Lemon Chicken Caesar Salad with Cottage Cheese

You’ll love my healthier Lemon Chicken Caesar Salad with Cottage Cheese with parmesan cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, fresh lemon juice and zest, dijon mustard, and garlic. Then, it’s tossed with fresh romaine, mini cucumbers, parmesan cheese, and gluten-free croutons, and topped with my juicy Pan-Seared Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken Breasts.

Lemon garlic chicken caesar salad on a platter.

You’ll love my healthier Lemon Chicken Caesar Salad with Cottage Cheese based on a classic caesar dressing. It’s an easy homemade dressing with clean and classic ingredients, including cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, fresh lemon juice and zest, dijon mustard, and garlic.

This is the perfect homemade salad dressing recipe if you’re not a fan of anchovies or raw eggs. It’s tossed with fresh romaine, mini cucumbers, parmesan cheese, and gluten-free croutons, then topped with my Pan-Seared Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken Breasts that are golden brown on the outside and juicy and moist on the inside.

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Why You’ll Love This Caesar Salad Dressing with Lemon Chicken Recipe

  • You only need a few major ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Lemon caesar salad dressing in a jar.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Romain Lettuce: You can use spinach, kale, green leafy lettuce, or any other leafy green. 

Shredded Parmesan Cheese: Grated pecorino romano, asiago parmigiano reggiano cheese, or any grated cheese can be used as an alternative to shredded Parmesan.

Lemon Chicken Breasts: For best results, make my Pan-Seared Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken with boneless skinless chicken breast. You can also broil chicken or use any leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or chicken thighs.

Cottage Cheese: You can substitute with Greek yogurt, cream cheese, or mayonnaise as creamy alternatives.

Light Olive Oil: Avocado oil or grapeseed oil can be used as alternatives.

Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives the best lemon flavor. But you can also storebought lemon juice.

Dijon Mustard: You can omit or use yellow mustard or mustard powder instead.

Garlic Powder: Fresh garlic cloves can be used instead of garlic powder.

Milk: You can use any milk, including almond milk, regular dairy milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.

Mini Cucumbers: These are optional or can be replaced with regular cucumbers.

Pumpkin Seeds: You can omit or replace them with sunflower seeds, pine nuts or chopped almonds for added crunch.

Crunchy Croutons (Gluten-Free): You can omit or use homemade croutons, gluten-free crackers, bread cubes, garlicky croutons or parmesan crisps.

Lemon garlic chicken caesar salad on a platter.

How to Make My Lemon Chicken Caesar Salad

Step 1: Make the Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken

Make my Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken, or use your favorite chicken. You can also omit the chicken.

Step 2: Make the Salad Dressing

In a blender, food processor, or the chopper cup with an immersion blender, combine parmesan cheese, cottage cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Blend until the dressing is smooth and well combined. Adjust the consistency by adding more milk if needed.

Adding lemon caesar salad dressing ingredients to a chopper cup.
Blended salad dressing in a chopper cup.

Step 3: Assemble the Salad

In a large salad bowl, add the chopped romaine lettuce. Pour the desired amount of salad dressing over the lettuce and toss with tongs until the lettuce is well coated.

Add the sliced mini cucumbers, croutons, shredded parmesan cheese, chopped lemon chicken breasts, and pumpkin seeds.

Serve immediately, and enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal!

Adding chicken to the top of lemon caesar salad.
Lemon garlic chicken caesar salad on a platter.

Lemon Caesar Salad with Chicken Recipe Notes

Dressing Consistency: Add more milk for a thinner dressing

Additional Seasoning: Taste the dressing and adjust the salt and seasonings as needed. You can also add fresh lemon zest or an additional tablespoon of lemon juice to increase the lemon flavor.

Dressing Storage: This recipe makes about 1-1/2 cups of lemon caesar dressing. One serving is 1-2 tablespoons, so you will have plenty of dressing to store in the fridge. You can cut the recipe in half if you prefer less leftover.

Separate Components: If possible, store the basic components separately. Keep the chopped romaine lettuce, sliced mini cucumbers, croutons, shredded Parmesan cheese, chopped lemon chicken breasts, and pumpkin seeds in airtight containers.

Dressing in a Sealed Container: Store the Parmesan Garlic Caesar Salad Dressing in a sealed container separately from the salad components. This helps to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.

