Grilled Caeser Salad with World's Best Homemade Croutons
Why I Love This Recipe
I think I got this idea from the Food Network but I can't remember the show. I know I got the idea for the homemade croutons from another cooking show but I've added my own touches.
This is a perfect salad for the winter when people don't necessary want cold salads.
Ingredients You'll Need
3 hearts of Romaine - organic if available
Parmesan Cheese - shaved
Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper
Procuitto - grilled (optional)
Caeser dressing - After years of making mine from scratch I now use a favourite store bought yogurt based dressing that I add some anchovie paste, minced garlic and fresh lemon juice to that makes it nice and light and not too creamy or thick. More flavour and less dressing to needed to coat the lettuce. Yeah!
World's Best Homemade Croutons
French Bagette or Loaf - cut into large 1" cubes and left out to dry
Garlic - minced
Parmesan cheese - grated
Paprika - I use smoked
Italian Seasoning - I use the stuff in the grinder
Make the croutons first
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium heat
Toss bread cubes in pan to coat
Pour 1 more tablespoon of oil over croutons to fully coat
Continue to toss cubes until golden brown
Generously sprinkle with paprika and Italian seasoning
Lightly sprinkle with cayenne pepper
Stir to evenly distribute the spices
Turn heat off
Spread 1/2 cup of grated parmesan over the croutons and toss as it melts
Caution: Be careful not to taste these croutons by themselves as they tend to become snack food on their own!!
Heat the BBQ or Grill
Cut the ends off the lettuce hearts
Spray with olive oil
Lightly sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper
In a small bowl mix the salad dressing with added ingredients as per above.
Grill whole lettuce hearts about 1 minute per side on high heat
Remove from grill and separate lettuce leaves onto individual plates for serving
Distrube croutons on the plate
Drizzle dressing over leaves and croutons
Garnish with capers and shaved parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper