Grilled Caesar Salad and Dressing

Grilled Caesar salad

Grilled Caesar Salad and Dressing

This is not your typical Caesar salad. In my opinion, it’s better. The greens are grilled (along with the bread used for the croutons), which gives it a smokey (but not too smokey) flavor, and there is no egg in the dressing.

I love Caesar salad but in the past I haven’t made it at home very often. I hate ordering it at most restaurants because I’ve been burned too many times. I’m not picky, but many restaurants fail in the dressing-the-Caesar department. Most Caesar salads I’ve ordered out, with the rare exception, usually end up swimming in the dressing and it’s not often you can order the dressing on the side.

This recipe for grilled Caesar salad is really nice because first, it’s easy to put together. Second, it calls for anchovy paste (anchovies are included in traditional Caesar salad dressing) which adds a great flavor and the paste format is convenient to use. Third, the dressing doesn’t have egg in it — something else I’m not really fond of about Caesar dressing. I know the addition of lemon juice is what makes the raw egg safe to eat, but it still creeps me out.

Retouched grilling romaine

Grilling the Romaine

This is a really nice summer salad. Almost everything about putting it together is convenient, from grilling the bread to use for the croutons to grilling an entire head of Romaine to the anchovy paste used in the dressing. It’s light, slightly smokey and best of all, YOU’RE in control of the dressing.

Recipe for Grilled Caesar Salad and Dressing

Serves 2-4 people