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Gordon Ramsay Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

When it comes to a Chicken Caesar Salad, Gordon Ramsay’s recipe is my go-to for a guaranteed hit at the lunch table.

I’ve found that the key to getting it just right is in the quality of the chicken and how it’s cooked – juicy on the inside with a beautifully crisp skin.

I take my time massaging the dressing into the romaine leaves, ensuring every leaf is coated in that creamy, tangy goodness.

It’s a dish that’s both refreshingly light and satisfyingly rich, a testament to Ramsay’s knack for perfecting the everyday salad.

How to Make Gordon Ramsay’s Caesar Salad

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Making a Gordon Ramsay Chicken Caesar Salad is all about quality ingredients and the right technique.

Ingredients

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Olive oil
  • Croutons
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Anchovies
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Egg yolks
  • Black pepper and salt
  • Grilled chicken or shrimp (optional)

For the dressing: Combine anchovies, minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, egg yolks, salt, and black pepper.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Preparing Your Salad Base

Wash your lettuce thoroughly to ensure it’s free from any dirt or debris.

Dry it completely because dressing clings best to dry leaves.

Tear the romaine into bite-size pieces for easy eating.

Step 2: Crafting the Perfect Dressing

Start with the anchovies; finely chop them or mash into a paste.

Whisk in minced garlic for a fragrant punch.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks vigorously, then start adding your olive oil slowly while you continue to whisk.

Once the base is thick and creamy, stir in lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard.

Season with salt and black pepper according to your taste.

Step 3: Bringing It All Together

Toss the lettuce gently with enough dressing to coat the leaves evenly.

Sprinkle in the fresh Parmesan cheese, and give it a gentle mix.

Add the croutons and toss again to distribute them throughout the salad.

Top with slices of grilled chicken or shrimp for an extra protein kick.

Tips and Tricks to Making This Recipe

Choosing the Right Ingredients

I always say, use the freshest romaine lettuce you can find—it will give you that crunch that is so characteristic of a great Caesar salad.

Perfecting the Dressing

You want your Caesar dressing creamy, not watery.

A trick I’ve found is to pour the oil slowly.

This ensures that it emulsifies better with the egg yolks, giving you that rich, satiny texture you’re after.

Flavor Balance Is Key

Don’t be heavy-handed with the anchovies or the garlic.

You’re looking for a balance of flavors, so add these ingredients a little at a time.

Taste as you go to ensure all the flavors mesh well together.

Alternative Proteins

Traditional Caesar salad might have chicken, but don’t shy away from tossing in some grilled shrimp instead.

It’s a tasty twist that pairs beautifully with the creamy dressing and crunchy lettuce.

Serving Suggestions

gordon ramsay chicken caesar salad with croutons

What to Serve with Caesar Salad

I’ve found that the simplicity of a Chicken Caesar Salad pairs beautifully with various sides and beverages.

Dinner:

For a heartier meal, consider pairing your salad with a classic pasta dish.

A creamy carbonara or a light tomato basil spaghetti makes a fulfilling complement.

Sandwiches:

Perhaps something on the side?

An open-faced bruschetta or a garlic bread sandwich adds a satisfying crunch.

Variations and Substitutions

Gordon Ramsay’s Chicken Caesar Salad is known for its creamy Caesar dressing and perfectly cooked chicken.

But don’t be afraid to tweak the recipe to your liking or to accommodate what you have in your kitchen.

Exploring Caesar Salad Variations

Switch Up the Greens

I often swap out romaine for kale or spinach to add a nutritional punch to my Caesar salad.

Grilled Goodness

Amp up the flavor by grilling your chicken instead of pan-frying it.

You’ll adore the smoky undertones it adds to this classic dish.

From Land to Sea

For a pescatarian twist, replace the chicken breasts with grilled shrimp or a flaky fish like salmon.

Vegan Delight

Eliminate animal products altogether by using grilled tofu and a vegan-friendly Caesar dressing.

Trust me, it’s still absolutely delicious!

