I’ve made so many salad dressings in my life. Most of the time its a simple vinaigrette because they’re easy to make, affordable and I almost always have the ingredients in my pantry. Sometimes, however, I want something a bit more Gourmet!!! Bring in this Caesar dressing. It’s got things like anchovies, garlic and healthy glugs of EVOO. It’s decadent, rich, and creamy and can elevate even the simplest wedge of Romaine lettuce into something other-wordly! I just want to drizzle it over everything, it’s just that velvety and good.
But the dressing is not even the best part of this recipe. The show-stopper is the charred Romaine lettuce. A few seconds on a hot grill completely transforms the flavour and texture of the leaf. If you’ve never tried grilled lettuce, I’m warning you, it is addictive and you won’t want to go back to cold leaves again!
Before you call the Paleo Police, note that the addition of Parmigiao-Reggiano cheese crosses this off of the list of Paleo-Approved recipes! However, Parmigiano-Reggiano is a hard-ripened cheese that is much more tolerable in terms of lactose consumption. If you are lactose intolerant, simply do not add the cheese. The dressing will still be delicious, if not as rich and creamy. The same goes for those of you who are sticking to a more strict Paleo lifestyle. As always, the choice is entirely yours. Think of these recipes as inspirations rather than rules!
I served this alongside my Argentinian Chimichurri Flank Steak (Recipe here) and it was match made in Food heaven!
Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments below!