As soon as our grill gets fired up for the season, this is the recipe my family requests. This is no ordinary side salad. If you have never grilled your Romaine lettuce before you are in for a savory treat. Grilling vegetables really brings out their flavors and offers creative ways to mix up old favorites. This Grilled Caesar Salad is one of our family’s long-time favorites.
Grilled Caesar Salad
A good Caesar Salad is one of those classic recipes to have in your cooking repertoire. I grew up eating this exact dressing for as long as I can remember. Since then, I have put my own spin on my family’s recipe by grilling the Romaine Lettuce. Doing so brings out the smokey flavor that pairs so well with the garlicky creamy dressing of a traditional Caesar salad.
How do I Grill Romaine lettuce?
Don’t be intimidated by grilling Romaine lettuce. It’s really quite easy and literally takes just a few minutes. If you have kids (or spouses) who don’t love to eat salads, this may be the salad that will change their minds. Simply, you just rinse off the romaine and allow it to dry. If it is wet when it hits the grill, it will steam and you don’t want that. Brush on a little bit of oil to avoid sticking and grill for about 2 minutes on each side or until the lettuce starts to char.
Tell me about the dressing
There are a few keys to my family’s famous Caesar dressing. First, you have to add the ingredients into your blender in the exact order listed. The consistency only works if you. No idea why. Also, this recipe has both anchovies and Worcestershire Sauce in it. There are vegan versions of Worcestershire but not for anchovies. If you are a strict vegan or vegetarian, you can simply omit it. If not, they pretty much make the dressing! Plus they have all kinds of good for you Omega 3 fish oils.
Can I make this salad ahead?
It takes about 3 minutes to make the Grilled Caesar Dressing and I like to make it in advance and chill it. That way, it’s ready to go and drizzle right on top of my warm, freshly grilled lettuce. Trust me, it’s an upgrade from your regular Caesar salad. Hope you enjoy it! I do not suggest making the lettuce ahead of time. It is best enjoyed right off of the grill when it is still warm.
I suggest going with the traditional croutons on top. The larger ones are better and offer a nice texture contrast. Can easily sub with a gluten free version. Roasted chickpeas would also be a yummy topping. They can be purchased already made or make your own. Don’t forget the fresh Parmesan cheese on top!
Kick it up a notch by adding some avocado slices on top. Yes, you can grill those too! Of course, it’s easy to make this salad into a meal by adding any protein on top. Grilled fish, chicken, or tofu would be excellent choices,
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- 1-2 heads of Romaine lettuce cut length wise
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tin of anchovies in olive oil
- 1/2 C of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 egg whites
- juice of 1 large lemon
- 1/2 Tsp Worcestershire sauce
- sprinkle of salt, pepper and parm cheese
- thick cut croutons
- fresh Parmesan Cheese
- rinse lettuce and allow to dry completely
- preheat grill to high
- coat lettuce in olive oil to prevent sticking
- meanwhile prep dressing in blender add
- garlic and anchovies pulse
- add olive oil and egg whites pulse
- add lemon, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and Parm pulse
- refrigerate for at least 20 min
- Grill lettuce for about 2-3 on each side
- remove from grill & drizzle with dressing
- top with croutons and Parmesan cheese
- serve immediately