How many calories are in Caesar salad?
Caesar salad is one of the most popular salads in the world, for many embodying an example of healthy Mediterranean cuisine. However, this salad can not be called dietary, and it was invented not at the shores of the Mediterranean, but in modern America.
Caloric content of an average portion of Caesar salad with chicken and bacon is up to 600-700 kcal - which is comparable with a full-fledged second dish or even with pizza. Fortunately, to cook a low-calorie and at the same time delicious Caesar is quite easy, and it will take no more than 20 minutes.
Why is Caesar salad so called?
In fact, it is the name of the Caesar salad that is misleading. However, he got his name not because of the Roman emperor, but thanks to his creator, Caesar Cardini, an American of Italian descent. In the 1920s he came up with this salad and made it his specialty.
Since the Cardini restaurant was in Los Angeles, the recipe for this salad fell in love with the Hollywood stars, becoming its main advertisement - and already in the 1930s Caesar salad won the title of "The Greatest American Recipe in the last 50 years" at the culinary exhibition in Paris.
Classic Caesar salad recipe
The original Caesar salad recipe included Romano lettuce leaves, egg yolk, garlic flavored toasts with garlic flavor, Parmesan cheese and traditional Worcestershire sauce( malt, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, sugars, sugars, tamarind extract, onions, garlic and spices).
The way of serving the classic Caesar salad was different from the modern one - large pieces of bread were placed on the large leaves of the lettuce, fried pieces of bread were laid out, then the egg was poached( undercooked egg yolk in the shell), cheese and sauce. Salad was eaten by hands, without using a fork.
Caesar salad with chicken and pineapple
Given the eating habits of Americans, whose classic Caesar salad seemed too "empty and unattractive", his "nutritious" and high-calorie counterparts containing bacon, fried chicken breast, mayonnaise, a double amount of cheese and evenpineapples.
Mexican restaurants began to offer variations of Caesar salad wrapped in a tortilla cake. This experience was adopted in McDonald's, taking the recipe as the basis for one of the most popular dishes in its menu - "Caesar Roll", one serving of which contains more than 700 calories.
Calorie content of Caesar salad
In most cases, the average portion of the usual Caesar salad with chicken contains about 500-600 calories, 15-20 grams of protein( thanks to chicken breast), 10-20 grams of fat( cheese, chicken and olive oil from sauce) andup to 30-40 g of carbohydrates( mainly from crackers and dressings, and not from lettuce leaves).
The most calorie ingredient in a salad is dressing( sauce) - it can contain up to 300 calories per serving. In addition, many "factory" dressings for Caesar salad contain not only classic ingredients, but also glucose-fructose syrup, which is extremely difficult to consider useful.
Low calorie Caesar
The caloric content of one serving of Caesar salad, cooked according to the classic recipe, is only 200 kcal. Most of them( of the order of 100 kcal) fall on crackers, 30-40 kcal for Parmesan cheese, 30-40 kcal for egg yolk, 20-25 kcal for sauce and 5-10 kcal for lettuce leaves.
"Correct" Caesar salad - recipe
Ingredients for 4 servings:
- Romanato salad - 3 medium-sized heads
- Olive oil - half cup and two teaspoons
- Half baguette for cooking crackers
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Juice of two lemons
- 2 chicken eggsyolks will be required)
- 12 drops of Worcestersky sauce
- 120 g of parmesan cheese
- Salt, pepper
It's hardest to prepare special crunches "croutons" - squeeze garlic in half a cup of olive oil;slice the baguette with slices 1 cm thick, place on a baking sheet, gently oil with garlic;dry in their oven, then lightly fry in a frying pan in the remaining oil.
How to prepare Caesar salad?
Prepare the ingredients necessary for the dish - cut the Romano salad, separating the dark leaves and the base of the stump;boil the eggs in boiling water for exactly 1 minute;Squeeze juice from lemons( or use the ready-made lemon juice);Pour the Parmesan cheese on a large grater.
Take a large bowl, mix in it 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 12 drops of Worcesters sauce, salt and pepper, then add the leaves of Romano lettuce and carefully move. Add yolk of eggs, croutons and cheese, again slowly mix. Spread on plates and serve on the table.
A typical variation of Caesar salad with chicken contains up to 600-700 kilocalories per serving, most of which is for sauce and meat. The classic recipe contains only 200 kcal per serving, but this salad is quite different from the Caesar salad we are used to.