BLT Caesar Pasta Salad – Divas Can Cook

Before I became obsessed by Caesar Salad, my favourite food was pasta.  I’m a bit of a carb fiend and pasta quenches my thirst for carbs.  It’s not just the carb fix though, there are so many versatile ways to cook with pasta and it’s such a quick, easy and convenient staple to have in the cupboard.

So I was never going to be doing this for very long, before finding a great Pasta and Caesar Salad dish, it’s like a dream come true.  This BLT Caesar Pasta Recipe  from Divas Can Cook looked like a simple and delicious recipe.

Rating 7.75/10

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad

Ingredients

Pasta, bacon, cherry tomatoes, black olives, caesar dressing, romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons 8/10

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad

Ingredients for BLT Caesar Pasta Salad

Level of difficulty

Preparation is very simple and if you use a ready-made caesar dressing, it really is just a matter of putting everything together. 8/10

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad

Croutons

Time taken to prepare

This took a little longer than the recipe, mainly because I didn’t use mini pasta and I also made fresh croutons.  Using ready make dressing also saves on time, it would take longer if you used a good caesar dressing recipe. 8/10

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad

Crispy bacon bits

The food

I used some creamy caesar dressing that I had left over, which worked very well with this recipe and it’s definitely worthwhile using a good quality caesar dressing. The flavours weren’t particularly complex and I would add black pepper, if you like a bit more flavour.  If you are look for something a bit different, the recipe would work well if you wanted to add chicken, salmon or tuna.  7/10

Overall

Cooking this recipe has encouraged me to seek out more pasta caesar recipes, as I think that the caesar flavours work with pasta. For a simple and quick meal, this works well, but it would be worth making fresh pasta and using a homemade dressing if you really want to add your own stamp to this dish.  7.75/10

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad

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?

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

Gordon Ramsay’s Big Caesar Salad Recipe

I haven’t really tried many Gordon Ramsay recipes and the Big Caesar Salad Recipe was developed for his homecooking programme. It’s definitely the best recipe I have tried so far and has my highest review score rating of 7.75/10

Gordon Ramsay Big Caesar Salad by Caesar's Girl

Gordon Ramsay Big Caesar Salad by Caesar’s Girl

Ingredients

Sourdough, Felippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Waitrose Parmigiano Reggiano, Waitrose essential Romaine Hearts, Waitrose Chicken Breast Fillets, Egg Yolk, Waitrose Essential Red Wine Vinegar, Maille Dijon Mustard, John West Anchovy Fillets in Olive Oil, Fresh garlic clove, Fresh Lemon Juice

8/10

Big Caesar Salad Ingredients by Caesar's Girl

Big Caesar Salad Ingredients by Caesar’s Girl

Level of difficulty

There was nothing complicated about the recipe, although there were quite a few elements to juggle, to pull it all together.  The recipe specifies that olive oil should be added until the mixture emulsifies, if you don’t know what this means then you might have difficulties.

8/10

Time taken to prepare

This took about 30 minutes to prepare, mainly because there is lots going on.  It’s definitely worth taking the time with this recipe, as it really adds to the flavours.

7/10

The food

The croutons were great in this recipe, probably the best recipe for croutons so far. Cooking the chicken this way is quick and still leaves the chicken very juicy.  The dressing was more of a mayonnaise than a caesar and the vinegar was quite distinctive.  The lemon juice should be used sparingly.

8/10

Overall

Gordon Ramsay Big Caesar Salad by Caesar's Girl

Gordon Ramsay Big Caesar Salad by Caesar’s Girl

 

I really enjoyed this recipe.  There was a lot to do, but it is well worth it, if you have the time. The recipe does contain raw egg yolk, so probably best avoid it if your pregnant.  I would definitely try it again.

7.75/10

Have you tried the recipe? Let me know what you think.