Sunday Menu: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad & Glazed Angel Food Cake
I’m still stuffed from yesterday’s dinner. We decided on an outdoor date night last night to make up for the time spent on the couch all weekend. We got sucked into several shows and with it being brutally hot outside, the couch, and a good t.v. binge sounded fantastic. We finished an entire season of Normal People and now are about halfway through Indian Matchmaker.
We decided on Caesar salads for dinner after brainstorming what we hadn’t had in a while. With cooking at home more, we’ve recycled through a ton of go-to recipes. We had meatloaf at least eight times in the past two months. Although I love my meatloaf recipe, even that can get tiring. I wrote down a long list of recipes I want to make, and I hope to bring more date-night menus to the blog, like this one. I know most people know how to make a Caesar salad, but everyone has their own spin on it.
These date-night Caesar salads are so refreshing for summer, and they were completed with a gluten-free angel food cake topped with lemon icing, peaches, and raspberries.
Kyle and I used to love having date-nights at Reid’s. We would always order their grilled chicken Caesar salads, and they never disappointed. Of course, we’d order truffle fries and fried Brussels sprouts to go along with it. I think it’s safe to say it may be one of the best Caesar salads in Charlotte. It’s what inspired our Sunday night menu. And our angel food cake was a little inspiration from our picnic at the Duke Mansion.
We stopped at Whole Foods to pick up all the ingredients.
Kinnick Gluten-free angel food cake mix
carton of egg whites
We marinated the chicken breast in 1/2 cup of Caesar dressing and black pepper overnight. We wanted the chicken breast to be extra flavorful. One of our neighbors gave us the tip to marinate the chicken in either mayonnaise or a creamy sauce to give it a better flavor. He was definitely right about this one.
Kyle is always on grill control because he chars the chicken perfectly. While he was preparing the chicken, I put together all the ingredients for the salad.
The toasted crostini was by far my favorite part of the salad. If you’re not eating gluten-free bread, use ciabatta or baguette for this part. Luckily, Canyon Bakehouse (my favorite gluten-free bread brand) makes a bread called “Heritage style whole grain,” and it’s unbelievable. Nothing compares! It makes the most perfect crostini. I usually find this bread in the freezer section at my local grocery store.
In a pan heated on medium-high, I added a coup of tablespoons of olive oil. I placed the sliced bread onto the pan and sprinkled them with thyme, garlic salt, and black pepper. If you have any onion salt from Trader Joes, use that, too!
I was excited because three of the tomatoes we used on our salads were from my crate garden. A few other steps I did was cutting up the tomatoes, slicing the parmesan, cleaning and chopping the romaine, and slicing up the chicken.
For our drinks, I filled two glasses up with sliced lemons, blueberries, sparkling water, and ice. Sparkling water and salads go together well.
We enjoyed our dinner outside after a quick rainstorm. It has rained almost every night for the past two weeks here, which is great because it cools things off in the evenings. We had a fan installed on our back porch, which also makes sitting outside a little more bearable.
While we ate dinner, I had the angel food cake baking in the oven.
The Caesar salad was so delicious and the perfect summer dinner.
I topped the angel food cake with a lemon glaze that reminded me of the duke mansion pound cake.
In a small bowl, I mixed 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp lemon extract, and one tablespoon of water together. If you want a thicker glaze, add in a 1/2 tbsp of meringue powder with it. I would have done that if we had any in the house.
I drizzled the glaze all over the cake. I dusted an extra pinch of powdered sugar in our bowls for even more sweetness. It’s safe to say that our bellies were full and our appetites content after Sunday night’s dinner. Tomorrow, we’re having good ole fashioned midwestern walking tacos! Stay tuned for that one.
I hope you all have a fantastic week and I’ll catch you in the next blog post!
Let me know if you try out this salad! It won’t disappoint ♥️
Questions for you!
- What do you add to your Caesar salads?
- Any shows you’re currently binging?
- What should I make for dessert tomorrow night?