Grilled (Faux) Caesar Salad

Grilled (Faux) Caesar Salad

This Grilled (Faux) Caesar Salad is hardly a recipe, but it’s so good and such a staple around here that it’s impossible not to share it with you.

When I lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I lived around the corner from the Wythe Hotel. They had a fabulous restaurant there called Reynards, which served a Grilled Caesar Salad with Poached Egg that I always swore I’d resisting ordering in favor of variety, but never could. It really was spectacular.

This is a less elaborate, lighter version of this salad…. or at the very least was heavily inspired by it. If you haven’t grilled greens, you really ought to. Romaine, Chard, Dandelion – any large leafy green will get a unique treatment from just a few seconds on a grill.

If you don’t have a grill, use a grill pan or even cast iron pan for that matter. It’s that nice char you’re after.

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How To Make My Grilled (Faux) Caesar Salad

Step 1: In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the mayonnaise, until smooth.  Add in the mayonnaise and continue to whisk until thick and combined. Set aside.  

Step 2: Pre-heat your grill

Step 3: Rub the romaine hearts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  

Step 4: Place the romaine hearts cut side down for 3-4 minutes, or until nicely charred.  Turn as needed to cook evenly.

Step 5: Remove to a large platter, cut side up, and garnish with the tomato and onion.

Step 6: Spoon the dressing over and finish with more cracked pepper.  

Step 7: Enjoy!

Want more fast and delicious salad ideas?

Avocado Caesar Salad Dressing (Dairy Free + Egg Free)
Shaved Spring Salad with Creamy Tarragon Vinaigrette (Vegetarian, Gluten Free + Vegan Friendly)
Roasted Carrot + Avocado Salad (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

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Grilled Faux-Caesar Salad

Servings 4
Calories 912 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 hearts of romaine halved with core intact
  • 2 cups cherry or roma tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced white or red onion
  • Olive oil salt, and pepper, for grilling
  • Dressing:
  • 1 small garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon anchovy paste found near the canned tuna in the supermarket
  • ½ fresh lemon squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup good mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

Make The Dressing:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients but the mayonnaise, until smooth. Add in the mayonnaise and continue to whisk until thick and combined.
  • Taste, and if desired, add a bit of salt. I often find ¼ teaspoon Is all that is needed if any.
  • Set aside.

Build The Salad:

  • Pre-heat your grill, or pre-heat your grill/cast iron pan.
  • Rub the romaine hearts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place the romaine hearts cut side down for 3-4 minutes, or until nicely charred. Turn as needed to cook evenly.
  • Remove to a large platter, cut side up, and garnish with the tomato and onion.
  • Spoon the dressing over and finish with more cracked pepper.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 912kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 10gFat: 86gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 51gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 1017mgPotassium: 1674mgFiber: 10gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 31071IUVitamin C: 92mgCalcium: 188mgIron: 6mg
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