Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad with Plantain Croutons (Dairy-Free!)
A healthy chicken caesar salad made with mojo marinated chicken breast, twice fried plantains as croutons (tostones), and a dairy-free caesar dressing!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Soaking cashews20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup Califia Farms Homestyle Cashew Milk
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Salt + pepper to taste
Tostones (Twice Fried Green Plantains)
- 1/2 cup avocado oil*
- 2 large green plantains peeled, cut into 2-inch slices
- Salt for seasoning plantains
- 4 cups romaine lettuce
In a bowl, add chicken with marinade. Place in the fridge for 20 min to marinate.
In another bowl, soak cashews with water for 20 minutes.
In a cup, stir together Califia Farms Homestyle Cashew Milk + lime juice and allow to sit for 30 seconds. This makes dairy-free buttermilk.
In a food processor or blender, add the drained cashews, buttermilk, dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, coconut aminos, garlic, and a pinch of salt + pepper. Pulse until all blended. Taste and adjust salt + pepper, if needed. To thin out, whisk in a teaspoon of water at a time until desired consistency. Set aside.
In a skillet, add avocado oil and heat over medium-high heat. Fry the plantain slices for about 5 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Using a plantain press or a paper towel folded over, smash the plantains to about 1/2 inch thick. Fry the now smashed plantains for about 5 minutes, until golden brown on both sides. Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Set aside. *You may transfer the avocado oil to a jar for future use.
Remove chicken from marinate. Add 1 tablespoon avocado oil and cook in a hot skillet for 5 minutes on each side until cooked through. You can use a thermometer to read the internal temperature; it has to be at least 165 degrees.
Assemble the salad. In a large bowl, add romaine lettuce and chicken. Crumble plantains over salad and drizzle with dairy-free caesar dressing. Mix it all together and serve. Enjoy!
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sugar: 3g