Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Grilling Time (Side Dish) - Grilled Romaine Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

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Now this is a real "That Guy (or Gal)" recipe for a griller who wants to stand out.

Grilling lettuce does a couple of things... The beautiful char marks does make a wonderful presentation with the rest of a grilled meal.  The charring adds a unique smoky taste to the salad.  By heating the lettuce you also bring out the natural sugars normally well hidden in lettuce.  The charring actually caramelizes those sugars, creating another layer of flavor.

Who would have thought a simple head of lettuce could become such a variety of complicated tastes.

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

Grilling lettuce really is as simple...

  • Have your grill set for HIGH heat
  • Slice a head of Romaine Lettuce in half (or quartered if you want 4 servings from the same head of lettuce).  Be sure to keep the base of the head intact so the leaves stay together while cooking
  • Drizzle Olive Oil (about 2 - 3 TBS) over the open side, allowing this to seep between the leaves.
  • Set open side down on the grill, grill for about 2-3 minutes until the edges begin to wilt.
  • Drizzle another TBS of oil over the back side and flip, repeating the time, 2-3 minutes on the back side.
  • Serve cut side up while still warm, drizzle a salad dressing of your choice and ENJOY!
But I do have a simple Blue Cheese Salad Dressing recipe...

Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 TBS White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Mustard Powder
  • 2 Ounces Blue Cheese
Cooking Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender (Mini Chopper, Food Processor... or even just a bowl and whisk)
  2. And blend (chop, process or whisk) until well combined!
  3. Serve Chilled or room temperature and ENJOY!!!

Balsamic Fig Marinated Steak, served with a side of Blue Cheese Potato Salad, this salad and for dessert, some Grilled Pineapple!  Welcome to spring and GRILLING TIME!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook Side Dish Recipes"!!!

Sure the meat gets all the glory but real cooks know it's the spread... the specialty Side Dishes that makes a meal rise or fall. Here's a few of my favorite recipes that will help to create that illusive COMPLETE MENU!

LOTS of Potato Sides, Vegetable Sides, Specialty Salads, Bread and MORE!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Specialty Salad Recipes"!!!

Sometimes they are the main course, sometimes a lunch and sometimes they are the side dish... And if you count Jell-o salad you can even make a dessert of a salad.  Here are a few of my favorite salads that get far more Ooohs and Aaahs than that simple chopped head of lettuce.

Links include Potato Salads, Cole Slaws, and Plenty of greens and fixins' Salads... And more than a few matching FRESH MADE Jam Jar make it yourself Salad Dressings!


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