Think about how good Caesar salad is, for a moment. OK, now imagine it grilled: it takes it to a whole new level! This salad combines grilled romaine lettuce with grilled avocados and a creamy homemade Caesar dressing for an over the top good summer salad.
You'll need 1 head of romaine head sliced in half, then half again to create 4 smaller halves.
- Lightly oil the romaine lettuce after cutting in two halves
- Put on heated grill, turning only once. 3 minutes for each Romaine half side, until light grill marks.
- Slice avocado in half and leaving 'as is' with shell and all (remove stone), and also grill for 4 minutes on one side until you see brown grill marks (meaty avocado side) . These don't take long. Slice when done
- Make dressing or buy already made
- On platter, place grilled romaine halves , grilled avocado slices , sliced tomatoes, shaved Pecorino , large croutons, and drizzle the homemade dressing. This is divine with a glass of Westport Rivers Winery's Farmers Fizz.
- 1 medium clove garlic
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise -totally optional!
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon anchovy paste-totally optional !
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or pink salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Grate the garlic, or finely mince it. Grate the Parmesan cheese as finely as possible (it’s helpful to use the fine holes on a grater). Juice the lemon.
- Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl. Store refrigerated (keeps 1 week).
Storage: If you’re storing individual lettuce leaves, spin them dry after washing and place in a lettuce keeper in the fridge. A container is best to avoid bruising and bacteria buildup.
What are 2 things that lettuce needs to stay fresh?
Moisture and Air.
You can also use a plastic bag if you keep a corner open for airflow, or you can store them stemless and wrapped in a wet paper towel in your crisper drawer. Make sure to add a few paper towels to absorb excess moisture and replace the paper towels every few days if they get too damp.
How long does lettuce last?
iceberg: 1- 3 weeks
romaine: 1 week
Presented by Joanne Keaveney, dietitian/chef