Hell, Caesar, this is a fine salad

I spent the entire afternoon in the kitchen and it seemed like old times. FrankenThumb is healed; no more bandage and the tender new skin is getting tougher every day.

And every day I get a little more bold and a little less chicken shit. Body and soul are indeed connected.

It helped that it was a glorious day today. Temperatures over 60, sun shining, mutts wailing. Windows were opened. Dog farts wafted out and fresh air flowed in. It was invigorating. And since it was so warm and fabulous, we had to fire up the charcoal grill. It just had to be done.

Any old hoo, I decied to bake banana bread (post to follow, probably tomorrow) and make my hunny bourbonz chickens and our favorite grilled Caesar salad to go with it.

We had this salad in our favorite local restaurant and have been making it ever since. My initial reaction was, uh, do I really want hot lettuce? But the answer is oh yes, I certainly do. It’s extremely tasty and pretty close to healthy.

Here’s all the stuff required: Romaine hearts, olive oil, salt and pepper, Parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing. Could I make my own dressing? Sure I could, but the idea of anchovy paste is more than I can deal with. I prefer to leave that to someone else. Besides, this brand is delicious.

Slice the lettuce length-wise, leaving the stem intact. This holds the leaves together and makes grilling it so much easier. I might even go so far as to say grilling this lettuce would be damn near impossible, or at least a hot mess, without the stem.

Drizzle some olive oil over the lettuce.

Add pepper. Lots of fresh cracked pepper. As far as my husband is concerned, you can never have too much cracked black pepper.

Add a little Kosher salt. This can be omitted, but even with my high blood pressure, I can still have a little salt, and it really enhances flavor.

Then they go to the grill, with the seasoned, flat side down. Grill for about four to five minutes. Turn it once.

They are done when there is a nice light char on the lettuce leaves. I am no Alton Brown, so I can’t really explain the whole chemical reaction here, but whatever sugar there is in lettuce is now enhanced by adding a little heat. The flavor of this is amazing, and the leaves are tender but not limp.

Serve with a sprinkling of shaved Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of Caesar dressing, and I do mean a drizzle. We maybe used a tablespoon of dressing for both of these Romaine hearts, and it was plenty. We also added a few dashes of Bacon Bacon, which is a seasoning mix of garlic, pepper and dried bacon bits. Adds nice crunch.

Best salad ever. Makes light eating enjoyable.

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7 Responses to “Hell, Caesar, this is a fine salad”

  1. Suzy says:

    Nice! I’ll have to try your version!

    I make a similar salad. Grill the romaine, red bell pepper, some onions. Chop them all and toss in a big bowl with a splash of good balsamic and a lil fruity olive oil, fresh ground black pepper and salt… Toss it all together and serve warm.

  2. My favorite kind of Salad is none other Potato Salad. it really taste yummy.”"‘

    • Nona says:

      Amber, Amber, Amber. You are my kind of girl. You are welcome in my kitchen for some potato salad any time you like.

      My preference is loaded potato salad: redskin potaotes, sour cream dressing, cheese, bacon, scallions. What’s your favorite?

  3. Colton Diaz says:

    Olive oil is very tasty and has some nutty taste too.`,`

  4. Alex Long says:

    whenever my sister makes potato salad, i always eat them in less than a minute or so he he. i just love all sorts of salad. “.

  5. russian salads are kind of addictive, my mom always make those russian salad at home”~;

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