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

 

 

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

 

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

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

With the seasons changing and a crisper feel to the air, thoughts turn to Halloween and pumpkins.  I was looking for a great pumpkin caesar salad recipe and could only find this Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds from The Local Palate, so I that’s what I chose!  The original is made with kale, but I chose to make it with romaine lettuce.

Rating 7/10

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

Garlic, Lemon Juice, Anchovies, Worcestershire Sauce, Egg Yolk, Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese, Pumpkin, Cayenne Pepper, Melted Butter, Romaine Lettuce. 7/10.

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Level of difficulty

Making an olive oil based caesar salad dressing can be tricky, if you haven’t made one before, but that’s probably the most difficult part of this recipe. 7/10

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Time taken to prepare

The pumpkin flesh and seeds need to be cooked separately, which takes a little while and both have to be prepared in advance.  The dressing takes some time, but can be made while the pumpkin and seeds are cooking. This is definitely not a throw it together at the last minute dish. 6/10

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

The food

The basic ingredients are fairly standard, but the pumpkin flesh and seeds add a lovely seasonal twist to a basic caesar salad recipe. The smell of the pumpkin seeds cooking was heavenly and I my mouth was watering before I had managed to finish preparing the recipe.  I used romaine lettuce rather than kale, so I’m not sure how much difference that would have made to the flavour of the finished salad.  The flavours were nicely rounded and the spicy pumpkin seeds tasted just as good as they smelled.  The pumpkin could probably have take a little more seasoning, but it all worked well together. 8/10

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Overall

For a slightly different kind of caesar salad, this worked really well and is definitely worth a try when pumpkins are in season.  I think that there is more that could be done with the pumpkin itself and trying this recipe has inspired me to experiment with cooking pumpkins. 7/10

Martha Stewart Caesar Salad with Spicy Shrimp

I’m not familiar with Martha Stewart recipes, but the Caesar Salad with Spicy Shrimp recipe can be found on the Martha Stewart website.  There are a number of other great looking recipes on there, that I’m looking forward to trying. It’s always good to try an alternative to the classic chicken caesar salad recipe.

Rating 7.25/10

Martha Stewart Caesar Salad with Spicy Shrimp

Martha Stewart Caesar Salad with Spicy Shrimp

Ingredients

Corn & Wheat tortillas, Hellmann’s light mayonnaise, essential Waitrose olive oil, Waitrose romaine lettuce, Schwartz chilli powder, Waitrose anchovy fillets, Waitrose parmesan cheese, Waitrose jumbo king prawns, Fresh lime. 7/10

Martha Stewart Caesar Salad with Spicy Shrimp

Ingredients for Caesar Salad with Spicy Shrimp

Level of difficulty

This recipe wasn’t at all difficult, care should be taken though to make sure that the tortillas don’t overcook. The dressing was very simple as the mayonnaise was pre-made. 8/10

Time taken to prepare

It took about 15 minutes in total.  There isn’t a great deal of preparation and both the tortillas and prawns take only a few minutes to cook. 8/10

The food

This was a spicy prawn recipe, so I wasn’t expecting the usual caesar flavouring.  I think that I probably used a little bit too much chilli powder on the tortillas, which made them a bit overpowering, they were also a little overcooked.  The prawns on the other hand could have had a little more seasoning.  The flavours were pleasant but the chilli was the most distinctive flavour.  The dressing was a little bland and the flavour was not particularly complex. 6/10

Overall

The salad was quick and simple but I think I was expecting a bit more.  If I made it again, I would use less chilli and make my own caesar dressing. The recipe gained points for simplicity and quickness, but lost points for flavour. This really is a simple caesar salad recipe. 7.25/10

Hairy Bikers Warm Chicken Caesar Salad

I gave the Hairy Bikers Chicken Caesar Salad a try and 7/10.

The recipe has a good variety of ingredients, to create this healthy low fat caesar salad recipe (272 calories a portion).   Prep  takes a little more that 10 minutes, but overall it’s a quick recipe to make

Rating 7/10

Hairy Bikers Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

Homemade Chicken Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Tesco Finest Skinless Chicken Breast, Tesco British Romaine Lettuce Hearts, Waitrose plum cherry tomatoes, Tesco Finest Ciabatta Bread, John West Anchovy Fillets, Waitrose Garlic, Hellemans Light Mayonnaise, Waitrose Essential Parmesan Cheese

7/10

Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

Ingredients for Hairy Biker’s Warm Chicken Caesar Salad

 

Level of difficulty

This was very simple to prepare, nothing required any particular skill.  The key is to make sure that the chicken is flattened sufficiently, otherwise it will need to cook for longer. 8/10

Time taken to prepare

Very quick to put together.  The chicken took the longest time to cook.

The food

The ingredients were all very fresh and worked well together.  The chicken was really juicy, although it needed a bit more cooking time than the recipe suggested.  I’ve never made a Caesar dressing before, so making a low-fat dressing as a first one was interesting.  The dressing while not rich did have quite a creamy texture and had a great parmesan flavour, but there was a bit too much garlic in it for me.  The ciabatta worked well in the place of croutons, but had a tendency to absorb the juices from the chicken and some was a little soggy. 7/10

 

Hairy Biker's Warm Chicken Caesar Salad

Overall

I enjoyed the salad even though it was low-fat.  It was nice to have warm chicken, which was very juicy and had a great flavour.  If I made it again I would use less garlic. 7/10