Mixed-leaf Caesar Salad – Delia Online

This Mixed-leaf Caesar Salad from Delia Online looked like a quick and easy recipe and Delia Smith recipes are usually straight forward and relatively simple.  I made the recipe as a main dish, but with hindsight it would work better as a side dish.

rating 7/10

Mixed-leaf Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Cos lettuce, Mixed leaves, Rocket leaves, Anchovy fillets in olive oil, Parmesan, Sourdough bread, Olive oil, Parmesan, Garlic, Egg, Lime juice, Mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce. 6/10

Garlic Parmesan Croutons

Level of difficulty

The dressing can be tricky if you haven’t made a mayonnaise before.  It’s important to make sure that the ingredients are measured correctly, if you want a creamy dressing. 7/10

Mixed Salad Leaves

Time taken to prepare

The croutons and dressing take a little while to prepare.  For a relatively simple recipe, that would make a great side dish, it does take a little longer that you would expect. 7/10

Mixed Salad Leaves with Caesar Dressing

The food

I was really looking forward to the garlic, parmesan croutons, which smelled delicious while they were cooking.  The end result was a bit too subtle and a little more parmesan would have enhanced the flavour.  Having a mix of lettuces added a good dimension to the salad. The lime juice added a tangy flavour to the dressing and mixing the parmesan through with the dressing gave a lovely cheesy taste. I enjoyed the anchovies in the salad, but if you are squeamish about them you might find them overpowering. 8/10

Mixed Salad Leaves with Parmesan Cheese

Overall

Although not containing any particularly unusual ingredients, the combination of flavours created a pleasant salad.  I wouldn’t make this salad as a main dish, but it would definitely add a great dimension as a side dish. 7/10

Mixed-leaf Caesar Salad

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

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

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

Chicken Caesar Salad at The Horseshoe – Warlingham

Farleigh Road
Warlingham
Surrey
CR6 9EG

Mon-Thur 11am-11pm
Fri-Sat       11am-11.30pm
Sun             12pm-10.30pm

Website

Follow on Facebook

Follow on Twitter

rating 7.8/10

The Horseshoe Warlingham

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

The Horseshoe is easy to find and is located next to the White Lion. There is a small carpark, but limited spaces for the size of the pub.  There is plenty of parking around the area though.

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Inside was clean and busy and had quite a buzz (there are much better photos on their website)

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Plenty of tables, both inside and out and includes a conservatory area.

Menu - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Menu – The Horseshoe, Warlingham

A good menu with plenty of pub options, including a Sunday carvery. There is a full menu is available on their website.  I chose the chicken caesar salad.

Chicken Caesar Salad - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Chicken Caesar Salad

The chicken caesar salad arrived and looked good.

Chicken Caesar Salad - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Chicken Caesar Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Horseshoe is a fairly local pub, which I have visited before for an evening drink, but I have never eaten there. It is a Barons Pub, so the menu is standard across the group.   It is a popular destination for families at the weekend and seems family friendly.

Upon entering – the pub is quite dark when you enter, but it seemed well maintained and clean.  It was fairly busy and had a good atmosphere.   The pub is quite big and there is plenty of seating.  We hadn’t booked and they were able to find us a table very easily, although we were told that we would need to give it up for a second sitting.  I would definitely book if I was going to eat there again. 8/10

Service – Our drinks order was taken almost as soon as we sat down and menus were delivered very quickly.  All of the wait staff were very attentive and we were asked several times throughout the meal, whether everything was to our liking.  They made a special point of having a chat with each of the tables. 9/10

Ingredients – Warm chicken breast, lettuce (possibly baby gem), assorted croutons, anchovy fillets, caesar dressing and parmesan cheese. 8/10

Presentation – The salad was presented well and looked attractive.  The portion wasn’t enormous, but was sufficient. 7/10

The food – All the ingredients appeared to be very fresh and good quality. The chicken breast was warm and had a lovely flavour. The lettuce was shredded and while I don’t want very large lettuce leaves, it was actually quite hard to eat as the bits were very small. I wasn’t certain, but I think the lettuce was possibly baby gem lettuce, which I find quite bitter. The croutons were fresh and very crunchy and seemed to be assorted breads (some dark, possibly rye, some light). The anchovy fillets were fairly standard and just the right amount, as they can be overpowering if there are too many. The dressing was OK, but I have tasted better, I prefer my Caesar dressing to have a slightly more distinctive flavour and this was a bit bland. The parmesan cheese shavings were fresh, with just the right proportion to balance the dish. 7/10

Value for money – The chicken caesar salad was £10.50, which was a reasonable price.  On a Sunday though, you can pay only £2 more for the carvery. 8/10

Overall – A lovely lunch and we had plenty of time to eat and didn’t feel that we were being rushed to leave before the table was required for the next sitting. The service was excellent and all the food was fresh and good quality. I would recommend booking. 7.8/10

We were tempted into finishing our meal with the Strawberry Pavlova, as we saw lots of other diners having it.  It was a large portion and perfect for sharing.  It tasted delicious. 9/10

Strawberry Pavlova - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Strawberry Pavlova – The Horseshoe, Warlingham