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

Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp – Fine Cooking

I was looking forward to trying this Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp Recipe from Fine Cooking. The zesty, peppered shrimp seemed promising, as an alternative to the usual chicken.  I had never used an egg substitute in a dressing before, so I was interested to see how this would turn out.

Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Ingredients

French bread, Olive oil, Garlic, Shrimp, Lemon zest, Lemon juice, Pasteurised egg substitute, Anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan cheese, Romaine lettuce. 7/10

Raw Shrimp

Level of difficulty

The majority of the recipe is relatively simple to put together, but using the egg substitute made judging the proportions quite difficult and the dressing didn’t really turn out as a mayonnaise.  Using an egg substitute is sensible if you are pregnant or worried about salmonella, but I wouldn’t use it again to make a mayonnaise.  6/10

Garlic Croutons

Time taken to prepare

There were quite a few different ingredients to pull together for this recipe, but it’s quite easy to prepare them simultaneously. Overall the recipe didn’t take long to prepare. 7/10

Lemon Pepper Shrimp

The food

The croutons were crunchy, but the garlic flavour didn’t really come through.  The shrimp was tasty, but the lemon and pepper wasn’t as distinctive as I would have expected and I was hoping,  A little more of each would have enhanced the flavour.  The dressing wasn’t particularly successful and I wouldn’t call it a caesar dressing. 6/10

Homemade Caesar Dressing

Lettuce, Caesar Dressing, Parmesan Cheese and Croutons

Overall

The ingredients and recipe promised quite a lot, but the recipe didn’t really work for me.  The whole dish was a bit bland and more could have been done with the shrimp, croutons and dressing.  I shall continue to search for the ultimate Shrimp Caesar Salad. 6.5/10

Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp