We eat a lot of Caesar salads at our house so when we heard about a Grilled Caesar Salad we thought we’d try it. Now if you’re going to grill a salad, you first need to deconstruct it. So here is our house recipe for a Deconstructed Grilled Caesar Salad.
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Romaine lettuce is a sturdy green that can stand up to a brief minute or two on the grill. I found that the slightly more compact Romaine hearts, sold in bags of three, worked best.
There’s nothing like homemade dressing and I live by that. The secret to a thick dressing is the same secret for making homemade mayonnaise, start slow. Many recipes suggest you slowly drizzle in the oil. Whether you are using a hand blender or a food processor, adding the oil slowly at the very beginning is the most important step.
These cheese wafers may have been what intrigued me to try a Deconstructed Grilled Caesar Salad the first time. They are pure Parmesan cheese, melted to perfection so what could be bad about that?
To make the wafers I got set up at the stove and grated a huge pile of Parmesan cheese with my favourite Microplane grater. I compared 1½ tablespoons of cheese to 2 tablespoons, several flippers and two frying pans. I had a non-stick frying pan and a ceramic one. It was tricky but I did it so here are my tips if you are up for the challenge.
Full disclosure, these are not easy to make. If you find yourself in the kitchen, cursing and swearing at these little cheese wafers think of me. Because when I was making mine, I was thinking of you.
To make any salad gluten free it’s always easy to simply skip the croutons, especially if you are serving a crunchy Parmesan cheese wafer. But for this Deconstructed Grilled Caesar Salad I wanted to make all the elements. I used a loaf of gluten free bread and trimmed the ends off after it was toasted and brushed with oil. I chose to cut them into small triangles to be slightly different from the typical square croutons. You can make yours however you like. I reserved all the leftover bread edges to make breadcrumbs for some savoury dish like meatballs, meat loaf or breaded pork chops.
So there you have it, a gluten free Deconstructed Grilled Caesar Salad to try this barbecue season. I’d love to hear if you tried this recipe and what changes you made.
|Prepare dressing, cheese wafers & croutons in advance.|
|2 egg yolks|
|1 clove garlic, chopped|
|1 tsp anchovy paste|
|2 Tbsp red wine vinegar|
|1 Tbsp lemon juice|
|⅛ tsp dry mustard|
|½ cup olive oil|
|salt and pepper to taste|
|PARMESAN CHEESE WAFERS|
|About 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese|
|3-6 slices gluten free bread|
|olive oil for brushing|
|1-2 garlic cloves, halved|
|3 heads Romaine lettuce hearts|
|olive oil for grilling|
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