Thursday, July 5, 2012

Triple Grilled Caesar Salad

This a great, refreshing salad for the summer – cool, crisp, and a hint of smoke. It combine three great grilled ingredients – grilled chicken, grilled homemade croutons, and grilled hearts of romaine lettuce, then topped with a fresh Caesar dressing a little shredded parmesan. Enjoy!

Serves 4.

Grilled Chicken


-    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-    About 1 tablespoon olive oil
-    Salt
-    Pepper
-    About 2 teaspoons each of Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes


1.    Brush chicken with olive oil.
2.    Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes.
3.    Grill for about 15 minutes, covered, turning once. Chicken is ready when the juices run clear.

Grilled Croutons


-    ½ baguette, cut into slices about one-third of an inch thick
-    1 tablespoon olive oil
-    1 teaspoon Italian season


1.    Stir Italian seasoning into olive oil.
2.    Brush both sides of each baguette slice with olive oil mixture.
3.    Grill slices over direct heat for about 3 minutes, turning once, until gold and crispy on each side.

Grilled romaine


-    2 hearts of romaine, cut in half lengthwise
-    1 tablespoon olive oil


1.    Brush lettuce with olive oil.
2.    Grill lettuce for about 2 minutes on each side. You want it to get a little crispy without wilting.

Caesar dressing


-    4 cloves garlic, crushed
-    ½ cup olive oil
-    2 tablespoons mayonnaise
-    1 teaspoon lemon juice
-    1 tablespoon white vinegar
-    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
-    About ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper


1.    In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together garlic, olive oil, mayo, lemon juice, vinegar and mustard.
2.    Add salt and pepper to taste.

Putting it all together:

1.    Roughly chop grilled lettuce and toss with dressing. Plate lettuce.
2.    Slice grilled chicken and place over lettuce.
3.    Top chicken and lettuce with croutons.
4.    Sprinkle with shredded parmesan and enjoy!

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