Grilled Chicken Caesar salad is a perfect meal for summer. When it’s hot outside, the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove. That means we grill. Frequently, we will grill enough food to last for several days, so all we have to do is reheat the meat and serve up the sides which I will admit are mostly cold salads this time of year. Baker’s Man is a huge fan of Caesar Salad, and I have even made a shrimp Caesar salad using a bagged salad mix in the past, and that’s certainly an option if you can find the bagged salad mix on sale for a good price, but it’s not the most frugal option. It’s better to chop you own lettuce if you want to save money.
There is one exception for that statement. If you’re overwhelmed with the idea of chopping lettuce, and you’d rather go out and buy a salad, then by all means purchase the salad mix. It will save you money in the long run. Pre-chopped bagged salads are much cheaper than a restaurant take-out salad.
Even a small grilled chicken salad from a fast food place will cost at least $5.00 in our area. If you’re looking at a larger meal sized salad from a sit down restaurant, then you will pay about $10.00. If you’re buying dinner for a family of 4, you’re going to spend between twenty and forty dollars. That’s a lot more money than you’ll spend to make the salad at home even if you’re paying a higher price to purchase the pre-packaged salad mix. Lets take a look at all of the ingredient’s needed to prepare Grilled Chicken Caesar Salads for four at home. Then let’s look at the price for each individual ingredient.Jump to Recipe
What will you need to prepare a grilled chicken Caesar salad?
From the Pantry
- Caesar Salad
- Black Pepper
From the Refrigerator
- Romaine Lettuce
- Parmesan Cheese
The ingredients and their cost
Let’s take a look at the total cost for four salads that are a little heavier on the meat than I would ordinarily use. In our house we use a quarter of a pound of meat per serving, and this is plenty, but for the sake of this experiment, I am using 1/2 pound of grilled chicken per salad.
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (or Thighs)
You will need boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs. At my local market, these were on sale for $1.99 per pound. I bought a package with a little more than three pounds for $6.21. I only used two pounds of this for these salads and placed the remaining pound into the freezer for later use. That put my cost for chicken for these salads at $3.98.
There was no organic romaine lettuce available at my local grocery store, so I had to settle for a package of three regular romaine hearts for $1.98. In order to get the 8 cups of romaine lettuce that we needed for the salads, I chopped up two of the hearts. This brought my cost for the lettuce used in these salads to $1.33
Caesar Salad Dressing
To make this salad simple to prepare, I purchased my favorite brand of Caesar salad dressing. If you prefer, you can mix up your own, homemade Caesar dressing. I
was feeling lazy prefer to simplify meal preparation as much as possible on weeknights. I’m not sure exactly how much of this we used, but it close to half, so I am saying that the cost for salad dressing was $1.14.
Parmesan Cheese is one of the two non dressing ingredients that are requisite in a Caesar salad. You can choose grated or shredded. I prefer the more visible pieces of cheese in my salad. I used about 1/4 cup of cheese per salad, so the cheese used in my salad cost $1.49.
I didn’t actually buy these croutons because I already had garlic flavored croutons at home, but as you can see, a bag of croutons cost $2.48. The garlic croutons I had at home were the same sized bag from the same company, and we used about two-thirds of the bag among the four salads. That puts the cost for croutons used in this salad at $1.67. If you prefer, you can always make your own croutons at home.
The cost for all of the ingredients used to prepare grilled chicken Caesar salad
Romaine Lettuce: $1.33
Caesar Salad Dressing: $1.14
Parmesan Cheese: $1.49
Total Cost for four Grilled Chicken Caesar Salads: $9.61
You can feed four adults for less than the cost of one restaurant Caesar Salad.
That’s a pretty good deal, right? Even if I had purchased organic lettuce, the price would have only been a couple dollars more for four adult sized dinner salads.
Give our recipe for Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below. Do you like salads topped with grilled meat for dinner during the summer?
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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs if you prefer) ($3.98)
- 2 hearts of romaine chopped into bite sized pieces ($1.33)
- 1 cup Caesar dressing ($1.14)
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese ($1.49)
- 1 cup prepared croutons ($1.67)
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
- Cut chicken breasts into thinner pieces if they're very thick then season liberally as desired. We like salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Grill chicken, or pan fry until done. Set aside.
- Place chopped romaine lettuced and the Caesar dressing into a bowl.
- Toss lettuce with dressing until well coated.
- Divide lettuce evenly among 4 serving plates.
- Sprinkle the top of the dressed lettuce on each plate with ¼ cup parmesan cheese.
- Cut chicken into strips, or bite sized pieces, and diistribute evenly on top of the cheese topped salad.
- Sprinkle 1/4 cup of croutons over top of the salad.
- Season with freshly ground pepper to taste.
- Serve. (This is delicious served with hot rolls or a piece of garlic toast.)
Nutrition information is calculated for one serving (one-fourth) of the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad recipe prepared according to the recipe above.
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