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

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

 

Carla Hall’s Turkey Caesar Salad With Leftover Croutons

Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, there’s bound to be Turkey and Stuffing left over at this time of the year.  Try this fab fun Turkey Caesar Salad with leftover croutons from Carla Hall.

Turkey Caesar Salad with Leftover Croutons

 

Ingredients

Romaine lettuce, Cooked turkey, Dried cranberries, Parmesan cheese, Dressing/Stuffing, Olive oil, Anchovy fillets, Garlic, Sherry vinegar, Lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard. 8/10

Stuffing Croutons

Level of difficulty

This is an easy recipe mainly using leftovers. 8/10

Turkey

Time taken to prepare

The croutons need to be cooked in the oven, but everything else can be prepared while they are cooking. 7/10

Caesar Dressing

The food

The dressing had a bit too much garlic and some parmesan in the dressing would have worked.  Other than the garlic, the dressing was pleasant and the sherry vinegar gave it quite a distinctive flavour.  The cranberries, turkey and croutons worked well together, but the parmesan wasn’t really a flavour that I would put with the turkey and stuffing. 8/10

Lettuce, Turkey, Croutons, Cranberries

Overall

This is a little taste of Thanksgiving/Christmas in a salad bowl.  While I wouldn’t really call it a caesar salad, the overall taste was great and this is definitely a salad that I would make again. 7.75/10

Turkey Caesar Salad with Leftover Croutons

Salmon Caesar Salad – Clean and Delicious

I thought it was time to try a Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe and found this one from Clean and Delicious.  It took a while to find fresh fennel, as it was out of season and I was really hoping that it was going to be worth the effort.

Salmon Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Garlic, Anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Non fat Greek yoghurt, Sourdough bread, Wild Salmon, Romaine lettuce, Fennel, Tomato, Asparagus spears, Parmesan cheese.  6/10

Quick croutons

Level of difficulty

This recipe is mostly chopping and combining, so there is nothing too complicated. However the salmon does need to be cooked in advance and the asparagus steamed.  7/10

Caesar salad dressing

Time taken to prepare

Perhaps if the ingredients are prepared in advance, as the recipe suggests, then it doesn’t take too long to make this dish.  However if you need to cook the salmon, steam the asparagus, chop the remaining salad ingredients and prepare the dressing, it will take some time.  6/10

Cooked wild salmon

The food

The salad was not at all what I was expecting and I found the fennel too overpowering for this dish.  The flavour of the salmon was completely lost and I think that the recipe was trying to be more than it really was.  The dressing while not unpleasant and undoubtedly low-calorie, was more of a yoghurt dressing than a caesar dressing.  I usually enjoy both asparagus and tomato, but I didn’t really feel that they worked in this caesar salad.  4/10

Lettuce, asparagus, fennel, tomato and caesar dressing

Overall

This recipe was quite a disappointment for me.  With ingredients such as salmon and asparagus, I think there would be more enjoyable ways to prepare them.  There were too many competing flavours in this salad for my taste and I think something a little simpler would have worked better. 5.75/10

Salmon 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

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