Caesar Salad

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Leah's Caeser Salad

Caesar salad is much maligned in the cafe world, particularly in the 90’s and early 00’s. So often served with slathering of mayonnaise, oversized croutons and horrid violently salty anchovies and lots of random additions. Made right though this salad can be a beautiful balance of textures and flavours that will have you changing your mind about the career salad.

First up the quality of your ingredients is essential.  I know this is the case with everything we cook and make, but when serving a salad there is nowhere to hide. For me the most important part is making sure your lettuce is crisp and fresh. I love using cos hearts as the leaves are sweeter and crunchier.

Make your own croutons. So simple to do. Get a left over bread roll or piece of baguette and thinly slice it. Spread out on a baking tray. Brush with olive oil…

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Skinny Caesar Salad – Ginger & Olives

As caesar salads can sometimes be high in calories, it’s always good to try a low fat version, to see whether the authentic caesar flavour has been captured.  This Skinny Caesar Salad from Ginger & Olives looked good.

Skinny Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Chicken, Paprika, Chilli Powder, Parmesan cheese, Olive oil, Iceberg lettuce, Sandwich bread, Low fat quark, White wine vinegar, Egg yolk, Dijon mustard, Anchovy fillet, Worcestershire sauce. 7/10

Chicken breast with paprika and chilli powder

Level of difficulty

The recipe is simple, but not particularly detailed.  It might have been useful to have some guidance on how long to cook the chicken for.  6/10

Low Calorie Caesar Dressing

Time taken to prepare

It didn’t take long to prepare, although the chicken does need to be cooked thoroughly.  7/10

Croutons

The food

I wasn’t sure how the dressing would taste, using quark rather than a mayonnaise, but it was pleasant. The dressing does contain raw egg yolk, so it is best to avoid it if you are pregnant or would prefer not to eat uncooked egg.  I would probably have had a small amount of garlic in there just to add a balance to the vinegar.  The chicken was tasty, but there was no guidance on how much paprika and chilli powder to use.  If I was to make the recipe again, I would probably use a little more to give a bit more kick. I prefer romaine lettuce in my caesar salad, but the iceberg lettuce was crunchy. 6/10

Iceberg lettuce and caesar dressing

Overall

For a low fat caesar salad, this is quite pleasant.  It wasn’t particularly rich and I wouldn’t say that the dressing was really a caesar dressing, but with a few tweaks I think it could be a little more authentic. The seasoning on the chicken added a nice flavour to the salad, which might otherwise have been a little bland. 6.5/10

Skinny Caesar Salad

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches – Iowa Girl Eats

I really enjoy a chicken caesar salad wrap, so I thought I would try this Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich from Iowa Girl Eats.

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Ingredients

Chicken, Caesar dressing, Parmesan cheese, Parsley flakes, Romaine lettuce, Sandwich thins, Butter, Garlic powder. 7/10

Poached Chicken Breast

Level of difficulty

The recipe is straightforward.  You do need to keep an eye on the sandwich thins though, to make sure they don’t burn. 8/10.

Shredded Poached Chicken

Time taken to prepare

The chicken takes a while to poach and the recipe then suggests waiting for it to cool a while before mixing it with the dressing and other ingredients.  It’s not a throw it together sandwich. 6/10

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

The food

I find poached chicken a little bit bland, but it does stay fairly juicy when cooked this way. I liked the way the chicken, dressing and parmesan are mixed together over a heat, before going into the bread.  A good quality caesar dressing is essential for this recipe. The garlic powder was a subtle flavouring, as fresh garlic would probably have been overpowering in this recipe. I have never cooked with sandwich thins before and I’m not sure I really like them.  I would probably use pitta or a bap if I made it again.  7/10

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Overall

This was a great sandwich and as if you prepare the chicken in advance, it wouldn’t take long to cook. 7/10

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich