Fajita Caesar Salad Recipe

Ingredients

For the Fajita Filling

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (can substitute with steak or shrimp)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fajita seasoning (store-bought or see ‘Tips’ below)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Caesar Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional, provides traditional flavor)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad

  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup croutons (store-bought or homemade)
  • Optional: sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes

Instructions

1. Make the Fajita Filling

  • Cut the chicken (or your chosen protein) into thin strips.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and season with fajita seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  • Remove and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add sliced onion and bell peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5-7 minutes, until softened and slightly charred.

2. Make the Caesar Dressing

  • Whisk together all dressing ingredients until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste.

3. Assemble the Salad

  • In a large bowl, combine chopped romaine lettuce with half of the Caesar dressing. Toss to coat.
  • Top the lettuce with the cooked chicken, peppers, and onions. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese and croutons.
  • Drizzle with the remaining Caesar dressing. Add optional toppings like avocado and tomatoes if desired.
  • Serve immediately.

Tips

Homemade Fajita Seasoning: Combine 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional), salt and pepper.

Vegetarian: Substitute tofu or a plant-based meat alternative for the chicken.

Adjust the Flavor: Increase the amount of garlic or anchovy paste for a more intense Caesar flavor. Feeling spicy? Add a diced jalapeño to your fajita mix.

Make-Ahead: The fajita filling and Caesar dressing can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

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