Yep. Another salad with fruit in it. I’m determined to make you all love them as much as I do!
I’ve been dying to make this particular salad ever since my trip home to Mallorca last month.
Mum, Gary and I went out to explore Pollensa, and popped down to the Port for a tapas lunch. We shared a dish of croquetas, some pan con tomate… and a salad just like this one.
I’ve always loved Caesar salads, but honestly, this one is just next level.
Crisp green lettuce, soft avocado, sweet peach, crunchy breaded parmesan chicken, and that creamy, indulgent Newman’s Own Caesar dressing…
Who said salads have to be boring!
I’m working with Newman’s Own this month, creating four super simple, super yum, summer salad recipes, perfect for sharing with family and friends.
The brand was actually created by Hollywood film star Paul Newman in the 1980s. He started out making giant vats of dressing to share with his neighbours as Christmas presents, but as soon as he realised their popularity, he set up Newman’s Own and donated 100% of the profits to charity.
Since then, the company has donated over 2.8 million pounds to UK charities, and over 495 million US dollars worldwide, which is an INSANE amount of money!
So if you buy the dressing, you’ll be doing your good deed for the day, AND you can reward yourself with a helping of yummy peach, avocado and crispy chicken Caesar salad.
Sounds like a pretty good deal to me!
So a couple of things you need to know about this salad:
First of all, leave the avocado until the very end of the process. Avocado discolours quickly so if you crack it open too early in the proceedings, it will start to turn a very unattractive shade of brown. (Learned this one the hard way!)
On a more practical note: avocado is quite soft, so if you throw it in with the rest of the ingredients, it will just get smushed when you toss it with the dressing.
I used panko breadcrumbs for the coating on the chicken. These are Japanese breadcrumbs, which give a really excellent crunch. They’re pretty easy to find in any regular supermarket (I got a big bag in Sainsbury’s for £1.80), but you can use regular breadcrumbs instead if you prefer.
And finally: the lettuce. You want proper robust leaves that will stand up for themselves. Cos (romaine) is ideal, iceberg is fine (but a bit tasteless in my opinion), but stay far away from soft butterhead leaves.
The Newman’s Own Caesar dressing is made from a blend of parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil and garlic, and it’s quite thick and creamy. So you need to make sure your greens are up to the challenge!
*This post is sponsored by Newman’s Own.