Recipe: Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad

Everybody loves a Caesar salad, and this version with roasted rotisserie chicken and pan-friend sourdough croutons makes a delightful meal out of a few classic ingredients. The easy dressing is a cheat’s version using store-bought mayonnaise – it will save you more than a little effort, but with huge added flavour.

This recipe serves 4 people and is best enjoyed with Spier Creative Block 2.

Roasted chicken Caesar salad with asparagus, anchovies and sourdough croutons

For the dressing: 

1 clove garlic, finely grated
1 anchovy fillet, finely chopped then “pulped” with the side of a knife blade
30 ml fresh lemon juice
5 ml Dijon mustard
5 ml Worcester sauce
1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese (plus more for serving, optionally)
Salt & black pepper, to taste

Place all the ingredients in a jug or mixing bowl, then whisk by hand to mix thoroughly. Set aside.

For the salad:

1 bunch baby gem lettuce leaves, rinsed & drained
1 medium-size roasted rotisserie chicken, deboned and sliced (mostly breasts & thighs, keep the rest for another meal or making stock)
1 small bunch asparagus, blanched for 1 minute in water & drained
8-12 anchovy fillets
1-2 cups diced sourdough bread, pan-fried in a little olive oil until golden

On a large platter or on individual plates, arrange the leaves, chicken, asparagus, anchovies and croutons. Drizzle all over with some dressing and top with a grinding of salt & black pepper (and optionally, more parmesan). 

About Spier Creative Block 2

Gooseberries, limes and white peaches reveal the tropical character of this wine, while underlying notes of fynbos and a touch of white asparagus deliver serious depth. The palate is young and tropical, leading to a long, mineral tail that is tight and structured.

The wine retails for R110.00 a bottle and is available from the Spier Wine Farm Shop or at leading liquor outlets nationwide. 

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