Charred Caesar Salad

My husband and I have always had this lovely arrangement where I make dinner and he does the dishes.  It works out well because cleaning is not my favourite and he's not too interested in planning the nightly meals.  Little did he know going into this contract that I, like my mom, use an awful amount of dishes, utensils and tools while cooking.  We also tend to cook way too much often resulting in a load of clean up.  Sorry!

I think he secretly gets excited when I use the bbq in the summer.  Meals are more simple and it's way too hot to be pulling out all the stops.  Less dishes for clean up!  This week it's been so hot we've been cooking outdoor most nights.  I tried a charred caesar salad for the very first time.  It took a few times before I got the hang of it.  There was a wilted mess and overly black leaves before I finally got it right. 

First off you'll want to use a Litehouse Caesar dressing.  They have a few varieties and I have them all.  I use them on sandwiches, salads, wraps and an amazing dip I recreated from a chain restaurant here in Canada.  If you've never had them you're in for a treat!  The dressings are thick and creamy with just the right amount of garlic and parmesan.   

I'll share some little tips I learned along the way!

Preheat your bbq on medium high heat.  The less time on the grill the better.  If the heat is too low you'll have to leave the lettuce on there much too long which results in wilted, sad looking lettuce.

Leave the base intact so the lettuce leaves don't fall apart. 

Lightly spray the cut side of the lettuce with cooking spray.  This will help anything from sticking and achieve nice grill marks.

You can serve this charred caesar salad right off the grill topped with dressing, croutons and a sprinkle of parmesan or give it a rough chop and dress in serving bowl.  Either way you'll get that summer bbq'd taste!

Charred Caesar Salad

Serves 2 | Finish in 15 minutes
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A simple and delicious Charred Caesar Salad is a delicious appetizer for family and friends!

Ingredients

Romaine Lettuce

Cooking Spray

Croutons

Litehouse Caesar Dressing

Parmesan Cheese, grated

Directions

1. Preheat the barbeque to a high heat.

2. Slice the romaine length ways and rinse under cold water.  Pat dry and spray lightly with cooking spray or brush with a bit of oil.

3. Place the lettuce cut side down on the bbq just long enough for it to char.  About two minutes.

4. Remove the lettuce and top with dressing, croutons and grated parmesan cheese.

5. Alternatively, first chop the lettuce, discard the stem and toss it all together in a bowl.

6. Serve immediately.


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