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Grilled Romaine Salad

Posted in Food & Recipes, gluten-free, Health/Nutrition, lunch by nicolejanaye on July 27, 2012

Sometimes you just got to mix things up.

A full, raw salad just wouldn’t suffice for today’s palate. I’ve been to a few restaurants and ordered this kind of salad before and it’s a great change in flavor and texture. It’s very simple to make and with just a few key ingredients, you can transform a boring piece of lettuce into an incredible meal.

I’ll admit that I like salads loaded with ingredients from fish to strawberries, but a salad with few ingredients packed with flavor can be just as enjoyable. For this salad I whipped up a Dijon vinaigrette to drizzle on top. You can go many ways with a dressing, but the kick from the mustard seemed like a good fit.

Dijon vinaigrette

  • 2 1/2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

As for the remainder of the toppings, I used avocado, fresh basil, chopped pistachios, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese. To prepare the romaine, you want to slice it in half. Brush olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut-side down on the grill and cook until the leaves begin to brown and caramelize. Assemble the ingredients on top of the grilled romaine and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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