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This post is sponsored by Dometic Twin Eagles Grills, a year long partner of Heartbeet Kitchen. We have their 36 inch grill top with infrared rotisserie, on a portable base. Their meticulously engineered grills are as beautiful as they are high performance.
This homemade grilled chicken caesar salad is a level above those you might order at a restaurant. Set apart with juicy, grilled chicken thighs AND grilled sourdough bread that’s torn into croutons, atop crunchy romaine lettuce, creamy avocado, tomatoes, and cucumber. (You could take it even one step further and grill the lettuce!)
It’s refreshing and substantial at the same time, making it a great main dish salad on a warm summer night. I absolutely love all the textures and flavors; creamy, crunchy, juicy, salty, smoky, cheesy, and even a little sweetness from the cherry tomatoes.
And if you haven’t tried grilling sourdough bread, you’re in for a real treat. The charred edges bring deeper, caramelized flavor into the slices that makes such a difference in this salad.
Most chicken caesar salads are made with chicken breasts, but this one is made with chicken thighs, where the real flavor and juiciness is! They’re incredibly versatile and easier to cook because they have a bit more fat than chicken breasts, which means they won’t dry out. Another bonus: they cook within 8 minutes on the grill because they’re not as thick as chicken breasts.
Our Dometic Twin Eagles Outdoor Gas Grill has a free-standing base which means that we’re currently building it into our outdoor kitchen. Twin Eagles is the expert in artful grilling design, high performance cooking, and very innovative kitchen solutions.
This grill has 25,000 BTU burners, so it heats up incredibly fast, getting dinner to the table faster, too. A fresh salad like this can be ready in less than 20 minutes! Some of the other great features include:
And best of all, it has interior lights with hood-activated light switch for nighttime grilling, which we’ve fully embraced.
Boneless chicken thighs cook on the grill very quickly! About 4 minutes on each side, and they’re done.
Because they are skinless, it’s very important to let them cook undisturbed, without trying to flip before they’re ready or the meat will stick to the grill.
To avoid the meat sticking, you are going to preheat your grill to medium high heat so that the sear happens quickly. Take your tongs and grab a hold of one of the thighs and if they don’t want to let go of the grates, let them cook for another minute and then try again.
Over the years I’ve played around with several caesar dressing recipes, and I’ve come to the conclusion that you don’t the base to be made from egg yolks for it to be absolutely delicious.
Instead, I use high quality mayonnaise like Sir Kensington’s and then straight-forward ingredients that pack a lot of flavor like Worcestershire sauce, garlic, parmesan cheese, and anchovy paste. Everything is simply whisked in a bowl and that’s it!
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For the dressing, 1/4 cup of parmesan is listed twice. Is this correct? Thanks!
Hi Carolyn! The extra 1/4 cup should be added to top of salad. I moved it into the right spot in ingredients. Thanks for catching!
This is the best salad! Super easy to make. I used this as meal prep for lunch all week. I love the homemade croutons. Delicious!
So glad you enjoy it, Nicole!
This is by far the most delicious salad dressing I’ve ever made!!!! Do yourself a favor and mix some up immediately!
Yay! So glad you liked it. We have a jar of it on hand almost every week!