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 Pasta Salad Recipe – MyRecipes

I may have mentioned before that pasta is almost as high on my list of favourite foods, as Caesar Salad.  When you basil to the combination, you have a pretty perfect meal in my opinion.  The Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe from MyRecipes looked like a great dish to try.

Caesar Pasta Salad

Ingredients

Pasta, Garlic, Anchovies, Lemon juice, Mayonnaise, Olive oil, Cherry tomatoes, Parmesan, Romaine lettuce, Fresh basil. 6/10

Caesar Dressing

Level of difficulty

There are only 4 steps to this recipe, which is pretty simple. 8/10

Pasta, Tomatoes and caesar dressing

Time taken to prepare

Most of the ingredients can be prepared while the pasta is cooking.  The recipe does however recommend letting the pasta stand for 10 minutes, which adds to the preparation time.  The dressing was very quick. 7/10

Romaine Lettuce and Caesar Dressing

The food

Pasta, parmesan and basil are always a great combination for me.  There was lots of parmesan used in the recipe and the dressing added a lovely caesar twist.  The dressing was a bit citrusy for me, but was still pleasant.  The flavour overall was pleasant, but didn’t really have a great deal of depth. 7/10

Overall

This was a good simple pasta dish, which would be easy to put together in a hurry and didn’t really require any special ingredients. If you’re looking for a quick supper dish for the family this would be great, but it’s not really a special occasion recipe. 7/10

Caesar Pasta 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

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

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

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?