Chicken Caesar Salad

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I have to admit that before attempting to create this recipe, I’d never had a Caesar salad before. All I knew about them was that the dressing contained anchovies and without even knowing what anchovies tasted like, I was like, “no thank you”. That’s an aversion I picked up from my mom, whose hatred of anchovies might be one of my earliest memories.

But when I started the Autoimmune Protocol, it awoke a sense of adventure in me. Trying new things was fun and it turned out that anchovies were really quite tasty. They add an almost MSG-like depth and saltiness to dishes and are the perfect addition to a rich, creamy salad dressing.

This Autoimmune Protocol version of Chicken Caesar Salad keeps things simple. The dressing contains only five ingredients (though you can certainly add a drizzle of lemon, extra virgin olive oil, or garlic if you like) and the salad itself is just chicken, lettuce, and olives. And yet it’s a riot of flavor, a wonderful one-dish meal for four or small side salad for 6 to 8.

Chicken Caesar Salad
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Serves: 4 salads
  1. Place the chicken and broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut cream, anchovies, parsley, green onions, and salt.
  3. To serve, layer four salad bowls with equal parts lettuce, chicken, dressing, and black olives.


About Christina Feindel

Christina Feindel came to the AIP after she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, Celiac, and Interstitial Cystitis in her early twenties after more than a decade of declining health. As her degenerative and debilitating symptoms began disappearing, Christina began sharing recipes and experiences at A Clean Plate and is now the author of several healthy e-books. Christina believes that good, healthy food should be accessible and appealing to anyone on any budget, with any amount of time, and with the bare minimum of ingredients. She also believes that any illness can be improved or even eliminated by starting with a clean plate. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.


  • Nicole Stevens says

    I used Rachel’s (from Meatified blog) recipe for cheez sauce and thin it to dressing consistency. It uses white sweet potato as the base and I love it.

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