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

 

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

Caesar Salad with Seared Tuna and Fresh Anchovies – Hell’s Kitchen

I love fresh tuna and had been looking for a Tuna Caesar Salad Recipe to try.  This caesar salad recipe from Hell’s Kitchen really appealed to me, it looks amazing and had some fantastic ingredients.  I wasn’t able to buy fresh anchovies, so I used anchovy fillets in olive oil. This recipe scored 7.25/10, read on to find out more.

Rating 7.25/10

Caesar Salad with Seared Tuna and Fresh Anchovies

Tuna Caesar Salad – Hell’s Kitchen by Caesar’s Girl

Ingredients

Waitrose fresh tuna steak, Olive Oil, Waitrose little gem lettuce, John West anchovies in olive oil, Waitrose fresh garlic, Waitrose parmesan cheese, Free range egg yolk, Maille dijon mustard, Fresh lemon juice, Lee & Perrins worcestershire sauce. 7/10

Ingredients for Caesar Salad with Seared Tuna and Fresh Anchovies

Tuna Caesar Salad – Hell’s Kitchen by Caesar’s Girl

Level of difficulty

The recipe was very simple and easy to prepare.  Achieving the correct balance of flavours in the dressing, is probably the only  area that might cause problems. 7/10

Time taken to prepare

This was a very quick recipe, the tuna is seared for 2 minutes on each side, this time should be adjusted, depending on the thickness of the tuna.  The caesar salad dressing takes the longest time, but everything can go into a liquidiser or food processor. 8/10

The food

The tuna was simply prepared and really delicious.  The steaks were quite thin, so while they were still pink, they probably didn’t need as much cooking.  I didn’t use fresh anchovies, so that might have  had a slight difference on the flavour, but that the balance of flavours in the caesar salad dressing was overpowered by the amount of dijon mustard that the recipe required.  I think that it would have benefited from a little more grated parmesan in the caesar dressing as well. 7/10

Overall

This is a very quick and simple recipe to throw together and would make a perfect lunch or light supper meal.  The tuna makes a lovely change to the usual chicken caesar salad. For me, the recipe was missing croutons and I would add them, if I made it again.  7.25/10

Caesar Salad with Seared Tuna and Fresh Anchovies

Tuna Caesar Salad – Hell’s Kitchen by Caesar’s Girl

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.

Good Housekeeping Chicken Caesar Salad

I was brought up with Good Housekeeping recipes, so I was really pleased to see that they have a Chicken Caesar Salad recipe.

This was a very simple recipe, although the chicken needed to be pre-cooked as this isn’t included in the recipe.  The recipe does contain uncooked egg, so if you aren’t keen uncooked eggs you can use mayonnaise.

Rating 7/10

Good-Housekeeping-Chicken-Caesar-Salad

Good Housekeeping Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

Ingredients

Waitrose Essential Romaine Lettuce Hearts, Waitrose Ciabatta Bread, Anchovy Fillets, Garlic, Waitrose Essential Parmesan Cheese, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Egg Yolk, Dijon Mustard

Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

Good Housekeeping Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe Ingredients

8/10

 

Level of difficulty

The recipe was very simple, but did require a food processor for the dressing. 7/10

Time taken to prepare

It only took about 10 minutes to prepare (as long as the chicken is pre-cooked).  The dressing took the longest. 7/10

The food

The chicken was fairly plain and could probably have done with more seasoning.  The croutons were very crunchy and frying them was definitely a nicer way to prepare them than in the oven.   The dressing was what stood out for me, the mustard was very discernible and for me this was the most authentic caesar dressing so far.   6/10

 

Overall

The main ingredients of the salad didn’t really stand out, although the croutons worked well.  For me the dressing was what made this recipe and I would definitely make it again. 7/10

Good-Housekeeping-Chicken-Caesar-Salad