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

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap – Jamie Cooks It Up

For a quick light lunch, I tried out the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up.  This includes a homemade Creamy Caesar Dressing.  The recipe took a little longer than I was expecting as the dressing and chicken took a little while.

Rating 7.5/10

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap from Jamie Cooks It Up by Caesar’s Girl

Ingredients

Chicken Breasts, Olive Oil, Tortilla Wraps, Romaine Lettuce, Baby Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Parmesan Cheese

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap

Ingredients for Creamy Caesar Dressing

Lemon Juice, Red Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Mayonnaise, Milk, Sour Cream, Rapeseed Oil. 8/10

 

Level of difficulty

The preparation and cooking was all very straightforward.  The dressing can be made in a liquidiser or food processor. Care needs to be taken that the chicken is throughly cooked through.  Don’t over fill the wraps, otherwise it will be difficult to fold them. 8/10

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap

Creamy Caesar Dressing

Time taken to prepare

The creamy caesar dressing takes a little while, as it contains quite a few different ingredients.  Grilling the chicken, is not quick and there are quicker ways to cook the chicken. 7/10

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap

Tortilla with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and parmesan

The food

I was unable to get spinach tortilla wraps, so I used plain tortilla wrap instead.  The dressing was really creamy, although I didn’t use very much, I have some left over to use in other dishes.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap

Tortilla with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, parmesan, grilled chicken and caesar dressing

The chicken breast was quite big and so was a little bit dry from grilling.  I prefer to butterfly the chicken breast and pan fry, as this tends to make it a little more moist and takes less time to cook. I don’t mind red onion, but I would omit it next time, as the flavour was a bit overpowering. 7/10

Overall

Other than my inexpert wrapping and a little bit too much onion, this was a really lovely recipe and one that I would definitely try again. 7.5/10

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap from Jamie Cooks It Up by Caesar’s Girl

Steak Caesar Salad Supreme

In search for the best caesar salad recipe around, I tried the Steak Caesar Salad recipe from Food Network by Mama’s Kitchen.  The recipe suggests using a ready-made salad kit, but instead I took the opportunity to try the Caesar Salad Supreme recipe from allrecipes.

Rating 6.75/10 and 7.5/10

Steak Caesar Salad

Steak Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Steak Caesar Salad – Sirloin Steak, Olive Oil, Garlic 5/10

Caesar Salad Supreme – Garlic, Hellmanns Mayonnaise, Waitrose Anchovy Fillets, Waitrose Parmesan Cheese, Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, Maille Dijon Mustard, Fresh Lemon Juice, Waitrose Olive Oil, Waitrose Sourdough, Waitrose Romaine Lettuce 7/10

Ingredients for Steak Caesar Salad

Ingredients for Steak Caesar Salad

 

Level of difficulty

Preparing the steak doesn’t require any particular skills, other than making sure that it doesn’t overcook or burn. 8/10

For the caesar salad the allrecipes website is extremely helpful as it it adjusts the ingredients, depending on how many portions you want to make.  It would be even better if the recipe also adjusted to the number of portions as well.  Using ready-made mayonnaise in the caesar dressing, means that you don’t have to make your own, which can be tricky if you haven’t made mayonnaise before.  It makes it a simple caesar salad dressing. 8/10

Time taken to prepare

The steak takes very little time to prepare and cook.  Be careful not to overcook the meat, as it will be tough. 8/10

Using ready-made mayonnaise cuts down on the time taken to prepare the dressing, which is really quick and simple.  Cooking the croutons adds to the time in this recipe, but it is definitely worth it. 7/10

The Food

The steak had a lovely flavour and was very tender, but it didn’t really stand out for me and  I think it would have been as nice, without the garlic.  If I was going to cook a steak caesar salad again, I think I would use a marinade to add more flavour. 6/10

The dressing was simple to make and because the website adjusted the ingredients, the proportions were exact.  I love croutons made this way.  Although they are a little higher in calories, if you only have a few, it’s definitely worth it.

I treated myself to a new grater, which grates the parmesan very finely. 8/10

John Lewis Grater

John Lewis Grater

Overall

The two recipes worked really well together. The steak was very tender and dressing of the caesar salad did not overpower it.  This was a lovely recipe which was very simple to make and tasted great.  6.75/10 for the steak and 7.5/10 for the caesar salad supreme.

What’s your favourite Steak Caesar Salad recipe?

the baker upstairs chicken caesar salad wraps

I thought that this week I would try a wrap, so I found a great looking, simple recipe, which is the baker upstairs chicken caesar salad wraps.   As the ingredients are given in cups I had to convert to tablespoons and grams, I also halved the ingredients as I was only making two portions.

Rating 7.5/10

the-baker-upstairs-chicken-caesar-salad-wrap

The finished wrap

Ingredients

the baker upstairs Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap

Ingredients

Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise, Waitrose Parmigiano Reggiano, Fresh Lemon Juice, Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, Maille Dijon Mustard, Fresh garlic clove, Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Waitrose British Roast Chicken Breast Fillets, Waitrose essential Romaine Hearts, Waitrose essential Large Tortilla Wraps

7/10

Level of difficulty

The recipe was very simple, although converting to tbsps and grams and reducing the recipe required some thinking about.  There is an art in wrapping the tortilla, but as long as you don’t overfill, it isn’t hard.

8/10

Time taken to prepare

This was quick to make, about 10 minutes, as the chicken was pre-cooked.  If you are cooking the chicken fresh for the recipe it would take considerably longer. I like that the dressing was made in a bowl and everything else was added to it.  It would probably have been even quicker if I had not needed to convert the ingredients and reduce the amounts.

8/10

The food

There was a good balance in the recipe between the filling and the dressing.  I quite like anchovy fillets in my Caesar dressing and I might perhaps try adding an anchovy next time and some seasoning.

7/10

the-baker-upstairs-chicken-caesar-salad-wrap

The finished wrap

Overall

This is the first time I have made a Chicken Caesar Salad wrap and I would definitely do so again.  The flavours were well-rounded and it tasted as good as any shop bought wrap. Despite the low-fat mayonnaise, because of the chicken, oil and tortilla this isn’t a particularly low-calorie recipe, so probably one to avoid if you are watching your weight.

7.5/10

Do you have a favourite Caesar Salad wrap recipe?  What would you recommend?

the-baker-upstairs-chicken-caesar-salad-wrap

The finished wrap