Food: Sweet Corn Caesar & Roasted Poblano Dressing

Hi everyone, it's Lauren from Perpetually Chic, here to share my first recipe as a Made By Girl contributor! 

I love to use fresh, seasonal ingredients year round and in summer find myself leaning toward simple recipes so I can enjoy more time outside. By putting your grill to work, this salad recipe is perfect for a night on the patio and easy enough for even novice chefs. 

Don't be intimidated by the number of ingredients...this comes together in an hour, or less if you have a helper. And you can even complete the first steps (sweet corn salsa and roasted poblano dressing) ahead of time. Keep reading for the recipe! 


Do you guys buy store-bought croutons? Me too, until I realized how easy they are to make yourself--seriously. 

Just preheat your oven to 400 degrees, cut half a loaf of day old, grainy bread into cubes, then place them in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Mix well with your hands, spread on a cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes. They'll be flavorful and crunchy! 


For the Roasted Poblano Dressing
-1 poblano pepper, roasted, seeded and peeled
-2 tablespoons lime juice
-1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
-1/2 tablespoon green onions, chopped
-1/4 teaspoon each of dried oregano and basil
-4 tablespoons buttermilk
-1 cup mayo (I use the Kraft olive oil, reduced fat version)
-Salt and pepper to taste

For Sweet Corn Salsa
-2 ears of fresh corn, grilled (or substitute frozen corn)
-1 poblano pepper, roasted, seeded and peeled
-1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
-3 tablespoons red onion, diced
-1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
-1/2 a lime, juiced
-1/2 teaspoon sugar
-Salt and pepper to taste 

For the Salad 
-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-1 red bell pepper, roasted on the grill
-1 small head of romaine lettuce, chopped
-1 avocado, sliced
-2 hard-boiled eggs, yolks discarded and whites chopped
-Parmesan, shaved into slices
-Croutons (homemade per above or store bought)

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Soak corn (in husks) in water for a few minutes. Slice both poblano peppers and the red pepper in half, from top to bottom. Lightly brush peppers with olive oil then place skin-side down on grill, along with the corn (still in husks). After 5-7 minutes, once blackened and blistering, remove all peppers and set aside to cool. Carefully remove corn husks, then return corn to grill for just another few minutes, turning once to lightly char each side. 
Peel skin from both poblanos, remove seeds and dice. Slice the roasted red pepper into thin strips. Using a knife, remove corn from the cobs. 
Place half the diced, roasted poblano peppers, plus all other dressing ingredients in a small food processor and blend until smooth. Add an extra tablespoon of regular milk if you find it too thick. Let dressing stand in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the salad. 
In a large bowl, combine the two cups of corn and remaining diced poblano with onion, serrano pepper, and cilantro. Season with sugar, salt and pepper then toss with fresh lime juice. Set sweet corn salsa aside.  
Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil on both sides. Toss on the grill for about 10-15 minutes, flipping once. 
In a large salad bowl, combine lettuce and coat with the roasted poblano dressing to your liking. Serve lettuce onto plates, then let each person top with remaining ingredients: grilled chicken, sweet corn salsa, roasted red pepper strips, hard-boiled eggs, avocado slices, Parmesan and croutons. 

-post & images by Lauren Craig



  1. I love salads for summer--this one looks amazing! Can't wait to try it out.

    The Glossy Life

  2. looks like agreat recipe! looking forward to trying. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  3. I'm definitely atleast going to make the sweet corn salsa! That looks absolutely delicious, and living in Arizona, it makes me feel like I'm cooking authentically :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks, ladies! Definitely give it a try! xx Lauren

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  6. Great post! I love light foods in the summer. I use to buy store-bought croutons too... except one night when my husband made some leftover from bakery bread. It was AMAZING.

  7. YUM! can't wait to try this! thanks, shari

  8. Yum! I've been meaning to make my own salad dressing and this one looks awesome! I must pin this!

    Love & Whimsy

  9. AnonymousJuly 28, 2012

    That looks yum and i love all the bright colors in this post!!! Gosh, reminds me that i have not made salads in years!!!!!!!! lol


  10. AnonymousJuly 30, 2012

    mmmmm... that looks right up my alley! homemade croutons, here I come!

  11. LOVE THIS!!!! Thanks for sharing xxDani


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