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TIP OF THE DAY: Chicken Caesar Salad Alternative

The Chicken Caesar is one of America’s most popular salads: grilled chicken and romaine topped with an olive oil dressing and grated Parmesan cheese.

Chicken and cheese are a delightful combination. So here’s a different spin on the classic Caesar: Switch out the Parmesan for another flavorful cheese.

The idea comes from Landana, which makes a delicious Olives & Tomatoes Gouda cheese. The Gouda is flecked with sun-ripened tomatoes and mild olives, Mediterranean flavors that are delicious with chicken.

You can also use blue cheese, pepper jack and flavored Cheddars like those from Cabot Cheese (Chipotle, Garlic Herb, Hand Rubbed Tuscan, Horseradish, Hot Buffalo Wing, Hot Habanero, Smoky Bacon and Tomato Basil, plus Jalapeño Light and Pepper Jack Light).


Preparation time: 20 min minutes
Servings: 4


For a change, switch out the Parmesan in a Chicken Caesar Salad. Photo courtesy Landana Cheese.


In addition to changing cheees, this recipe adds grapes and nuts/seeds.

  • 5.3 ounces (150 g) Landana Olives & Tomatoes cheese or other flavor-packed semihard cheese, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 12 ounces (200 g) grilled chicken breast
  • 7 ounces (200 g) seedless grapes, halved
  • 5 ounces (150 g) nuts and seeds (for example, chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts), toasted
  • 2.6 ounces (75 g) romaine, butter lettuce or mixed lettuces, cleaned and torn into bite size pieces
    For The Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

    1. GRILL. Cut the chicken breasts into strips and grill in a grill pan.

    2. TOAST. Toast the nut mixture briefly (how to toast nuts).

    3. MIX. Mix the dressing ingredients.

    4. COMBINE. Combine the lettuce, chicken, cheese, grapes and nuts into a serving bowl. Toss with the dressing.

    The Caesar Salad was named after the restaurateur who created it. What would you call this salad?

    Serving Suggestions

    BREAD. This salad is delicious with fresh Italian ciabatta bread and (homemade) tapenade.

    WINE. Serve this salad with a refreshing rosé or a crisp white wine.


    Here’s the true story about the origin of the Caesar Salad, and the original Caesar Salad recipe.


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