Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp – Fine Cooking

I was looking forward to trying this Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp Recipe from Fine Cooking. The zesty, peppered shrimp seemed promising, as an alternative to the usual chicken.  I had never used an egg substitute in a dressing before, so I was interested to see how this would turn out.

Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Ingredients

French bread, Olive oil, Garlic, Shrimp, Lemon zest, Lemon juice, Pasteurised egg substitute, Anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan cheese, Romaine lettuce. 7/10

Raw Shrimp

Level of difficulty

The majority of the recipe is relatively simple to put together, but using the egg substitute made judging the proportions quite difficult and the dressing didn’t really turn out as a mayonnaise.  Using an egg substitute is sensible if you are pregnant or worried about salmonella, but I wouldn’t use it again to make a mayonnaise.  6/10

Garlic Croutons

Time taken to prepare

There were quite a few different ingredients to pull together for this recipe, but it’s quite easy to prepare them simultaneously. Overall the recipe didn’t take long to prepare. 7/10

Lemon Pepper Shrimp

The food

The croutons were crunchy, but the garlic flavour didn’t really come through.  The shrimp was tasty, but the lemon and pepper wasn’t as distinctive as I would have expected and I was hoping,  A little more of each would have enhanced the flavour.  The dressing wasn’t particularly successful and I wouldn’t call it a caesar dressing. 6/10

Homemade Caesar Dressing

Lettuce, Caesar Dressing, Parmesan Cheese and Croutons

Overall

The ingredients and recipe promised quite a lot, but the recipe didn’t really work for me.  The whole dish was a bit bland and more could have been done with the shrimp, croutons and dressing.  I shall continue to search for the ultimate Shrimp Caesar Salad. 6.5/10

Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp

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

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

Crab Salad with Caesar Vinaigrette

In a change from the usual Chicken Caesar Salad, this week I tried the Crab Salad with Caesar Vinaigrette from Food & Wine. I’m presuming that the jumbo lump crabmeat would be best fresh in this recipe, but as I was unable to get fresh crab, I used tinned.

Rating 7.25/10

Crab Salad with Caesar Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Anchovies, Garlic, Red Wine Vinegar, Dijon Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Olive Oil, Parmesan, Lump Crabmeat, Chives, Tarragon, Roasted Red Pepper, Romaine Lettuce. 6/10

Crab Salad with Caesar Vinaigrette

Level of difficulty

The recipe is very easy, nothing more difficult is required than mixing. 8/10

Crab Salad with Caesar Vinaigrette

Time taken to prepare

There’s no cooking required, so the recipe takes only a short while to pull together.  8/10

Crab Salad with Caesar Vinaigrette

The food

This dish was different to a traditional caesar salad and the crab made a delicious change to the usual chicken.   I was unable to get white anchovies, but I’m not sure whether it would have made any difference to the flavour. The vinaigrette was tasty and had subtle hints of caesar, but that was about as close to a caesar as this salad got.  The roasted red peppers had a lovely sweet flavour. 7/10

Overall

This was an enjoyable salad in itself and the peppers added a great flavour.  7.25/10

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

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