Grilled caesar salad with cherry tomatoes

4
4
4
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
37 min
Prep
12 min
Cook
10 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Grill romaine lettuce and bread to elevate a traditional Caesar salad with a crisp and smoky flavor. At farmers' markets and specialty food stores, look for a variety of lettuce called Little Gem for making these salads. It is a tender ruffle-leaved variety that is a cross between romaine and Bibb. We used tongs to flip the lettuce and remove it from the grill. This salad makes an impressive side dish when your entertaining a crowd or is perfect for weeknight dinners. Serve it with grilled steak or chicken. Or serve it with pasts.

Ingredients

Garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s)

Grated Parmesan cheese

3 Tbsp

Reduced calorie mayonnaise

2 Tbsp

Anchovies canned in oil drained

2 item(s)

Fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp

White balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp

Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp

Dijon Mustard

½ tsp

Agave nectar

½ tsp, or honey

Black pepper

tsp

Romaine lettuce

4 head(s), hearts

Whole wheat bread

4 oz, 4 (1-ounce) slices, Italian variety

Table salt

¼ tsp

Fresh cherry tomato(es)

2 cup(s), halved

Instructions

  1. Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Preheat grill to medium-high or prepare medium-high fire.
  2. Place garlic in mini food processor and pulse until minced. Add 1 tablespoon of Parmesan, the mayonnaise, anchovies, lemon juice, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard, agave nectar, and pepper; puree.
  3. Cut each romaine heart lengthwise in half or into quarters if large, leaving cores intact. Pat dry with paper towels. Lightly spray romaine and bread with olive oil nonstick spray. Sprinkle romaine with salt.
  4. Put lettuce on grill rack and grill, turning once, until lightly charred, but not limp, about 5 minutes. Place bread on grill rack and grill, turning once, until lightly charred, about 4 minutes. Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes.
  5. Arrange romaine evenly on 4 plates. Top with bread cubes and tomatoes. Drizzle evenly with dressing and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons cheese. Serve at once.
  6. Per serving: 1 salad