California Pizza Kitchen’s Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza Made Skinny

Caesar salad-topped-pizza
I love to remake many of the recipes at California Pizza Kitchen.  This skinny remake isn’t on their menu anymore but comes from one of their cookbooks.  Chicken Caesar salad is very popular. Placing it on top of a pizza makes it a sensational, hearty, salad meal.  This version is so much skinnier since I’m using a whole wheat pita for the crust, reduced-fat Caesar dressing, reduced-fat cheese and adding fresh tomatoes to the salad.  One serving has 379 calories, 15 grams of fat and 9 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  One CPK’s salad pizza has a shocking 1248 calories and 69 grams of fat!  This skinny one is so yummy, you’ll love it!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients for Pizza:

2 cups cooked chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into chunks

2 tablespoons Cardini’s Light Caesar Dressing or Girard’s Light Caesar dressing, see shopping tip

4 whole wheat pita breads, Middle East or Greek style, see shopping tip

1 cup Sargento’s Light Italian Blend Cheese or light mozzarella cheese


Ingredients for Salad:

6 cups (10 oz) bag romaine lettuce

1½ cups tomatoes, chopped

⅓ cup Cardini’s Light Caesar Dressing or Girard’s Light Caesar dressing

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Spread each pita with ½ tablespoon Caesar dressing.  Keep pita whole.

3. Sprinkle ½ cup chopped chicken evenly over the dressing.

4. Sprinkle each with ¼ cup mozzarella cheese evenly over the chicken.

5. Line a baking pan or cookie sheet with foil.  Place the 4 pita pizzas on the pan.
Bake for about 8 minutes until pita is golden and cheese is melted.

6. In the meantime, in a large bowl, add lettuce and tomato.  Toss with ⅓ cup salad dressing.  Add more, if desired.

6. Place each pizza on a plate.  Top each with salad and sprinkle on top of each ½ tablespoon Parmesan cheese.

7. Serve at once with a fork and knife.

Makes 4 main course servings (each serving, 1 salad pizza)


Food Fact

For years people who loved California Pizza Kitchen’s Caesar Salad asked them to make a “Caesar salad pizza.”   Finally they did adding chicken, warm cheese and a delicious crust.  Sadly for many, they don’t seem to offer this anymore on their menu.


Shopping Tips

I love Cardini’s Light Caesar Dressing.  For a reduced-fat bottled dressing, it’s quite tasty.  It can be found in the dressing aisle of most supermarkets.  Girard’s Light Caesar Dressing can also be used.

I used Trader Joe’s Middle East whole wheat pita bread.  There are a few brands available in most supermarkets.  Western Bagel  is one and makes a wheat pita that’s really tasty.  Check the bread aisle of your supermarket.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 8
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
9

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 salad pizza
379 calories, 15g fat, 26g protein, 33g carbs, 5g fiber, 968mg sodium, 13g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 CPK’s  salad pizza
1248 calories, 69.5g fat, 65g protein, 93g carbs, 7g fiber, 2386mg sodium, 17g sugar

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!