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

 

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

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

Telegraph Healthy Caesar Salad Recipe

The Telegraph Healthy Caesar Salad appealed to me, as it’s not your usual Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan and Croutons.  The recipe lost a few points for me, for the length of time it took to take prepare, it made up for it overall though with the flavours.

Rating 7/10

Healthy Caesar Salad

Healthy Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Cherry Tomatoes,Balsamic Vinegar, Golden Caster Sugar, Baby Gem Lettuce, Smoked Pancetta, Parmesan, Caesar Dressing, Butter, Anchovy Fillets, Garlic, Crusty Bread

 

Ingredients for Healthy Caesar Salad

Healthy Caesar Salad Ingredients

9/10

Level of difficulty

Clarifying the butter and slicing the lettuce (without them falling apart) is probably the hardest thing in the recipe.  There is nothing technically difficult, however there is a lot to juggle to make this complex recipe, which is why have given it slightly a slightly lower score.

6/10

Time taken to prepare

Pangrattato

Pangrattato

Wow, this took about 3 hours!  For a side dish, I probably

Waitrose Cherry Plum Tomatoes

Waitrose Cherry Plum Tomatoes

wouldn’t make this again unless it was a special occasion. Most of the time was taken roasting the tomatoes, although the pangrattato  also takes quite some time.  I don’t think the tomatoes need anywhere near as long as the recipe suggests and it could probably be completed in about half the time.

4/10

The food

What this recipe loses in preparation time, it more than makes up for in flavour.  The taste is quite complex and it is worth spending the time to make the pangrattato.  The pangrattato was quite fishy, so I would probably use slightly less anchovy fillets if I made it again. The roasted cherry tomatoes are sweet and work really well with the balsamic vinegar.  The dish was slightly too salty, so I would add salt sparingly.

9/10

Overall

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Healthy Caesar Salad

 

As long as you have plenty of time to make this dish, then it’s definitely worth it.  It’s not an everyday dish, but for a special occasion it would make a lovely side dish.   I added pan-fried chicken breasts to make it a slightly more substantial meal.

7/10