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