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

Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad – Martha Stewart

I have tried a couple of Martha Stewart recipes and this Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad looked popular and had some slightly different ingredients.  It was only when I started preparing it, I realised that this is quite a low-calorie chicken caesar salad.

Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Low-fat buttermilk, Lemon juice, Garlic, Parmesan cheese, Chicken breast, Multigrain bread, Olive oil, Light mayonnaise, Romaine lettuce, Radicchio. 6/10

Buttermilk Caesar Salad Dressing

 

Level of difficulty

The recipe doesn’t have any particularly difficult steps, however care always needs to be taken when cooking chicken, that it is cooked through. 7/10

Multigrain bread croutons

Time taken to prepare

The chicken needs to marinate before cooking, which takes a bit of time.  The recipe suggests a minimum of 15 minutes, which is fine to prepare the remaining ingredients.  However, if you want to marinate for longer, you will need to allow plenty of time.  Cooking the chicken also takes some time. 6/10

Lettuce, Racicchio and Caesar Dressing

The food

The dressing was light and the buttermilk made it quite creamy without being particularly high calorie.  The croutons were different and definitely a healthy option, using a minimal amount of olive oil.  The flavours weren’t disappointing, but nor did they really jump out as particularly exiting. 6/10

Overall

The recipe isn’t labelled as low-calorie, however there calorie content of this makes it quite a healthy chicken caesar salad.  If you’re looking for a light option caesar salad, then this is one to try, but personally I think that there are recipes that are equally low-calorie, but have more flavour. 6.25/10

Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad

 

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

 

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe – Taste.com.au

This Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad recipe from Taste.com.au, combines some of the traditional caesar salad ingredients, with some low-fat variances to produce a delicious and healthy chicken caesar salad.

I gave this recipe a well deserved rating of 7.75/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

 

Ingredients

Sourdough bread, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Dijon Mustard, Chicken Breast, Prosciutto, Anchovy, White Wine Vinegar, Low-fat Natural Yoghurt, Low-fat Mayonnaise, Parmesan, Cos Lettuce. 8/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

Level of difficulty

The recipe is simple to prepare, the dressing uses a ready-made mayonnaise, so there is no need to worry about eggs and oil. 8/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

Time taken to prepare

The chicken is cooked in the oven, but doesn’t take too long.  I actually cooked the chicken for a little longer than the recipe suggested, as you need to be careful to make sure that it is thoroughly cooked.  7/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

The food

The croutons could have done with being at a slightly higher temperature to give a more golden colour, but for a low-fat option the flavour was very good.  Although there was very little prosciutto, it added a great flavour to this recipe. The chicken being steamed in a parcel, was lovely and moist and had absorbed the lemon and garlic.  The dressing was the best low-fat caesar dressing that I have tried so far, there were a lot of ingredients, but they all worked really well together to produce a light dressing, which still had the great caesar flavour. 8/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

Overall

If you are watching your weight, but still crave a great caesar salad, then this recipe is definitely a winner.  As there is no oil used, the dish is very light, but still maintains a fab mix of flavours and you don’t feel that there is anything missing. The dressing is great and it should be easy to make up in batches if you want something light to hand when the caesar salad cravings start. 7.75/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad – Meals by Mel

Caesar Salads may look like the healthy option, but they do have a tendency to be quite high calorie, particularly if you are using an oil based dressing.  Having previously tried the Hairy Biker’s Warm Chicken Caesar Salad, I was keen to try another recipe that was a little lighter.

The Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad from Meals by Mel, seemed to fit the bill and I was interested to see whether the real caesar flavour would still come through despite the “healthy” option.

Ratin 7.5/10

 

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Olive oil, chicken breast, pancetta, wholegrain bread, egg, yoghurt, Dijon mustard, anchovy fillets, lemon juice, cos lettuce, parmesan cheese. 7/10

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Level of difficulty

This is one of the simplest recipes that I have tried so far.  Very little equipment is required and no real cooking expertise is needed. 8/10

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Time taken to prepare

The recipe was extremely quick and light on washing up! The chicken, bacon and croutons are all cooked in the same pan and the dressing is prepared in a single bowl. 8/10

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

The food

The dish was delicious and I particularly enjoyed the poached egg.  I used pancetta rather than bacon, which added quite an intense flavour and it was interesting to have wholegrain croutons.  I was pleased that the croutons were pan-fried, as I particularly like the flavour that this gives them.  The dressing was pleasant, but not particularly rich.  I would have preferred a little more seasoning, particularly in the chicken, bacon and croutons. 7/10

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Overall

This was billed as a healthy chicken caesar salad and as such it was a light caesar salad dressing.  I wouldn’t really call it a caesar dressing though and personally I think it would have benefited from a small amount of grated parmesan and garlic in the dressing. You could add a small amount and still keep the dressing fairly low-calorie, if that is what you prefer.  This is definitely a salad I would try again. 7.5/10

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad at The Horseshoe – Warlingham

Farleigh Road
Warlingham
Surrey
CR6 9EG

Mon-Thur 11am-11pm
Fri-Sat       11am-11.30pm
Sun             12pm-10.30pm

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rating 7.8/10

The Horseshoe Warlingham

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

The Horseshoe is easy to find and is located next to the White Lion. There is a small carpark, but limited spaces for the size of the pub.  There is plenty of parking around the area though.

