Chicken Caesar Panini

Looks great, definitely a must try

Goodies & Guests

I’ve mentioned this before, but my favorite kitchen appliance is my Panini press. Not only can you make amazing sandwiches and desserts on it but you can also grill other things as well (like the cooked chicken for the recipe could easily be cooked on the Panini press, shrimp, veggies…) without going into the scorching Arizona summer heat. Well, when we first got married, the only salad my husband liked was Caesar salad, so it’s what I ended up making a lot for dinner. We would go through quite a lot of salad dressing and I was always trying new and different brands of Caesar dressing. One day I found Brianna’s Home Style Caesar Dressing with Asiago Cheese… I don’t know what it is about it, but the only thing better than this dressing is real homemade (and not to dis anybody, but I’ll bet it’s even better than some…

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Gordon Ramsay’s Devilled Caesar Salad with Parma Ham

I have previously tried Gordon Ramsay’s Big Caesar Salad Recipe, so I was interested to see that there was a low-fat caesar salad recipe in his Healthy Appetite cookbook.   I rated his last recipe 7.75/10, so I was keen to see whether his Devilled Caesar Salad with Parma ham would get the same rating.

Gordon Ramsay's Devilled Caesar Salad

 

Ingredients

Parma ham, Olive oil, Ciabatta, Baby gem, Marinated fresh anchovy fillets, Parmesan, Garlic, Salted anchovy fillets, Paprika, Worcestershire sauce, Natural yogurt 7/10

Lettuce

Level of difficulty

The recipe isn’t difficult, but does require frying the parma ham and toasting the ciabatta 7/10

Parma ham

Time taken to prepare

The recipe doesn’t take long to prepare, but it takes about 10-15 minutes to make the dressing, fry the ham and ciabatta 7/10

Lettuce, croutons and parma ham

The food

The dressing was low-fat and used natural yogurt as a base.  There was a little to much garlic in the dressing for me, so I would probably use a little less. The parma ham is quite salty, which overpowered the salad a bit.  Using less ham would give a better balance.  I haven’t used fresh  anchovy fillets in a salad before and they weren’t as strong as I thought they might be 7/10

Lettuce, croutons parma ham and marinated anchovy fillets

Overall

As a lower-fat caesar salad, this was pleasant and if you rebalance the parma ham and garlic, then overall it’s a tasty salad.  The portion isn’t particularly large, so this is definitely a side salad 7/10

Gordon Ramsay's Devilled Caesar Salad

 

 

Caesar Salad

Sharing The Food We Love

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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Chicken Caesar Salad – Julie Goodwin

I was looking forward to trying this Chicken Caesar Salad recipe and this was a great find from Julie Goodwin.

Chicken Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Olive oil, Chicken breast, Bacon, Bread, Egg, Cos lettuce, Red onion, Parmesan, White wine vinegar, Garlic, Dijon mustard, Anchovy fillet, Worcestershire sauce, Lemon juice 8/10

Best Homemade Caesar Dressing

Level of difficulty

The recipe is simple, but there are a few steps to it.  Most of the recipe can be cooked in the same pan though, one after the other, which is fairly easy. 8/10

Cos lettuce, Red onion and Caesar dressing

Time taken to prepare

The chicken, bacon, croutons and egg all need to be cooked.  The recipe suggests one after the other, but if you prefer to cook them simultaneously the recipe wouldn’t take long. 8/10

Chicken, Bacon and Lettuce

The food

The salad was delicious.  It had the best homemade caesar dressing recipe that I have tried so far.  I would probably use slightly less anchovy next time, but the dressing was rich with a  great balance of flavours.  The salad itself had a lovely combination of chicken, crispy bacon, crunchy croutons and fab poached egg, which all worked really well together.  8/10

Overall

I really enjoyed preparing and eating this chicken caesar salad recipe.  Caesar traditionalists would probably argue that the ingredients have strayed a bit too far from Caesar Cardini’s original, but there is no doubt the salad is great anyway and is well deserved of a rating of 8/10

Chicken Caesar Salad

 

Carla Hall’s Turkey Caesar Salad With Leftover Croutons

Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, there’s bound to be Turkey and Stuffing left over at this time of the year.  Try this fab fun Turkey Caesar Salad with leftover croutons from Carla Hall.

Turkey Caesar Salad with Leftover Croutons

 

Ingredients

Romaine lettuce, Cooked turkey, Dried cranberries, Parmesan cheese, Dressing/Stuffing, Olive oil, Anchovy fillets, Garlic, Sherry vinegar, Lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard. 8/10

Stuffing Croutons

Level of difficulty

This is an easy recipe mainly using leftovers. 8/10

Turkey

Time taken to prepare

The croutons need to be cooked in the oven, but everything else can be prepared while they are cooking. 7/10

Caesar Dressing

The food

The dressing had a bit too much garlic and some parmesan in the dressing would have worked.  Other than the garlic, the dressing was pleasant and the sherry vinegar gave it quite a distinctive flavour.  The cranberries, turkey and croutons worked well together, but the parmesan wasn’t really a flavour that I would put with the turkey and stuffing. 8/10

Lettuce, Turkey, Croutons, Cranberries

Overall

This is a little taste of Thanksgiving/Christmas in a salad bowl.  While I wouldn’t really call it a caesar salad, the overall taste was great and this is definitely a salad that I would make again. 7.75/10

Turkey Caesar Salad with Leftover Croutons

Salmon Caesar Salad – Clean and Delicious

I thought it was time to try a Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe and found this one from Clean and Delicious.  It took a while to find fresh fennel, as it was out of season and I was really hoping that it was going to be worth the effort.

Salmon Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Garlic, Anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Non fat Greek yoghurt, Sourdough bread, Wild Salmon, Romaine lettuce, Fennel, Tomato, Asparagus spears, Parmesan cheese.  6/10

Quick croutons

Level of difficulty

This recipe is mostly chopping and combining, so there is nothing too complicated. However the salmon does need to be cooked in advance and the asparagus steamed.  7/10

Caesar salad dressing

Time taken to prepare

Perhaps if the ingredients are prepared in advance, as the recipe suggests, then it doesn’t take too long to make this dish.  However if you need to cook the salmon, steam the asparagus, chop the remaining salad ingredients and prepare the dressing, it will take some time.  6/10

Cooked wild salmon

The food

The salad was not at all what I was expecting and I found the fennel too overpowering for this dish.  The flavour of the salmon was completely lost and I think that the recipe was trying to be more than it really was.  The dressing while not unpleasant and undoubtedly low-calorie, was more of a yoghurt dressing than a caesar dressing.  I usually enjoy both asparagus and tomato, but I didn’t really feel that they worked in this caesar salad.  4/10

Lettuce, asparagus, fennel, tomato and caesar dressing

Overall

This recipe was quite a disappointment for me.  With ingredients such as salmon and asparagus, I think there would be more enjoyable ways to prepare them.  There were too many competing flavours in this salad for my taste and I think something a little simpler would have worked better. 5.75/10

Salmon Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing and Crispy Chickpeas

Rustic Kitchen Affairs

DSC_0066Quite often I like a light salad for dinner and caesar salad is simple, yet so good. I always make the dressing myself – it is really easy to make and much better than the one you buy at your grocery store. Instead of adding croutons I chose a slightly more “low carb” version by making crispy chickpeas – and make sure to make a big portion – you might get addicted!

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