Tuna Caesar Salad – Good Chef Bad Chef

At first glance, the ingredients for this recipe look great and I was really looking forward to trying this Tuna Caesar Salad Recipe from Good Chef Bad Chef.   I was somewhat dismayed though when I started to read the recipe.  Find out why I gave this recipe a rating of 6.25/10

Tuna Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Tuna steak, Cos lettuce, Garlic croutons, Poached egg, Bacon, Parmesan, Dijon mustard, Wholegrain mustard, Garlic, Anchovy fillets, Red wine vinegar, Olive oil. 7/10

Garlic Croutons

Level of difficulty

None of the steps to this recipe are particularly difficult, however the recipe itself is not at all detailed.  There is little guidance given on how to make the croutons, no step by step guide to making the dressing, no instructions on when to add the tuna, herbs or pickled anchovies.  The recipe suggests using a vinegar reduction, but gives no guidance on how to do this.  It would have been more helpful if links had been provided to the various more complex steps, if they weren’t going to be included in the recipe. 6/10

Caesar Vinaigrette

Time taken to prepare

The recipe appears to have only 6 steps to it, but this is because there are a large number of steps (such as making the dressing), missing.   There are quite a few elements that require cooking (croutons, bacon, tuna) and the recipe does take some time.  6/10

Seared Tuna Steak

The food

Personally I think that there too many competing flavours in this recipe.  The dressing while pleasant, was definitely a caesar vinaigrette, rather than a more traditional caesar dressing.  The vinegar reduction made the dressing quite overpowering.   Including tuna, bacon and egg in the recipe is probably unnecessary and perhaps excluding the bacon would have been better.  6/10

Lettuce, Bacon and Croutons

Overall

The dish wasn’t unpleasant, but I would describe it as a tuna, bacon and egg salad, rather than a Tuna Caesar Salad.  The recipe should be re-written to give more guidance on the preparation required and the bacon should be removed.  I would also substitute the dressing for a caesar dressing. 6.25/10

Tuna Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad with Seared Tuna and Fresh Anchovies – Hell’s Kitchen

I love fresh tuna and had been looking for a Tuna Caesar Salad Recipe to try.  This caesar salad recipe from Hell’s Kitchen really appealed to me, it looks amazing and had some fantastic ingredients.  I wasn’t able to buy fresh anchovies, so I used anchovy fillets in olive oil. This recipe scored 7.25/10, read on to find out more.

Rating 7.25/10

Caesar Salad with Seared Tuna and Fresh Anchovies

Tuna Caesar Salad – Hell’s Kitchen by Caesar’s Girl

Ingredients

Waitrose fresh tuna steak, Olive Oil, Waitrose little gem lettuce, John West anchovies in olive oil, Waitrose fresh garlic, Waitrose parmesan cheese, Free range egg yolk, Maille dijon mustard, Fresh lemon juice, Lee & Perrins worcestershire sauce. 7/10

Ingredients for Caesar Salad with Seared Tuna and Fresh Anchovies

Tuna Caesar Salad – Hell’s Kitchen by Caesar’s Girl

Level of difficulty

The recipe was very simple and easy to prepare.  Achieving the correct balance of flavours in the dressing, is probably the only  area that might cause problems. 7/10

Time taken to prepare

This was a very quick recipe, the tuna is seared for 2 minutes on each side, this time should be adjusted, depending on the thickness of the tuna.  The caesar salad dressing takes the longest time, but everything can go into a liquidiser or food processor. 8/10

The food

The tuna was simply prepared and really delicious.  The steaks were quite thin, so while they were still pink, they probably didn’t need as much cooking.  I didn’t use fresh anchovies, so that might have  had a slight difference on the flavour, but that the balance of flavours in the caesar salad dressing was overpowered by the amount of dijon mustard that the recipe required.  I think that it would have benefited from a little more grated parmesan in the caesar dressing as well. 7/10

Overall

This is a very quick and simple recipe to throw together and would make a perfect lunch or light supper meal.  The tuna makes a lovely change to the usual chicken caesar salad. For me, the recipe was missing croutons and I would add them, if I made it again.  7.25/10

Caesar Salad with Seared Tuna and Fresh Anchovies

Tuna Caesar Salad – Hell’s Kitchen by Caesar’s Girl