Baja-Asian Caesar Salad

Take classic Caesar salad to the next level with avocado, jalapeno chile peppers, and queso anejo. The perfect fresh addition to Mexican night, this Caesar salad recipe is one you'll want to keep handy.

Baja-Asian Caesar Salad
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
12 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce or soy sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 hard-cooked egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • ¼ cup finely chopped lemongrass

  • ½ of a fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and chopped*

  • 10 cup chopped romaine lettuce

  • 2 cup chopped smoked or cooked chicken breast

  • 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes

  • 1 medium avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped (optional)

  • cup sliced green onions

  • ¼ cup grated queso añejo or Parmesan cheese

  • 1 recipe Croutons or 3 cups purchased croutons

  • Freshly ground black pepper

Croutons

  • 4 0.75 inch thick slices Italian or French bread

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoon grated Queso Añejo cheese or Parmesan cheese

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Directions

  1. For dressing, in a blender or food processor combine vinegar, fish sauce, and garlic. Cover and blend until nearly smooth. Add oil, cooked egg yolk, and mustard. Cover and blend until smooth. Stir in lemongrass and jalapeño pepper. If desired, cover and chill up to 24 hours.

  2. Place lettuce in a large salad bowl. Add dressing; toss to coat. Add next five ingredients (through cheese); toss to combine. Top with Croutons and sprinkle with black pepper.

Croutons

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes (you should have about 3 1/2 cups); set aside. In a small saucepan melt butter. Remove from heat. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in cheese and garlic. Add bread cubes, stirring until cubes are coated with butter mixture. Spread bread cubes in a single layer in a shallow baking pan or on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes; stir. Bake about 10 minutes more or until bread cubes are golden. Croutons will get more crisp as they cool. Cool completely; store in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.

*

Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

365 Calories
23g Fat
19g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 365
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 612mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 10.6mg 53%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 2.8mg 16%
Potassium 484mg 10%
Folate, total 154.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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