Sunday, June 21, 2009

Slow Travel Sunday Salad Samplers # 9 (6/21): Grilled Romaine with Citrus Ceasar Vinegrette

This week's Grilled Romaine Salad with Citrus Caesar Vinaigrette was selected by Cindy Ruth of Baked Alaska.

This salad was so easy to prepare and very delicious! This was actually the first time that I have grilled lettuce before and I just loved the flavor created by the BBQ. I decided to serve this wonderful salad with a grilled BBQ Halibut steak. It went really well together and made a great meal.

Here's Cindy's wonderful recipe and detailed instructions:

I chose Grilled Romaine Salad with Citrus Caesar Vinaigrette. I adapted this recipe from one I found on FoodTV. One substitution that I often use when making this is to substitute part of the olive oil in the dressing with lemon-infused olive oil. It's not necessary to do it, but if you happen to have some of the delicious lemon olive oil, this is a great place to use it.

2 heads romaine lettuce
Extra-virgin olive oil
Citrus Caesar Vinaigrette, recipe below
Chopped tomatoes
Homemade croutons, if desired

Preheat grill to med-high. Rinse and pat dry the lettuce. Cut the 2 heads in half lengthwise. Brush surface with olive oil and grill about 4 to 5 minutes total, turning occasionally. Place each wedge on a salad plate and drizzle with Citrus Caesar Vinaigrette. With a vegetable peeler, shave some pieces from a wedge of Reggiano-Parmigiano over each salad. Top with chopped tomatoes and homemade croutons and serve.

1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Place all ingredients in a pint jar with a lid. Secure the lid, then shake to blend. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week.

And if you're looking for a good Halibut basting recipe, I found this great one on CDKitchen


  1. Your salad looks great. Glad you enjoyed it. That is funny that we both grilled halibut alongside. I'm having it again for dinner tonight with grilled salmon.

  2. This sounds really easy and looks divine. I'm making this as soon as possible. Great pairing with the fish.

  3. Hi Cindy, thank you. That is really funny that we had halibut in mind. I love Salmon too.

    Thanks again for your wonderful recipe. I know that I will be making it again soon.

    Hi Barb, its are a really great salad and so easy to make. I enjoyed the experience and the results of grilled lettuce for the first time. So flavorable.

    Have a great Monday!

  4. It looks very yummy, Kathy! I really liked this salad with its tangy dressing.

    The halibut recipe sounds delish and I love sweet/sour flavors together. Will give this recipe a try soon. Thanks for sharing it.

    Happy Monday! :)

  5. Looks great! It was also my first time grilling lettuce and we loved it.

  6. Wow Kathy, that is a beautiful plate of food. Great idea to grill halibut too; I want to try that recipe!

    I loved this salad and esp. that citrus salad dressing - delicious!

  7. Thanks everyone!

    Maria, I really liked the flavors of the grilled lettuce. And I agree that the tangy dressing was excellent. The Halibut went very well with this salad. Hope you get to try the basting sauce too. I think you might like it. Happy Monday to you too!

    Candi, I really liked the flavor of the BBQ on the lettuce a lot. I loved it, along with the dressing.

    Annie, I loved the citrus dressing too. And the combination with the BBQ flavor of the lettuce was yummy! Halibut is one of my favorites and it was so coincidental that Cindy also grilled a halibut. Very good.

    Thanks again everyone! Have a great evening and a great day tomorrow...

  8. Drool...just coming up to lunchtime for me and this salad looks so good!

    (by the way, you just posted the 2000th comment on my blog, very cool milestone, I thought!)

  9. Hi Anne, yes I get hungry just looking at the photo too. :)

    How cool that I posted the 2000th comments! Wow what a great milestone. How neat that your blog can tell you how many comments you have. Congratulations, happy dance time or maybe I should say Mamma Mia! :)


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