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Pesto Phyllo Chicken Caesar Salad

Total Time: 30 MIN Makes: 24 portions
Prep Time: 20 MIN Cook Time: 10 MIN

Courtesy of Michael N. Masseria, Executive Chef/Totally Cooked Catering, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • 8 oz. Butter
  • 8 oz. Pesto
  • 20 sheets Athens Phyllo Dough (14×18)
  • 80 oz. Romaine lettuce, washed and cut (5 lbs.)
  • 48 oz. Caesar dressing
  • 24 Grilled chicken breasts (5 oz.)
  • 24 oz. Parmesan cheese
  • .5 oz. Cracked black pepper


In a small saucepan, melt the butter and the pesto together over low heat. Layer 5 sheets phyllo dough lightly brushing each sheet with butter/pesto mixture. Score the sets to create 12 rectangles per set. Repeat three times to create 48 rectangles. Bake phyllo in preheated 3501/4F oven for 7-10 minutes until the sets are golden brown and crisp.
While the phyllo cools, toss the lettuce with the dressing and cut the breasts on long angled slices. To assemble one serving, place one phyllo stack on the center of the plate, top that with a portion of the dressed greens and chicken. Repeat by placing another phyllo stack on top followed by the dressed greens and chicken. Sprinkle with one ounce of Parmesan cheese ribbons and cracked pepper.