Tahini chicken caesar salad

IMG_2991 Yes, friends, my love for tahini is ever strong. Particularly when it comes to adding a little nuttiness to dressings and sauces – you will always find me grabbing for the tahini. IMG_2985 On one such occasion, quite a while ago now, I had a craving for caesar salad. But not the usually calorific caesar salads you will find in the shops or on the cafe menu. Nay – a lightened up version. IMG_2986 With tahini and yoghurt as the main dressing ingredients, jazzed up a little more with the addition of garlic, dijon, lemon juice and worcestershire sauce. IMG_2987 And, as for the rest of the salad, the chicken was given a little citrus kick with another favourite ingredient of mine – lemon pepper! IMG_2983 Grilled then piled upon a bed of dressed crunchy cos lettuce and cucumber. Finished with a sprinkling of parmesan and a boiled egg on the side. IMG_2988 I loved the tangy dressing – of which the tahini was key. Coupled with the zingy grilled chicken…delish! IMG_2989 So easy to put together – and a lovely healthy take on the original. Tahini Caesar Salad Dressing  (serves 2)

  • 2 tbs natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbs tahini
  • 1tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  1. Whisk all ingredients together until well combined. Add a little water if the dressing is too thick. Season to taste.

What about you? What is your favourite homemade dressing?

Chicken salad with lite caesar dressing

IMG_0523 Let’s start the week off, with something that’s a little lighter. For after weeks, nay months, of craving nothing but carbs (and not the ‘good’ kind) I’ve been seizing any hint of salad craving with gusto. On this occasion, it was a chicken salad. IMG_0520 Jazzed up with  some avocado, boiled eggs and beautiful varieties of tomatoes. IMG_0519 Grilled chicken for protein, and drizzled with a homemade caesar dressing – the lite version. IMG_0515 Simply, 2T natural yoghurt, 1/2 T tahini, i clove garlic (crushed), 1 tsp lemon juice and 1/4 tsp ground cumin.  Stirred together and seasoned to taste. IMG_0516 Drizzled over the salad – topped with parmesan – and our lightened up dinner was complete! IMG_0521 I love using yoghurt as a dressing base – for it is full of flavour but not overpowering. Plus it is often far more healthier than its calorie-laden oil or mayo-based counterparts. IMG_0524 As for the salad itself? Well when there are boiled eggs and beautiful fresh tomatoes involved – you can rarely go wrong Winking smile  IMG_0525 What about you? What is your favourite salad dressing?

Chicken caesar salad

Last week we received a cos lettuce in our weekly produce box, and I immediately knew how to put it to good use. For crunchy cos lettuce calls for a caesar salad! I made garlic croutons using sour dough bread, and also grilled some pancetta until it was nice and crispy. As for the all-important caesar dressing, I combined natural yoghurt, parmesan and garlic, to create a rich creamy dressing (but minus some of the calories!) IMG_9245 Then it was time to put it all together…. IMG_9249 Crispy cos lettuce, grilled chicken, pancetta and parmesan, topped with the caesar dressing. IMG_9248 A rather robust salad if I ever did see one! What about you? Are you a fan of caesar salad?

Hail Caesar (Salad)

Training: Body Pump Tonight’s Mystery Box ingredient was not one I was excited about… IMG_5308 Yes anchovies…. IMG_5428 In all their disgusting salty hairy glory…  IMG_5430 Ugh. I cannot stand anchovies, probably due to their texture more than anything. But, in the spirit of the Mystery Box, they had to make an appearance in tonight’s dinner. But what to make? How could I serve anchovies in a way that would hide their horrible texture? Then I had a lightbulb moment….Caesar Salad! Where the anchovies could be hidden in the dressing… IMG_5439 And not left whole. I decided to make a Caesar ‘based’ dressing. I say ‘based’ because it did not contain any eggs, as the traditional Caesar dressing does. IMG_5444 Rather, I ‘healthified’ my version, relying on natural yoghurt, tahini and a dash of mayo to provide the creaminess. IMG_5440 Combined with garlic, anchovies, dijon mustard and lemon juice for an extra flavour kick. No oil required. Then it was on to the next star ingredient of the salad. IMG_5432 Which did contain oil. GF garlic croutons. GF bread, cubed, and sprinkled with my favourite garlic olive oil. IMG_5434 Baked until crispy. IMG_5459 Time to layer. Starting with lettuce and celery… IMG_5445 Bacon and croutons… IMG_5460 Grilled chicken breast..  IMG_5448 And a sprinkle of parmesan.  IMG_5447 And let’s not forget the Caesar dressing (served on the side because I hate when salads are drowned in dressing!) IMG_5453 A new take on an ol’ classic. hehe and just for comparison sake – Mr BBB asked me to post his salad… IMG_5461 Same ingredients – different plating styles lol. Although, I can assure you, by the end both our plates looked like a lot more like this: IMG_5464 Hail Caesar (Salad) indeed! Hail Caesar Dressing (serves 4)

  • 1/2 cup natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbs tahini
  • 1 tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbs dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor until thick and creamy.

What about you? Are you a fan of anchovies? Happy Baking 🙂