I’ve never been a big grill guy. In general, cooking on the grill never really appealed to me to much because I’m not a huge meat eater. Burgers, ribs, wings, they are all good, but definitely meals I’d prefer someone to prepare. With that, we never bought a grill. We were that family. The only people living the suburban dream without a backyard grill. But a few summers ago, my dad was upgrading his grill and I gave me his old one. Great, now I have a grill! I got it just when I started to cook mostly vegetarian meals at home though. Now what? I didn’t want to pass up a free grill, but how much grilled asparagus can a guy make?

Not being familiar with vegetarian grilling I started to do some research and found some great ideas. One that I really liked was to grill salad. Grilled salad? You can do that? You sure can, and it’s fantastic!

The slightly charred leaves adds a bit of sweetness and a nice slight crisp. Lightly top it with this feta caesar dressing and you have a winning BBQ salad.

GRILLED SUMMER SALAD w/ CREAMY FETA DRESSING

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • For the salad mix: romaine, curly endive, and radicchio

Instructions

  1. Cut the lettuce bunches in half.
  2. Brush with olive oil and grill cut side down for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Flip lettuces and grill for another 1-2 minutes or until desired amount of char.
  4. For the dressing: blend all ingredients together.
  5. If dressing is too thick, add more olive oil, or water to thin it out.
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