This meal really should be called “Chicken Caesar Salad on Top of a Warm Naan Bread” but that’s not what my cafeteria at work calls it.
The other day I heard someone order a salad pizza at work. For those of you that are new here, (welcome!) food blogging is not my full time job although some days I wish it was. I’m in-house counsel (attorney) for a corporation. Anyway, I thought that I was going to see a traditional pizza with sauce, cheese, and some sort of salad concoction on top. I was surprised to find that I was completely off. That’s a good thing I think because that doesn’t do anything for me because I don’t like the texture of hot, limp lettuce. I saw the chef warm up a slice of Naan or pita bread in the oven, take it out and then top it with chicken Caesar salad. It smelled amazing and that was a concept I could totally fall in love with.
I simply had to try to mimic this idea at home. I’ve had it for lunch almost every day this week so needless to say I love it. The “real title” is simply too long for me to say and ever since hearing the cafeteria chef call it salad pizza that’s what I call it.
I’m taking a lot of short cuts here and I’m using all store bought products. First, I’ve been lazy so there’s that. Second, I figure that if the chicken is already cooked then I’m more likely to eat it (blah, I hate touching and seeing raw chicken). I’m very picky about my chicken and this prepared Perdue chicken breast is seriously great. (By the way, since I mention a few brands in this post and I want to mention that I’m not getting paid by any of them. I just like the stuff and want to share which ones I used in case you either want to use the same ones or can’t find the ones I use and want to be able to Google what I am talking about to make it yourself at home.)
On the note of possibly making things at home, you could try to make the salad dressing, grow the lettuce, or bake homemade Naan too. I’m going to stick to my guns and stay fully lazy.
Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, my husband tried to make homemade Naan a couple of years ago and it didn’t meet our criteria for “blogworthy,” so we’re still looking for a great recipe. If you have one, let me know! After all the Naan that I’ve bought recently I actually just asked my husband if he could find another recipe worth trying. Note that I said that my husband would do the baking so I can still be in lazy mode. 😉
As you have probably noticed from the pictures, it doesn’t really look like a “pizza” which also means that you can’t really eat it like one. In other words, get your fork and knife handy. Get ready to be obsessed for a new lunch. 🙂 Power tip, it really helps when you warm up the Naan and put it under the salad. It melts some of the parmesan cheese and the warmed up dressing seems to add a flare of magic that is just missing if you eat the whole thing at refrigerator temperature.
Salad Pizza Recipe
(1 serving but can be easily multiplied for as many as you want.)
- chopped lettuce (I used Romaine.)
- sliced chicken breast (I used Perdue Short Cuts Carved Chicken Breast Rotisserie Seasoned.)
- Caesar dressing (I used Ken’s Creamy Caesar.)
- 1 Naan bread (I used Stonefire mini-Naan. You can also use the original size if you are more hungry.)
- grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Note: I did not use measurements on purpose because the proportions should be what you like. Picture making a pizza or a salad where everyone likes it their own way.
- In a bowl, add the chopped lettuce and sliced chicken breast.
- Pour in the Caesar dressing and toss everything together. Set the salad aside.
- Warm up the Naan bread in a toaster oven or microwave.
- Place the warm Naan bread on a plate.
- Add the salad on top of the Naan bread.
- Sprinkle grated fresh Parmesan cheese on top.
Inspired by: My work cafeteria