Although sometimes, a salad is just what you fancy; they’re a quick and easy way to prepare and enjoy fresh, healthy ingredients. Salads don’t have to be just lettuce, tomato and cucumber – there’s a whole world of unique flavours and dressings you can use with a variety of great ingredients ranging from roasted vegetables to fresh fruit to couscous to olives. If you aren’t sure what you can use while following an OPTIFAST weight loss plan, you can’t go wrong with a classic Caesar salad.
A Caesar salad is a solid choice for many of us. With crisp lettuce, crunchy croutons, juicy grilled chicken and shavings of parmesan cheese, it makes a tasty main course with no need for any extra protein or carbs on your plate.
Simply by using low-fat dressing, grilled chicken and making your own croutons, you can lower the calorie count of your Caesar salad to stay on track to your weight loss goals.
Start by removing any skin from the chicken breast. Place the chicken on a baking tray and chargrill over high heat for about 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.
While the chicken is cooking, wash the lettuce leaves and blot dry with a kitchen towel. Then, roughly chop and place into a large bowl.
Next, wash and shell the fresh peas, peel and grate the carrot, and slice the cucumber, and add them to the bowl of lettuce.
Toast the bread and cut into small squares to create your croutons.
Once the chicken is cooked, cut into thin slices and place it in the bowl along with the lettuce, peas, carrot and cucumber slices.
Lastly, add the croutons and grated parmesan cheese to the bowl and gently toss to mix everything together.
Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and drizzle over the Caesar dressing.
Allergens: contains wheat, milk. Caesar salad dressing may contain mustard, fish, egg, depending on the recipe.
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