Salads and Sides - Grilled Caesar Salad

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09-09-2009, 04:28 PM
Sounds strange, but a light grilling brings out a deeper flavor from romaine lettuce. It looks very pretty on a large platter, and I often serve this to guests.

Grilled Caesar Salad--Serves 4

2 heads romaine lettuce
Cooking spray, like PAM
2 large garden tomatoes, chopped, or 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
Whole wheat croutons or toasted walnuts(optional)

2 Tbs. rice wine or good favorite vinegar
1 tsp. dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 anchovy or 1 tsp. anchovy paste
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs. chopped parsley
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 Tbs. light mayonnaise (this helps slightly thicken the dressing instead of more oil)
salt and pepper

1. Wash and dry romaine lettuce, keeping the heads intact. Using a sharp knife, slice each the long way through the middle. Try to keep the halves intact. Spray all sides with cooking spray.

2. Mix all the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor, or by whisking by hand. Adjust vinegar, lemon juice or broth to suit your taste.

3. Place the romaine on a hot grill, and grill on both sides until lightly charred. Remove to a pretty platter or to individual salad plates. Top with the tomatoes and sprinkle on the cheese, then spoon on the dressing, and croutons or walnuts.

09-10-2009, 10:36 AM
I loooove grilled romaine. When my SIL suggested it, DH and I thought she was loony - but now it is one of my favorites. Sometimes I don't even put any salad dressing on it.

01-17-2010, 10:46 PM
This is a great idea. Romaine is my very favorite. Being a vegetarian, I eat about 2 heads of the lettuce a week. I will try it grilled and see what I think. Thanks!:carrot: (