Gordon Ramsay’s Devilled Caesar Salad with Parma Ham

I have previously tried Gordon Ramsay’s Big Caesar Salad Recipe, so I was interested to see that there was a low-fat caesar salad recipe in his Healthy Appetite cookbook.   I rated his last recipe 7.75/10, so I was keen to see whether his Devilled Caesar Salad with Parma ham would get the same rating.

Gordon Ramsay's Devilled Caesar Salad

 

Ingredients

Parma ham, Olive oil, Ciabatta, Baby gem, Marinated fresh anchovy fillets, Parmesan, Garlic, Salted anchovy fillets, Paprika, Worcestershire sauce, Natural yogurt 7/10

Lettuce

Level of difficulty

The recipe isn’t difficult, but does require frying the parma ham and toasting the ciabatta 7/10

Parma ham

Time taken to prepare

The recipe doesn’t take long to prepare, but it takes about 10-15 minutes to make the dressing, fry the ham and ciabatta 7/10

Lettuce, croutons and parma ham

The food

The dressing was low-fat and used natural yogurt as a base.  There was a little to much garlic in the dressing for me, so I would probably use a little less. The parma ham is quite salty, which overpowered the salad a bit.  Using less ham would give a better balance.  I haven’t used fresh  anchovy fillets in a salad before and they weren’t as strong as I thought they might be 7/10

Lettuce, croutons parma ham and marinated anchovy fillets

Overall

As a lower-fat caesar salad, this was pleasant and if you rebalance the parma ham and garlic, then overall it’s a tasty salad.  The portion isn’t particularly large, so this is definitely a side salad 7/10

Gordon Ramsay's Devilled Caesar Salad

 

 

Chicken Caesar Salad at The Horseshoe – Warlingham

Farleigh Road
Warlingham
Surrey
CR6 9EG

Mon-Thur 11am-11pm
Fri-Sat       11am-11.30pm
Sun             12pm-10.30pm

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rating 7.8/10

The Horseshoe Warlingham

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

The Horseshoe is easy to find and is located next to the White Lion. There is a small carpark, but limited spaces for the size of the pub.  There is plenty of parking around the area though.

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Inside was clean and busy and had quite a buzz (there are much better photos on their website)

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Plenty of tables, both inside and out and includes a conservatory area.

Menu - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Menu – The Horseshoe, Warlingham

A good menu with plenty of pub options, including a Sunday carvery. There is a full menu is available on their website.  I chose the chicken caesar salad.

Chicken Caesar Salad - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Chicken Caesar Salad

The chicken caesar salad arrived and looked good.

Chicken Caesar Salad - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Chicken Caesar Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Horseshoe is a fairly local pub, which I have visited before for an evening drink, but I have never eaten there. It is a Barons Pub, so the menu is standard across the group.   It is a popular destination for families at the weekend and seems family friendly.

Upon entering – the pub is quite dark when you enter, but it seemed well maintained and clean.  It was fairly busy and had a good atmosphere.   The pub is quite big and there is plenty of seating.  We hadn’t booked and they were able to find us a table very easily, although we were told that we would need to give it up for a second sitting.  I would definitely book if I was going to eat there again. 8/10

Service – Our drinks order was taken almost as soon as we sat down and menus were delivered very quickly.  All of the wait staff were very attentive and we were asked several times throughout the meal, whether everything was to our liking.  They made a special point of having a chat with each of the tables. 9/10

Ingredients – Warm chicken breast, lettuce (possibly baby gem), assorted croutons, anchovy fillets, caesar dressing and parmesan cheese. 8/10

Presentation – The salad was presented well and looked attractive.  The portion wasn’t enormous, but was sufficient. 7/10

The food – All the ingredients appeared to be very fresh and good quality. The chicken breast was warm and had a lovely flavour. The lettuce was shredded and while I don’t want very large lettuce leaves, it was actually quite hard to eat as the bits were very small. I wasn’t certain, but I think the lettuce was possibly baby gem lettuce, which I find quite bitter. The croutons were fresh and very crunchy and seemed to be assorted breads (some dark, possibly rye, some light). The anchovy fillets were fairly standard and just the right amount, as they can be overpowering if there are too many. The dressing was OK, but I have tasted better, I prefer my Caesar dressing to have a slightly more distinctive flavour and this was a bit bland. The parmesan cheese shavings were fresh, with just the right proportion to balance the dish. 7/10

Value for money – The chicken caesar salad was £10.50, which was a reasonable price.  On a Sunday though, you can pay only £2 more for the carvery. 8/10

Overall – A lovely lunch and we had plenty of time to eat and didn’t feel that we were being rushed to leave before the table was required for the next sitting. The service was excellent and all the food was fresh and good quality. I would recommend booking. 7.8/10

We were tempted into finishing our meal with the Strawberry Pavlova, as we saw lots of other diners having it.  It was a large portion and perfect for sharing.  It tasted delicious. 9/10

Strawberry Pavlova - The Horseshoe, Warlingham

Strawberry Pavlova – The Horseshoe, Warlingham

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

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