Take a break from the traditional Caesar salad and try Ree Drummond’s Grilled Salmon Chipotle Caesar Salad. Although the Pioneer Woman Salad is a twist on the classic, it retains the characteristics of the original.
Crispy Romaine? To verify. Creamy Caesar dressing? Croutons? To verify. The biggest difference? Drummond’s version has salmon instead of chicken. Plus, it includes chipotle peppers for a spicy kick.
Canned Chipotle Peppers Give Ree Drummond’s Caesar Salad Some Spice
Drummond’s Caesar Salad isn’t just about the flavors associated with the classic dish. She adds a twist to it in the form of chipotle peppers. According to its recipe instructions (Food Network has all the details), she uses chipotle peppers to flavor the salmon and the dressing.
The blogger-turned-cooking-show-host uses canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to make a paste. What does she do with it? Add it to the dressing.
The remaining peppers — and the accompanying adobo sauce — go into a marinade that Drummond uses to flavor the salmon. She combines all the remaining chipotle peppers with adobo sauce. After combining it with olive oil, she brushes it over the salmon while it’s on the grill.
The Pioneer Woman Salad is topped with homemade croutons and store-bought dressing.
Drummond’s Chipotle and Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad includes both a store-bought and homemade element. The Food Network star serves the salad with homemade croutons, which are surprisingly easy to make.
Drummond cuts a loaf of ciabatta bread into cubes, toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and place them on one of his go-to baking sheets. Then she bakes them until golden and crispy and she has homemade croutons.
Drummond skips the house route when it comes to dressing and opts for a shortcut instead. She uses store-bought Caesar dressing. However, she does not use it as it is. She spiced it up with chipotle peppers.
Drummond makes a paste then stirs it into the dressing. It’s a simple but easy step. Plus, it adds more chipotle flavor to the dish.
How to Make Drummond Chipotle Caesar Salad with Grilled Salmon
Drummond’s Caesar salad requires spending more time in the kitchen than the average salad recipe. According to Food Network, it takes just under an hour — 55 minutes in total — to make Drummond’s Chipotle Caesar Salad with Grilled Salmon.
To start, the Pioneer prepares homemade croutons. She cuts the bread into cubes and drizzles it with olive oil, salt and pepper before putting it in the oven. As it turns golden, she chops the peppers until they form a paste. Then she mixes it with the store-bought Caesar dressing and sets it aside.
Next comes the salmon. She places six-ounce salmon fillets on a grill pan brushed with olive oil. But not before you’ve brushed each fillet with a little olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. She cooks them for about three to four minutes on each side.
From there, she brushes the fillets with a mixture of olive oil and chipotle pepper. Then she lets the fillets continue cooking for eight to 10 minutes depending on the thickness. When they are well cooked, she removes them from the grill and lets them rest.
While the salmon rests, it’s the turn of the pioneer to prepare the salad. Drummond throws the lettuce into a bowl with the dressing. Then she throws in the homemade croutons followed by the salmon. After a drizzle of fresh lemon juice, Drummond’s Caesar salad is ready to serve.
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