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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday Salad on the Grill

This week's Sunday Salad Sampler comes from Cindy Ruth at Baked Alaska~ I just love that name for a cooking blog from the Alaska wilds... I say 'wilds' because she has been keeping us up to date on a grizzly bear that comes a visiting.

I thought it was something to brave the heat to turn on the grill... better the Alabama heat than a bear!!

2 heads romaine lettuce
Extra-virgin olive oil
Citrus Caesar Vinaigrette, recipe below
Chopped tomatoes
Homemade croutons, if desired
Preheat grill to med-high. Rinse and pat dry the lettuce. Cut the 2 heads in half lengthwise. Brush surface with olive oil and grill about 4 to 5 minutes total, turning occasionally. Place each wedge on a salad plate and drizzle with Citrus Caesar Vinaigrette. With a vegetable peeler, shave some pieces from a wedge of Reggiano-Parmigiano over each salad. Top with chopped tomatoes and homemade croutons and serve.

1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons anchovy paste
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Place all ingredients in a pint jar with a lid. Secure the lid, then shake to blend. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Bill was convinced that I had totally lost my mind. Grilling Salad??? While I was at it I grilled plenty of vegetables for our Father's Day at G-daddy's.
This was really very good! I added some grilled fennel and forgot the croutons (opps). The citrus dressing is great~ I'll be using that again.

Happy Father's Day y'all!


Char said...

a grilled salad is always interesting to me. hope you're staying cool.

darnold23 said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I'm definitely giving this a try this week. I love grilled salads.

Kat said...

Yum...a different kind of salad, but one I know I would love.


nanny said...

So glad you posted this recipe, I have been wanting to grill some romaine!!! Looks great!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Char~ we are trying to stay cool... it hasn't been easy.
Darnold & Kat~ it's great while yo have the grill lit.
Nanny~ it is the dressing that makes it!

Cindy Ruth said...

Sandi-Your salad looks great(wonderful photo!). What a great idea to add grilled fennel. Glad you enjoyed the salad. I'm heading to the grill right now to make it again for dinner along with some grilled salmon. And by the way, saw the bear again Friday evening. We went camping this weekend, and got an e-mail from a neighbor that it's still hanging around. Beginning to spook us more because it's just not scared of people like it should be.

barb cabot said...

I've been checking out everyones photos of this salad and their reviews. Looks really good and the dressing is getting a thumbs up all around. I'll be making this one for sure. Great photo Sandi.

~Madeline~ said...

Aw, Happy Father's Day! I love grilled salad and everyone thinks I'm crazy, until they try it! Your dressing sounds fantastic :)

Debra from Bungalow said...

Can't say I ever had a grilled salad before but it sure looks good. I know I'd love that dressing.

Lisa said...

Wow! Interesting and gorgeous. This salad sounds fantastic.

Grace said...

the notion of grilled lettuce is so intriguing to me. what a lovely salad, sandi, and what a stellar vinaigrette!

Pearl Maple said...

Yumm, visiting your blog space is always sure to inspire one to cook lots of tasty things. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

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