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

Shrimp Caesar Salad – MyRecipes

Having previously tried Martha Stewart’s Caesar Salad with Spicy Shrimp, I thought I would try another shrimp recipe and selected Shrimp Caesar Salad from MyRecipes.   The recipe is not advertised as a low-fat caesar salad, but it is only 295 calories a portion.

Shrimp Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Light mayonnaise, Lemon juice, Parmesan, Sriracha, Worcestershire sauce, Garlic, Croutons, Shrimp, Romaine lettuce, Pine nuts, Chives 7/10

Caesar Dressing

Level of difficulty

Depending on whether you make your own croutons, there’s really no cooking involved in this recipe. It’s simply a matter of making the dressing and mixing the ingredients together. 7/10

Homemade croutons

Time taken to prepare

The recipe is very quick. 8/10

Shrimp Caesar Salad

The food

The simplicity and speed of preparation in this recipe was reflected in the flavours. The salad was quite bland.  The shrimp should have been seasoned and the caesar dressing was too citrusy and a little watery. The Sriracha was barely noticeable and a little more might have added something to the recipe. 5/10

Overall

At first glance and looking at the ingredients, the recipe looked as if it could have some really interesting flavours, but in end it was very disappointing and so much more could have been done to enhance it.  I have no doubt that the recipe is low-calorie, but it is also low taste.  Not one I will be trying again. 6.75/10

Shrimp Caesar Salad

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

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

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?