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

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches – Iowa Girl Eats

I really enjoy a chicken caesar salad wrap, so I thought I would try this Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich from Iowa Girl Eats.

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Ingredients

Chicken, Caesar dressing, Parmesan cheese, Parsley flakes, Romaine lettuce, Sandwich thins, Butter, Garlic powder. 7/10

Poached Chicken Breast

Level of difficulty

The recipe is straightforward.  You do need to keep an eye on the sandwich thins though, to make sure they don’t burn. 8/10.

Shredded Poached Chicken

Time taken to prepare

The chicken takes a while to poach and the recipe then suggests waiting for it to cool a while before mixing it with the dressing and other ingredients.  It’s not a throw it together sandwich. 6/10

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

The food

I find poached chicken a little bit bland, but it does stay fairly juicy when cooked this way. I liked the way the chicken, dressing and parmesan are mixed together over a heat, before going into the bread.  A good quality caesar dressing is essential for this recipe. The garlic powder was a subtle flavouring, as fresh garlic would probably have been overpowering in this recipe. I have never cooked with sandwich thins before and I’m not sure I really like them.  I would probably use pitta or a bap if I made it again.  7/10

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Overall

This was a great sandwich and as if you prepare the chicken in advance, it wouldn’t take long to cook. 7/10

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad – Martha Stewart

I have tried a couple of Martha Stewart recipes and this Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad looked popular and had some slightly different ingredients.  It was only when I started preparing it, I realised that this is quite a low-calorie chicken caesar salad.

Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Low-fat buttermilk, Lemon juice, Garlic, Parmesan cheese, Chicken breast, Multigrain bread, Olive oil, Light mayonnaise, Romaine lettuce, Radicchio. 6/10

Buttermilk Caesar Salad Dressing

 

Level of difficulty

The recipe doesn’t have any particularly difficult steps, however care always needs to be taken when cooking chicken, that it is cooked through. 7/10

Multigrain bread croutons

Time taken to prepare

The chicken needs to marinate before cooking, which takes a bit of time.  The recipe suggests a minimum of 15 minutes, which is fine to prepare the remaining ingredients.  However, if you want to marinate for longer, you will need to allow plenty of time.  Cooking the chicken also takes some time. 6/10

Lettuce, Racicchio and Caesar Dressing

The food

The dressing was light and the buttermilk made it quite creamy without being particularly high calorie.  The croutons were different and definitely a healthy option, using a minimal amount of olive oil.  The flavours weren’t disappointing, but nor did they really jump out as particularly exiting. 6/10

Overall

The recipe isn’t labelled as low-calorie, however there calorie content of this makes it quite a healthy chicken caesar salad.  If you’re looking for a light option caesar salad, then this is one to try, but personally I think that there are recipes that are equally low-calorie, but have more flavour. 6.25/10

Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad

 

Caesar Club Sandwich – Food Network

The ingredients for this Caesar Club Sandwich from Food Network, really appealed to me.  The traditional caesar all crammed into delicious ciabatta bread. This is the first time that I have prepared a dressing using anchovy paste and I was interested to see how the flavour would differ to anchovies in oil.

I gave this recipe a fabulous 8/10!

Caesar Club Sandwich

Ingredients

Chicken breasts, Olive oil, Pancetta, Garlic, Parsley, Anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Lemon juice, Mayonnaise, Ciabatta bread, Rocket, Sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan 8/10

Caesar Club Sandwich

Level of difficulty

The recipe is very simple, you could probably make the dressing without a food processor, but it is smoother if you use one. 8/10

Caesar Club Sandwich

Time taken to prepare

There is quite a bit of prep for this dish, but most of the ingredients that need to be cooked, can be prepared simultaneously. I used boneless chicken breast, which didn’t take as long to cook as the recipe suggests. 7.5/10

Caesar Club Sandwich

The food

This caesar club sandwich is packed with fabulous flavours. The dressing is really tasty, it could probably have done with being a little bit thicker.  The flavours in the dressing were quite zesty and the anchovy paste seemed to add a slightly more smoky flavour than anchovy fillets. The pancetta and chicken work really well together and the flavours complimented each other.  The sun-dried tomatoes were strong, but as long as you enjoy their flavour, they are great in this dish.  The parmesan and rocket add a final caesar twist to this club.  I used individual ciabatta, which were lovely and fresh.  They were  quite small and with hindsight a bigger loaf might have worked better, to contain all the fabulous ingredients.  8.5/10

Caesar Club Sandwich

Overall

I thought this sandwich was amazing.  From the lovely fresh ciabatta, to the intense sun-dried tomatoes and the salty pancetta, every mouthful was a flavour packed winner.  I will definitely be trying this again and this recipe deserves the very high rating of 8/10.

Caesar Club Sandwich

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe – Taste.com.au

This Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad recipe from Taste.com.au, combines some of the traditional caesar salad ingredients, with some low-fat variances to produce a delicious and healthy chicken caesar salad.

I gave this recipe a well deserved rating of 7.75/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

 

Ingredients

Sourdough bread, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Dijon Mustard, Chicken Breast, Prosciutto, Anchovy, White Wine Vinegar, Low-fat Natural Yoghurt, Low-fat Mayonnaise, Parmesan, Cos Lettuce. 8/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

Level of difficulty

The recipe is simple to prepare, the dressing uses a ready-made mayonnaise, so there is no need to worry about eggs and oil. 8/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

Time taken to prepare

The chicken is cooked in the oven, but doesn’t take too long.  I actually cooked the chicken for a little longer than the recipe suggested, as you need to be careful to make sure that it is thoroughly cooked.  7/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

The food

The croutons could have done with being at a slightly higher temperature to give a more golden colour, but for a low-fat option the flavour was very good.  Although there was very little prosciutto, it added a great flavour to this recipe. The chicken being steamed in a parcel, was lovely and moist and had absorbed the lemon and garlic.  The dressing was the best low-fat caesar dressing that I have tried so far, there were a lot of ingredients, but they all worked really well together to produce a light dressing, which still had the great caesar flavour. 8/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

Overall

If you are watching your weight, but still crave a great caesar salad, then this recipe is definitely a winner.  As there is no oil used, the dish is very light, but still maintains a fab mix of flavours and you don’t feel that there is anything missing. The dressing is great and it should be easy to make up in batches if you want something light to hand when the caesar salad cravings start. 7.75/10

Low-fat Chicken Caesar Salad

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