Grilled salad

Saturday, February 26, 2011 |
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I promised that I would share this salad with those that have asked. Not only is this incredibly delicious, it's very easy to make.

Grilled Romaine Salad with Blue Cheese
{adapted from Alex Guarnaschelli}

Dressing:
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon kosher salt ~ I don't use because the anchovies and capers are salty enough for my taste.
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon capers
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1/2 to 3/4 cup good quality olive oil

Salad:
3 romaine hearts, halved lengthwise, washed and dried
20 basil leaves
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
kosher salt
1 lemon juice

Preheat grill to medium

In the blender, combine the garlic, lemon juice, capers and vinegar. Blend until smooth. Add the Worcestershire, hot sauce, anchovy paste, and 1/2 cup of olive oil. Blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning. Adding the remaining oil if desired. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss 4 of the romaine halves in a little olive oil and season with a sprinkle of salt. Put them in a single layer on the grill and cook for 3 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side for an additional 3 minutes. The romaine should feel slightly warm and tender. Transfer the halves to a large platter. Spoon a little dressing on each. On a flat surface, finely chop the rest of the romaine and add it to a medium bowl. Add the remaining vinaigrette, a touch of lemon juice and the basil leaves. Toss to coat the romaine.

Top the grilled romaine with some of the chopped, dressed romaine. Garnish with crumbled blue cheese and serve.

~ I don't dress the entire salad with dressing so that a portion can be saved.
~Add a little grilled chicken and it makes for a great lunch the next day.

Due to my limited kitchen equipment at the moment, our meals are on the quick and easy side these days. This evening I'll be grilling so this was a perfect choice of salads.

I should also admit that I've made it 3 times since my sweet husband introduced me to it on Valentine' Day.

Yep, it's that good! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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15 comments:

morethanthestarsinthesky said...

Love your blog! The salad looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.


Amanda

Privet and Holly said...

Yummy ~ I'd
have to grill
inside, though,
as our gas grill
is covered in snow,
still!!! Thanks
for sharing this!
xx Suzanne

midnight macaroons said...

I'm so excited about this salad post. I just started reading a fabulous magazine called Clean Eating.I'm all about health for 2011 and making it my mission to find good healthy recipes. This is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

Have a wonderful weekend!

GiGi

Town and Country Mom said...

Sounds great; I will definitely give this a try!

Town and Country Mom said...

Sounds great; I will definitely give this a try!

Tessa said...

dinner. tomorrow night. can't wait!! :) thanks, Jo, for posting. i really want it right this minute!
xo, Tess

Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said...

I love new salad recipes... and can't wait to try this one. Thanks for linking to Saturday Swap!

Lisa said...

My taste buds are going nuts! Thank you so much for posting the recipe! Dinner tomorrow night!!
Jo I want to grab a couple of leashes and come get the boys anyway! Bozley & Bently are such darlings and Gracie and I've known them since they were babies I remember them riding in baskets in mom's suv!
Did you click on the fb link?
xo Lisa

Lorri said...

Oh my gosh! That looks fantastic!

Karena said...

Jo how delish. I will be making this for sure!!

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Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Mmm...you always post the best salads! Thanks for this one. I still haven't finished Lunch in Paris because I keep finding other books and magazines to read lately...I have too many going at once! Glad to hear you liked it....I have to jump back in and finish it. I guess I am savoring it!

Telia said...

Thanks for your sweet comment (I have to admit I am pretty proud of myself, hahahaha).

Your salads always look so yum! I don't like cheese though... Do you have any good ones up your sleeve that do not include cheese??

Telia, NewlyWedWifeLife

Casey said...

Yum!! Thanks for sharing!! I am giving up sugar completely and only eating healthier carbs these days so salads are high on the list. This one looks super yummy!

Lisa said...

I am happy happy happy to be your newest follower. I have taken several peeks at your bloggy and LOVE IT! I know it is going to be a new favorite for sure!

Casey said...

I still have little ones but I can remember feeling that way as a young adult. I wish your son (and you!!) well.

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