Annabel Karmel’s chicken caesar salad

A classic crunchy salad that makes a great lunchbox idea


For the chicken salad…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 slice of thick white bread, crusts trimmed and cut into smalled cubes
  • 1 chicken breast, cooked
  • 1 baby gem lettuce
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan shavings

For the dressing…

  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Half a small clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp Dijon mustard
  • A few drops Tabasco sauce (optional)


  • Step 1

    Heat the olive oil in a small non-stick frying pan and add the cubes of bread. Fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Remove the croutons with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

  • Step 2

    In a bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients. Mix together the chicken and lettuce and toss with the caesar dressing.

  • Step 3

    Pack the shaved Parmesan and the croutons in a separate plastic container for your child to scatter over the salad at lunchtime.

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