Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Grilled Caesar Salad

This summer, some family friends introduced us to this delicious side dish. There is something about preparing vegetables in unorthodox ways that make the usual favorites really shine at the dinner table. Grilled Caesar Salad is quick (and cheap!), which makes it a wonderful weeknight choice or easy, rapid-cook dish at your next dinner party. 

The Nutrition Rundown: Lettuce is often criticized for having "no nutritional value." Not the case! Romaine lettuce, like many fruits and vegetables, is full of fiber and water, helping to keep you full and hydrate you. One romaine heart also contains ~1/4 of your daily folate needs, particularly important for a healthy pregnancy and/or a healthy heart. 

Grilled Caesar Salad
Serves 4

Ingredients
Juice of 1 lemon
3 Tbs olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper
2 Romaine hearts, sliced in half lengthwise (keep the bottom end on)
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup Tbs freshly grated Parmesan

Directions
  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, 2 Tbs olive oil, salt and pepper. Brush onto inside portion of romaine hearts.
  3. Place romaine hearts, inside down, on grill. Allow to cook ~3 minutes, until scored. While cooking, whisk together dressing with balsamic, mustard, and remaining olive oil.
  4. Serve salad drizzled with dressing and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. 

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