If you would have said a couple of years ago — put the romaine on the grill. I would have thought you were crazy! But alas, the culinary adventures continue on and you know what? It is fabulous!
You really must understand the benefits before you turn up your nose at this idea of grilled Caesar salad (and I don’t mean just grilled chicken on top).
It is truly delightful! Really. The romaine becomes sweeter and the natural flavour seems to truly emanate. Add a couple of lemons cut in half and it is even better. The lemons on the barbecue not only smell wonderful, but they provide more juice as the pulp breaks down a bit once heated.
It is so simple to assemble and brings your basic side Caesar to a whole new level as a sophisticated side that can be presented along with any main dish. Presentation can be easily prepared as you can plate family style on a serving platter.
Now that you are convinced about the grilling part and how wonderful it will be to serve your family and guests there is something else you should consider. Making your own dressing! It is super easy, taste way better than store bought, can be made in advance and you can make enough to store it in the fridge to keep on hand for future use.
Our fridge usually houses a pint jar size pretty much at all times. It is a great marinade for chicken or glaze for grilled fish too!
So now that everyone is on board with the idea, check out the details in the recipe and lets get our salad on!
Grilled romaine and lemons with homemade Caesar salad dressing - the makings of a great barbecue side salad.
- 2 lemons, juiced and zested
- 2 tsp Whole grain Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 romaine heart
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lemon, halved
- 1/2 cup croutons
- crumbled cooked bacon
- cracked pepper to taste
- Place the lemon juice in a bowl and add mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and black pepper and whisk until combined.
- Add in the mayonnaise and continue whisking until it is smooth.
- Continuously whisk as you slowly add the olive oil to the mayonnaise mixture. Pour in a small, steady stream until all the oil is used and everything is combined.
- Add in the Parmesan cheese and lemon zest.
- Preheat grill to 350 degrees
- Cut the romaine heart in half, length wise. Wash and pat dry.
- Sprinkle 1 Tsp on olive oil on each half of lettuce.
- Place romaine and lemon halves on the grill for approx 3 minutes. Turn them over and continue to grill for another 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and place on serving platter. Add cracked black pepper to the grilled romaine, place all other components on the serving platter.
- Serve immediately.
Keep remaining Caesar salad dressing stored covered in the fridge. Make the salad dressing ahead of time and let the flavours combine. It gets better with a little age! Mix vigorously with a spoon or whisk if salad dressing starts to separate.