Delectable Substitutions

Dressing Choices

If you find traditional Caesar dressing too heavy, opt for a lighter vinaigrette.

You’ll maintain the flavor profile without the weight of a creamy dressing.

Anchovy Alternatives

Not a fan of anchovy paste?

Try a dab of umami-rich miso paste to achieve a similar depth of flavor.

Beef it Up

Who says chicken gets to have all the fun?

Substitute steak for a richer, heartier salad that’s sure to satisfy.

Quick and Tasty Seasoning

If time is not on your side, a quick rub using store-bought Cajun or Italian seasonings can work wonders on your protein.

Remember, it’s your salad, so have fun with it!

How to Store Leftover Caesar Salad

After enjoying that scrumptious Caesar salad, you’re probably wondering what to do with the leftovers.

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

First things first, you need to keep your salad as dry as possible.

This is crucial because moisture will make your greens go limp – and no one likes soggy lettuce!

You can use a salad spinner, or gently pat the leaves with a paper towel.

Separate Components

Now, here’s a trick I always use:

Store your dressing, croutons, and lettuce separately.

This keeps everything from getting mushy.

Believe me, when you reassemble the salad, it’ll be like it’s freshly made!

When it comes to packing your greens, an airtight container is your best friend.

Airtight Storage

To retain the best quality, I suggest you store your Caesar salad in the refrigerator and eat it within a day.

The freezer isn’t a great option for any kind of salad, especially Caesar salad because of its delicate ingredients.

As for the fats in your salad, like total fat, polyunsaturated fat, and monounsaturated fat, keeping your salad cold in the fridge will prevent them from going rancid.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

When you’re tackling Gordon Ramsay’s Chicken Caesar Salad, keep your Worcestershire sauce handy but use it wisely.

A dash too much can overpower the dressing’s creamy harmony.

Remember, lemon juice is your friend for that bright zing, but it’s all about balance.

Overdo it, and you’ll find yourself puckering up more than enjoying your salad.

Dijon mustard is the secret to that velvety texture in the dressing, and you can’t just swap it with any regular mustard.

Using the wrong kind could leave your dressing less creamy and more mismatched.

Bread Prep

Make sure it’s toasted to golden perfection—not burnt.

For your croutons, olive oil is preferred over other oils for that authentic taste.

But watch them closely in the pan, as they can go from perfect to charred in a flash.

Cheese Quality

And speaking of consistency, don’t forget the cheese.

But not just any cheese; quality Parmesan freshly grated by your hand makes all the difference.

gordon ramsay chicken caesar salad feat

Gordon Ramsay Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

When it comes to Gordon Ramsay's Chicken Caesar Salad, I've found that the key to getting it just right is in the quality of the chicken and how it's cooked – juicy on the inside with a beautifully crisp skin.
I take my time massaging the dressing into the romaine leaves, ensuring every leaf is coated in that creamy, tangy goodness.
What I adore about this recipe is its balance of simplicity and sophistication.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 4
Ingredients
  
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Olive oil
  • Croutons
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Anchovies
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Egg yolks
  • Black pepper and salt
  • Grilled chicken or shrimp optional
Instructions
 
Step 1: Preparing Your Salad Base
  • Wash your lettuce thoroughly to ensure it's free from any dirt or debris.
  • Dry it completely because dressing clings best to dry leaves.
  • Tear the romaine into bite-size pieces for easy eating.
Step 2: Crafting the Perfect Dressing
  • Start with the anchovies; finely chop them or mash into a paste.
  • Whisk in minced garlic for a fragrant punch.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks vigorously, then start adding your olive oil slowly while you continue to whisk.
  • Once the base is thick and creamy, stir in lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard.
  • Season with salt and black pepper according to your taste.
Step 3: Bringing It All Together
  • Toss the lettuce gently with enough dressing to coat the leaves evenly.
  • Sprinkle in the fresh Parmesan cheese, and give it a gentle mix.
  • Add the croutons and toss again to distribute them throughout the salad.
  • Top with slices of grilled chicken or shrimp for an extra protein kick.

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