I'm a big fan of the Caesar salad. The tangy homemade dressing, the crunchy croutons, the quality Parmesan. So how is my recipe different from all the others?
The romaine lettuce is drizzled with olive oil, seasoned with fresh cracked pepper and chargrilled until it is warm yet still crisp. Then it's topped with grilled chicken and served with a fresh and robust homemade Caesar dressing. This classic salad will become a family favorite in no time.
This is a great recipe for warmer temperatures during grilling season but can also be made indoors using a Panini pan in the winter months.
Lettuces may seem like the last vegetable you would try to cook on the grill but it really imparts a delicious flavor and tastes terrific. So why not try it indoors. Using a Panini pan gives the lettuces those grill marks you're looking for.
Whip up my fresh Caesar dressing to go along with the salad. If you're squeamish about raw eggs luckily there are none in my dressing recipe. And while you may be adverse to anchovies, mincing and mashing them into a paste before adding them to the dressing changes the flavor from fishy to fantastic. Even my husband had no idea there were anchovies in the dressing. Had he known ahead of time he probably would've chosen a different dressing from the refrigerator. It's that's good, I promise.
Have you ever grilled lettuces? Will you get this recipe a try?
Skillet Grilled Romaine Hearts with Homemade Caesar Dressing
Serves 2. Total time: 30 minutes. Printable recipe
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Caesar flavored croutons
- 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 romaine lettuce hearts, sliced lengthwise
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons anchovies, minced and mashed into a paste
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Ground pepper to taste
To make the dressing use a glass bowl. Add together all the ingredients but the olive oil. Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients then slowly stream in the olive oil to fully emulsify. Transfer the dressing to a small pitcher or mason jar.
Season the chicken breasts with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Preheat your grill to medium if you don't have a Panini pan and grill the prepared chicken breasts and lettuce halves according to the directions and times below.
To make this recipe indoors, add the chicken breasts to a large Panini pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side at medium heat or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and slice it into long strips.
Season each romaine lettuce heart half with kosher salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place each lettuce half on the Panini pan and grill for about 3-5 minute. Remove the lettuces from the pan and arrange on a platter.
Top the lettuces with the grilled chicken, croutons, Parmesan cheese and drizzle with the homemade dressing. Serve.
Be sure to refrigerate any remaining Caesar dressing.