Appetizers and Snacks · Salads

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Anchovy Dressing

Grilling Romaine lettuce is nothing new.   in fact, it has been going on so long, I think I think I  might actually be one of the last people to try it!!

Anyway, I had an opportunity this week to give it a try, and you know what?  I really liked it!   Romaine is a strong lettuce, and stands up nicely to a little heat from the grill.

It only takes a couple of minutes to get enough char on the lettuce, so you can easily put this together while the meat you just grilled for the main course is resting.

The instructions are for a gas grill.  If you are using charcoal, you  may want to do this with the lid off.  Watch closely as you may not need the full 2 minutes. ( I know our Charcoal grill tends to be hotter than our gas grill.)

This salad is similar to a Caesar salad, but without the raw egg.

Serves 6

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Grilled Romaine Hearts with Anchovy Dressing, Grilled Lemony Potatoes, Chipotle Lime Chicken Thighs

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Anchovy Dressing

2 oil-packed anchovy fillets, drained and chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1/2 cup olive oil

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

3 Romaine Lettuce hearts

12 slices of baguette 1/2 ” thick

Pre-heat gas grill to 350F.

Puree anchovies, garlic, oil, in blender until smooth.  Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Brush both sides of baguette slices with some of this mixture and grill both sides until toasted.

Add the lemon juice and zest to the anchovy oil and blend until emulsified.   Taste for seasoning add more salt if needed and set aside.

Cut romaine hearts in half lengthwise.  Place over direct heat on grill grates and close lid.  Grill about 2 minutes, just until char marks from the grill start to appear.  (You want to grill them, just until grill marks appear, and you need the lid closed to get the heat to do this.  Otherwise, you and up with a wilty mess of greens no one wants to eat. )

Transfer cooked greens to large platter, spoon dressing over, arrange baguette slices on top and serve.

Alternately, you can slice the grilled lettuce into 2″ pieces transfer to bowl and toss with dressing, serving baguette slices on the side.

DO AHEAD – Bread can be brushed with anchovy dressing. and the dressing can be completed 4 hours ahead.  Lettuce hearts can be cut in half and kept refrigerated in advance as well.

 

 

 

 

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Salads

Green Bean Fattoush

Fattoush is a Middle Eastern salad made with veggies and bread.  This is a nice change from plain old boiled beans, which I love, but this salad gives them a whole new personality.  Bonus points if the beans came from your garden!

Toasting the pita rounds stove top helps keep the kitchen cool.  Remember to prepare the ice bath before you start cooking the beans so they don’t overcook.

This serves 2 as a main course. If you are not totally on board with the whole meatless main thing, add some cubed cooked chicken or the leftover Souvlaki from last night.

 

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Green Bean Fattoush

Green Bean Fattoush

1 lemon, juice and zest

1 clove garlic, mashed

salt and pepper

1/4 cup olive oil plus more for brushing

1/2 lb green beans, trimmed and cut into bite size pieces

2 pita breads, split in half to make 4 pita rounds

1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced

1 cucumber, peeled quartered and cut into 2′ pieces

1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

2 Tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Whisk together the juice  and zest from the lemon and garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Slowly add 1/4 cup olive oil, whisking constantly until mixture is emulsified.  Set aside.

Prepare ice bath for beans.  Cook beans in pot of salted, boiling water until bright green and tender-crisp.  about 1 minute.  Drain and plunge into the ice water.  Let cool a minute, then pour into colander to drain well.  Set aside.

Heat skillet over medium heat.  Brush both sides of each pita round with olive oil. Working with one pita at a time, toast each one in pan until crisp and golden.  Set aside to cool.

Pat beans with paper towel to dry, then add to a large bowl along with the onion, cucumber, feta, mint and parsley.  Drizzle with half the vinaigrette and toss to combine.

Break pita bread into bite size pieces and add to veggies in bowl.  Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette, toss again and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Let stand at least 10 minutes (and up to an hour) before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

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Arugula Salad with Apples & Walnuts

This is a nicely balanced salad, sweet enough to serve with brunch, but also great with a grilled chicken breast for dinner!

This will serve 4 as a side, or 2 as a main.

arugula salad

Arugula Salad with Apples & Walnuts

Dressing

3 Tablespoons plain unsweetened yogurt (homemade if you have it)

Juice from half a lemon

1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive oil

1 Tablespoon liquid honey

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Salad

2 cups baby arugula

3 cups leaf lettuce, torn into bite size pieces

1 apple, cored and thinly sliced

1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted   See Cooks Notes below

1/4 cup dried cranberries

2 Tablespoons raw, unseasoned sunflower seeds

Whisk dressing ingredients together in large bowl.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add arugula. lettuce, apples and walnuts to dressing in bowl.  Gently toss to combine well.