Refrigerate: Place all the components, including the dressing, in the refrigerator. Ensure that the storage containers are airtight to maintain freshness.

Use within 1-2 Days: For the best quality and taste, consume the stored salad components and dressing within 1-2 days. The freshness of the ingredients may decrease over time.

Prevent Wilting: If storing the assembled salad, consider placing a paper towel in the container to absorb excess moisture and help prevent the romaine lettuce from wilting.

Can I use a different chicken recipe?
Yes, you can use your favorite chicken recipe or store-bought chicken to serve with this favorite caesar salad.

Can I make this kale caesar salad ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the chicken and the salad dressing ahead. You can prep the ingredients and have them stored in the fridge. Then, bring them all together when you’re ready to serve it.

What else can I add this best caesar salad dressing to?
This dressing tastes delicious with chicken caesar wraps. You could include a whole wheat tortilla, romaine leaves, crispy bacon, and warm chicken.

What can I use instead of cottage cheese?
You can swap out the cottage cheese for sour cream, mayonnaise or greek yogurt. You can also use a combination of these ingredients.

Lemon garlic chicken caesar salad on a platter.

Lemon Chicken Caesar Salad with Cottage Cheese

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
You'll love my healthier Lemon Chicken Caesar Salad with Cottage Cheese with parmesan cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, fresh lemon juice and zest, dijon mustard, and garlic. Then, it's tossed with fresh romaine, mini cucumbers, parmesan cheese, and gluten-free croutons, and topped with my juicy Pan-Seared Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken Breasts.
5 from 7 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups romain lettuce (chopped)
  • 2 mini cucumbers (optional)
  • 1 cup croutons (gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese (or shredded)
  • 2 cups lemon chicken breasts (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (optional)

Parmesan Garlic Ceasar Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese (blended)
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce (gluten-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup milk (almond milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper

Instructions
 

  • Make my Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken, or use your favorite chicken. You can also omit the chicken.
  • In a blender, food processor, or the chopper cup with an immersion blender, combine parmesan cheese, cottage cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    Blend until the dressing is smooth and well combined. Adjust the consistency by adding more milk if needed.
  • In a large salad bowl, add the chopped romaine lettuce. Pour the desired amount of salad dressing over the lettuce and toss with tongs until the lettuce is well coated.
    Add the sliced mini cucumbers, croutons, shredded parmesan cheese, chopped lemon chicken breasts, and pumpkin seeds.
    Serve immediately, and enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal!

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Notes

Dressing Consistency: Add more milk for a thinner dressing
Additional Seasoning: Taste the dressing and adjust the salt and seasonings as needed. You can also add fresh lemon zest or an additional tablespoon of lemon juice to increase the lemon flavor.
Dressing Storage: This recipe makes about 1-1/2 cups of lemon caesar dressing. One serving is 1-2 tablespoons, so you will have plenty of dressing to store in the fridge. You can cut the recipe in half if you prefer less leftover.

Nutrition

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 26gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 742mgPotassium: 616mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 4391IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 246mgIron: 3mg
Keyword caesar dressing, cottage cheese, healthy salad, lemon garlic, pan-seared chicken, parmesan cheese
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My first time making Caesar dressing…I’m hooked! Tastes so much better than store bought!! Thx for the recipe!

    1. I’m so glad you tried making your salad dressing, Diane! I couldn’t believe how easy it was the first time I made it, too. You’re welcome for the recipe 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I made it and it is DELICIOUS!! I used half of the olive oil, a couple of extra tablespoons(ish) of cottage cheese and a couple of extra tablespoons of milk to thin it out (since I didn’t use as much oil) and it is yummy! Thank you so very much for making one of my favorite meals much more healthy!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this dressing last night. I didn’t tell my husband it had cottage cheese in it. He loved it! The flavor is rich and creamy. This will become our new staple caesar dressing!!

    1. Hi Patricia! Ha ha…I’m so glad your husband liked the dressing…cottage cheese and all 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with me!

  4. 5 stars
    This was so delicious!! Easy to make … we even have leftovers/dressing to use as a dip for veggies. The kiddos didn’t know a difference is the switch!! Thank you again for helping me make healthier choices!!

    1. That is so awesome, Karrie! I’m thrilled your kids liked it too 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with me!

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