Grilled Caesar salad

By Mary Berg
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Grilled Caesar salad

Classic grilled Caesar salad dressed in a homemade, authentic dressing and topped with homemade croutons and Parmigiano Reggiano shavings. To die for!



  • 3 cups cubed French bread, about 1 ½-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 heads (or 3 hearts) romaine lettuce, quartered through the core
  • 4 lemons, halved
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1–2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Parmigiano Reggiano shavings
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat your grill or a griddle pan to medium and toss the bread into a bowl and set aside. In a small microwave safe dish, melt together the butter, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and garlic powder for 15 to 20 seconds. Drizzle this over the bread, season with salt and pepper, and toss well to combine. Transfer the bread cubes onto the grill or griddle pan and toast, turning frequently, until the croutons are golden and just starting to char. Transfer them to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Drizzle the remaining tablespoon of oil evenly over the quartered romaine heads and season with a small pinch of salt. Place the romaine quarters and lemon halves cut side down onto the grill and cook for 2 minutes or so or until the greens and lemons are starting to char. Remove the lemons and lettuce from the heat and transfer the romaine to a serving platter grilled side up and set aside.
  3. For the dressing, whisk the anchovy paste, mustard, and garlic together in the bottom of a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the red wine vinegar and 3 to 4 tablespoons of juice from one of the lemon halves that you just grilled. Continue whisking and slowly drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Drizzle the romaine with dressing, making sure that some of that yumminess gets in between the layers of leaves. Scatter the croutons across the top along with some Parmigiano Reggiano shavings, season with a bit more pepper, and arrange the grilled lemons around the platter for serving.


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