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

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

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

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.