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Inside was clean and busy and had quite a buzz (there are much better photos on their website)

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Plenty of tables, both inside and out and includes a conservatory area.

Menu - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Menu – The Horseshoe, Warlingham

A good menu with plenty of pub options, including a Sunday carvery. There is a full menu is available on their website.  I chose the chicken caesar salad.

Chicken Caesar Salad - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Chicken Caesar Salad

The chicken caesar salad arrived and looked good.

Chicken Caesar Salad - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Chicken Caesar Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Horseshoe is a fairly local pub, which I have visited before for an evening drink, but I have never eaten there. It is a Barons Pub, so the menu is standard across the group.   It is a popular destination for families at the weekend and seems family friendly.

Upon entering – the pub is quite dark when you enter, but it seemed well maintained and clean.  It was fairly busy and had a good atmosphere.   The pub is quite big and there is plenty of seating.  We hadn’t booked and they were able to find us a table very easily, although we were told that we would need to give it up for a second sitting.  I would definitely book if I was going to eat there again. 8/10

Service – Our drinks order was taken almost as soon as we sat down and menus were delivered very quickly.  All of the wait staff were very attentive and we were asked several times throughout the meal, whether everything was to our liking.  They made a special point of having a chat with each of the tables. 9/10

Ingredients – Warm chicken breast, lettuce (possibly baby gem), assorted croutons, anchovy fillets, caesar dressing and parmesan cheese. 8/10

Presentation – The salad was presented well and looked attractive.  The portion wasn’t enormous, but was sufficient. 7/10

The food – All the ingredients appeared to be very fresh and good quality. The chicken breast was warm and had a lovely flavour. The lettuce was shredded and while I don’t want very large lettuce leaves, it was actually quite hard to eat as the bits were very small. I wasn’t certain, but I think the lettuce was possibly baby gem lettuce, which I find quite bitter. The croutons were fresh and very crunchy and seemed to be assorted breads (some dark, possibly rye, some light). The anchovy fillets were fairly standard and just the right amount, as they can be overpowering if there are too many. The dressing was OK, but I have tasted better, I prefer my Caesar dressing to have a slightly more distinctive flavour and this was a bit bland. The parmesan cheese shavings were fresh, with just the right proportion to balance the dish. 7/10

Value for money – The chicken caesar salad was £10.50, which was a reasonable price.  On a Sunday though, you can pay only £2 more for the carvery. 8/10

Overall – A lovely lunch and we had plenty of time to eat and didn’t feel that we were being rushed to leave before the table was required for the next sitting. The service was excellent and all the food was fresh and good quality. I would recommend booking. 7.8/10

We were tempted into finishing our meal with the Strawberry Pavlova, as we saw lots of other diners having it.  It was a large portion and perfect for sharing.  It tasted delicious. 9/10

Strawberry Pavlova - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Strawberry Pavlova – The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Gordon Ramsay’s Big Caesar Salad Recipe

I haven’t really tried many Gordon Ramsay recipes and the Big Caesar Salad Recipe was developed for his homecooking programme. It’s definitely the best recipe I have tried so far and has my highest review score rating of 7.75/10

Gordon Ramsay Big Caesar Salad by Caesar's Girl

Gordon Ramsay Big Caesar Salad by Caesar’s Girl

Ingredients

Sourdough, Felippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Waitrose Parmigiano Reggiano, Waitrose essential Romaine Hearts, Waitrose Chicken Breast Fillets, Egg Yolk, Waitrose Essential Red Wine Vinegar, Maille Dijon Mustard, John West Anchovy Fillets in Olive Oil, Fresh garlic clove, Fresh Lemon Juice

8/10

Big Caesar Salad Ingredients by Caesar's Girl

Big Caesar Salad Ingredients by Caesar’s Girl

Level of difficulty

There was nothing complicated about the recipe, although there were quite a few elements to juggle, to pull it all together.  The recipe specifies that olive oil should be added until the mixture emulsifies, if you don’t know what this means then you might have difficulties.

8/10

Time taken to prepare

This took about 30 minutes to prepare, mainly because there is lots going on.  It’s definitely worth taking the time with this recipe, as it really adds to the flavours.

7/10

The food

The croutons were great in this recipe, probably the best recipe for croutons so far. Cooking the chicken this way is quick and still leaves the chicken very juicy.  The dressing was more of a mayonnaise than a caesar and the vinegar was quite distinctive.  The lemon juice should be used sparingly.

8/10

Overall

Gordon Ramsay Big Caesar Salad by Caesar's Girl

Gordon Ramsay Big Caesar Salad by Caesar’s Girl

 

I really enjoyed this recipe.  There was a lot to do, but it is well worth it, if you have the time. The recipe does contain raw egg yolk, so probably best avoid it if your pregnant.  I would definitely try it again.

7.75/10

Have you tried the recipe? Let me know what you think.