that can sometimes contain hidden sugars.
However, this chicken Caesar salad recipe is 100 percent keto friendly. This is because I am using my easy homemade low carb croutons and the best ever homemade Keto Caesar dressing.
Like I mentioned above, one generous portion contains only 5g net carbs.
Here are the ingredients you need to make this recipe.
- Grilled chicken breast – The protein turns the salad into a satisfying meal.
- Romaine lettuce – Crunchy and delicious, this is the classic Caesar salad lettuce.
- Shaved parmesan cheese – Adds a cheesy twist to the recipe.
- Keto croutons – Absolutely essential for a good Caesar salad! You’d never guess these quick homemade croutons are low in carbs.
- Homemade Keto Caesar salad dressing – A really good creamy dressing is the key to this salad. And like I said before, this is the BEST Caesar dressing ever. Don’t leave out the anchovies. They are essential for that authentic Caesar flavour.
How to make a keto Caesar salad
(This section contains step by step instructions and photos that show how to make this recipe. Find the recipe card with ingredient amounts and nutritional information at the bottom of the post.)
- First, prepare the keto croutons. Once they are out of the oven, let them cool to room temperature.
2. Next, make the low carb caesar dressing. (If you are feeling squeamish about the anchovy fillets, use anchovy paste instead).
Keep the dressing in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
3. Now, season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. If the breasts are thick, bash them with the end of a rolling pin to flatten the fat end. This will enable them to cook quicker and evenly.
Drizzle the chicken breasts in 1 tbsp olive oil. Heat a griddle pan or frying pan with the rest of the olive oil. Fry for 4 – 5 minutes per side until they are cooked through. Don’t move them around while they are cooking.
4. In a bowl, toss the lettuce in the dressing. Slice chicken breasts and toss or slice on top with grated parmesan cheese and croutons. Option to finish with a sprinkling of cracked black pepper.
Here are a few ideas how you can change up your Keto Caesar Salad.
Cherry tomatoes – For a bit of colour.
Chopped cucumbers .- Add extra crunch
Chopped avocado – Great for when you’re hungry.
Hard boiled egg – Adds an additional protein boost.
Any other type of lettuce – If you can’t get hold of Romaine, simply use iceberg, gem lettuce or even arugula.
Rotisserie chicken or shredded chicken leftovers – To save time on busy days.
Crispy bacon -No explanation needed!
Parmesan crisps: This is another way to add crunch instead of the croutons. Here’s a quick recipe for parmesan or cheddar crisps:
- Grease a baking sheet and add small heaps of grated parmesan or cheddar onto the sheet.
- Place under the grill or broiler and bake until melted and crisp.
- Let cool, then remove from the sheet.
Low carb chips: My 2 ingredient low carb chips contain cheddar cheese and pork rinds. They would also make a good alternative to the croutons.
Can you make Caesar salad ahead?
Yes, this recipe is great for meal prep. You can make the croutons, mix the dressing and grill the chicken in advance. You can even prepare the parmesan shavings and store them in a closed container in the fridge.
When you are ready to eat, simply chop the Romaine lettuce and assemble the low carb Caesar salad.
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Easy Homemade Keto Caesar Salad Recipe
The ultimate Keto Caesar salad! Crisp romaine lettuce, tender strips of chicken breast, crunchy low carb croutons and shaved parmesan, all mixed together with a tasty homemade Caesar dressing. I could eat this every day.
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Prepare the low carb caesar dressing as per my recipe.
Prepare the croutons as per my recipe.
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. If the breasts are thick, bash them first with the end of a rolling pin to flatten the fat end. This will enable them to cook quicker and evenly.
Drizzle the chicken in 1 tbsp olive oil. Heat a griddle pan or frying pan with the rest of the olive oil. Fry the chicken breasts for 4 – 5 minutes per side until cooked through. Don’t move during cooking. Rest on a chopping board whilst you assemble the salad.
Toss the dressing through the lettuce. Slice the chicken breasts and toss or slice on top with shaved parmesan and croutons. Option to finish with a sprinkling of cracked black pepper.
The chicken, croutons and dressing can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge. Simply toss together with the salad and parmesan shavings when ready to serve.
Calories: 730kcalTotal Carbohydrates: 10.3gProtein: 62.3gFat: 49.1gSaturated Fat: 9.3gFiber: 5.3gSugar: 3.2g
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