Grilled romaine lettuce with a creamy caper dressing. A simply stunning, light dish packed full of delicious flavours. Charred lettuce, smoky, salty pancetta (bacon) and a tangy creamy dressing. Perfect for lunch or dinner.
I absolutely LOVE grilled romaine lettuce. It’s something you’d never really assume would work but it does and it’s exceptionally good! It gives the romaine lettuce a totally different flavour making it charred, smokey and utterly delicious.
I know it sounds kinda strange to grill lettuce of any form and I have to admit when I first heard of grilled romaine lettuce I did think, what? But after trying it I couldn’t stop eating it, lunch and dinner you can dress it how you like in individual portions or cut up into a big salad bowl.
You’d be surprised how filling it can be too, half a romaine lettuce is perfect for one serving as a main course. Just lather it in a beautiful creamy dressing and you’re good to go. I decided to make a creamy caper dressing which I really love. I use this dressing over chicken when I make a caesar salad, it’s so delicious and tangy and goes great with shaved Parmesan on top.
The smoky, salty pancetta scattered on top of this salad recipe gives it a lovely texture and flavour, I mean anything with crispy bacon pieces on top is gonna be good, right? Is it time to eat yet? I’m hungry.
Grilled romaine lettuce with creamy caper dressing
for the dressing
- 2 tbsp capers
- 3 salted anchovies
- 4 baby gherkins
- 2 heaped tbsp good quality mayonnaise
- 2 heaped tbsp sour cream
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- squeeze lemon
- pepper to season
- Finely chop the capers, anchovies and gherkins and place in a bowl. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice and sour cream and mix until all combined together. Sprinkle with pepper and set aside.
- In a small sauce pan fry the pancetta until crispy, set aside. Put a large griddle pan on a medium/high heat. Cut the romaine lettuces in half and brush the cut side with olive oil. Place cut side down on the griddle pan and grill for 1-2 minutes until charred. You'll probably need to do two at a time.
- Place on plates, drizzle with the dressing and scatter over the pancetta. Finish with shaved Parmesan and a sprinkle of pepper. Enjoy.
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- All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
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