Grilled Caesar Salad

I have seen many recipes over the past few years for grilled romaine salads, usually Caesar salad. I always thought they were interesting. I probably tore about  three or four out of magazines and stuffed them in one of the (many) recipe piles that litter my home office. But, alas, I had never tried one.

This weekend I was looking for an easy side I could throw on my Big Green Egg while my main dish rested. (A super-delish and easy pork chop I will share soon.) So my side needed to cook quickly. Scanning a new cookbook, I found a healthy version of the grilled Caesar salad and figured I would give it a spin.

I am a big fan of pre-prep so that I don’t lose my mind trying to get everything to come out at the same time. So I made the dressing earlier in the day. (Of course, you can always just use your favorite bottled Caesar dressing.) I put the following ingredients (adjusted slightly from the original recipe) in my mini food processor and whirled them together:

  • Juice of 1 small lemon or 1/2 large
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 anchovies or 2 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire (I subbed Pickapeppa)
  • 6-8 turns of black pepper mill
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove

Once I had my Green Egg at about 450 degrees — you could go with as low as 350 — I chopped my romaine heads in half, rinsed them, patted them dry, and brushed them with olive oil. They already looked pretty tasty.

Grilled Caesar Salad

On the grill they went and in about 3-4 minutes, they were done to my liking — you can leave on longer if you want more char.

Grilled Caesar Salad

Grilled Caesar Salad

I drizzled with the dressing, sprinkled on shredded parmesan, and topped with a bit more ground black pepper. The second night I also threw a few capers on for fun.

Grilled Caesar Salad

About as easy as it gets in terms of effort and yet impressive on the plate — can’t beat that with a stick. Give ‘em a try.

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5 thoughts on “Grilled Caesar Salad

  1. Love it. What’s Pickappeppa Sauce?

    • It is a sauce my husband introduced me to and you can usually find it near Tabasco in the grocery store. It would probably be great in a homemade BBQ sauce for spice. We also pour it over cream cheese for an easy app with crackers.

  2. Pingback: Stuffed Pork Chops with Goat Cheese « Zen of BBQ

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