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Caesar Salad is a traditional staple in American cuisine. I made this classic totally keto-friendly in this Keto Chicken Caesar Salad recipe. This salad is special because of the homemade Creamy Caesar Dressing that is drizzled over the top. The dressing is made in the blender and comes together in a snap! Overall, this dish requires very little prep, so it is perfect for the family on-the-go and busy folks!
Is Caesar Salad Keto?
Traditionally, Caesar salad contains lettuce, cheese, croutons, and caesar dressing in the dish’s simplest form. Croutons are not keto-friendly because they are made of bread. But, they are necessary for providing a crunchy texture. So, as an alternative, I’m using cheese crisps in place of croutons.
Crouton Options for Keto Chicken Caesar Salad
Here are some keto crouton options that I enjoy:
- Cheese Crisps – this brand has a wide range of flavors like Bacon BBQ
- Keto Protein Puffs (Ranch)
- Cheese Crisps – this brand is just Parmesan
Time Saving & General Tips
Using rotisserie chicken from the market helps save a lot of time when preparing this low carb caesar salad. This way, the chicken is ready to go when you need it.
If you are cooking your own chicken, allow it to rest and cool before slicing and adding it to the salad. Using hot chicken will wilt the lettuce.
You can also buy pre-washed and cut lettuce at the store, saving you time on rinsing, drying, and slicing. If you are washing your own lettuce, I recommend using a salad spinner to make sure the lettuce is dry and to prevent a soggy salad.
Meal Prep Tips
I love using this salad recipe for meal prepping. Just be sure to store the dressing and cheese crisps separately to avoid having soggy crisps and overdressed, wilted lettuce. Add both elements to your salad when you are ready to eat.
Caesar Salad Variations: Proteins Besides Rotisserie Chicken
I included rotisserie chicken to make this a super easy option. But, if you have time, here are some of my other favorite proteins for this salad:
- 4-Spice Chicken Breast
- Air Fryer Salmon Filet
- Boneless New York Strip Steak
- Cast Iron Whole30 Shrimp
- Grilled Chicken Kabobs
- Pan-seared Halibut
- Pan-seared Scallops
- Air Fryer Pork Chops
Keto Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe
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- 2 cups Romaine Lettuce, washed, dried and cut to bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup Chicken breasts, use four-spice chicken breast recipe or a rotisserie chicken
- ¼ cup Cheese Crisps, or another crouton alternative mentioned above
- ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded or shaved
- Creamy Caesar Dressing, click for recipe
- Black pepper to taste
- When you are ready to eat, place the lettuce in a large bowl or on a plate
- Top with the chicken breast and other toppings
- Add caesar dressing to taste
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!