Sprinkle toasted walnuts, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds over top.

Serve immediately.

COOKS NOTE – to toast walnuts,  heat in a dry skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally until beginning to brown and slightly fragrant.  Remove walnuts from pan immediately (so they don’t burn in the hot pan).  Set aside to cool before adding to salad.

Salads

Roasted Red Pepper and White Bean with Anchovy Dressing

 

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Don’t let the anchovies throw you off.  They add the ‘pop’ this dish needs to make it great.

This serves 4 for a light lunch 8 or as a starter salad.

Aside from tasting good, this salad is very pretty.  then scrape skins off using your fingers or a paring knife.   Plate individually for best effect, or  bring it to the table on a large flat plate and serve it family style.

Thanks to Martha Stewart for this one.

4 red bell peppers

2 oil packed anchovy fillets, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

3 Tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

1/4 cup flat leafed parsley, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups cooked white beans (from 15 oz can or home cooked) drained and rinsed

2 Tablespoons freshly grated parmesan (optional)

1 cup arugula or mixed baby greens

Char bell peppers over the flames of a gas burner or bbq, using tongs to turn as skin blackens and blisters (about 10 minutes per pepper).  Alternatively, you can do this under the broiler, turning as skins blacken.  Transfer blackened peppers to medium bowl and cover the bowl with a plate.  Let stand until cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile, whisk anchovies, garlic, vinegar, oil and parsley in medium bowl to blend.  Add beans and toss to coat.  Season with salt and pepper and let stand while you finish preparing the peppers.

Remove charred skins from peppers, using your fingers or a paring knife.  Cut peppers in half, remove and discard stems and seeds.  Arrange on platter and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Spoon beans over top, and scatter arugula over top.  Sprinkle parmesan over top and serve.

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Salads

Oriental Cucumber Salad

This is a nice change from plain old cucumbers in a salad.   The tender skin on long english cukes means you can peel them or not.

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Oriental Cucumber Salad

 

3 Tablespoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon sesame oil

3/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 tsp white pepper (optional)

1 long english cucumber, thinly sliced

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

2 teaspoons sesame seeds

1/4 red Serrano pepper, minced (optional)

Mix rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, salt and pepper together.  Set aside.

Toss the cucumber, scallion, cilantro and Serrano together in large bowl.   Pour rice vinegar mixture over top, toss well and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

It goes pretty well with Gochujang pork, but I am sure you will find tons of stuff to serve this with.

 

Salada

Fresh Corn and Zucchini Salad with Zucchini Blossoms

Super simple to make, crunchy and full of flavour.

The corn is raw,  so be sure to use the freshest sweetest corn you can find.   As for the zucchini blossoms,  if you have zucchini growing in your garden right now, this is a nice way to take advantage of those blossoms.  Just be sure you have not sprayed any chemicals on your plants.

We like this as a side with BBQ Chicken.

 

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Fresh Corn and Zucchini Salad

Serves 2

1 ear sweet corn

2 small zucchini, diced into 1/4′ pieces

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint (optional)

4 zucchini blossoms, torn into large pieces (optional)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Red Pepper flakes

Freshly ground black pepper

Using a sharp knife, cut kernels from corn cob into medium bowl.   Add diced zucchini, basil and mint (if using).

In a small bowl combine oil, vinegar and pepper flakes.  Mix well with fork and pour over corn mixture.  Toss to combine.

Put into serving bowl, top with torn zucchini blossoms, a few red pepper flakes and freshly ground pepper.

 

 

 

 

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Fresh Tomato Salad

When you have a perfectly ripe tomato, less is more.   This is a simple salad that lets  the tomato shine.

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FRESH TOMATO SALAD

ripe tomatoes

1/2 preserved lemon, rinsed, pulp removed and finely diced

fresh chives, mint or basil, finely sliced

olive oil

pepper

Chop tomatoes into bite size pieces.  Toss with preserved lemon,  fresh herbs, a generous drizzle of olive oil and freshly ground pepper.  Let stand several minutes, taste for salt and add if necessary.

 

COOKS NOTE:  Even after rinsing, the preserved  lemons are fairly salty and will impart some of that saltiness to the tomatoes.   Taste before adding salt.