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Grilled Mini Romaine Heads with Goat Cheese Caesar Dressing

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Grilled Mini Romaine Heads with Goat Cheese Caesar Dressing

Classic Caesar dressing gets a makeover with the addition of goat cheese and yogurt for a creamy, tangy salad. A quick trip to the grill leaves staple item romaine lettuce slightly wilted but still crunchy and with a whole new, deep level of flavor. This recipe is part of a larger story; click here to view the story.

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Ingredients

  • 8 heads mini romaine
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse kosher salt and pepper
  • ½ small clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh goat cheese, such as Catapano chevre
  • 1 Tablespoon goat yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ Cup grapeseed oil
  • ¼ extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Cup grated firm aged goat cheese, such as Catapano Sun Dancer or Summer Cloud
  • 1 Cup garlic croutons

Directions

Trim and wash the romaine, then halve lengthwise. Brush with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Place the minced garlic on a cutting board and add 1 teaspoon salt. Scrape with the side of a kitchen knife until you make a smooth paste.

For the dressing, in a stainless steel bowl mix the fresh goat cheese, yogurt, egg, ½ of the garlic paste, and the lemon juice. Slowly whisk in the grapeseed and olive oil. Add the grated cheese and adjust the seasoning with pepper and maybe a bit more of the garlic paste.

Heat up a grill to 280 to 300 degrees F, and slowly grill the halved romaine heads to a nice color. Make sure not to burn them.

Arrange on a platter and drizzle generously with the dressing and the garlic croutons. Serve while still slightly warm.

Nutritional Facts
Servings4
Calories Per Serving609
Total Fat38g59%
Sugar16gN/A
Saturated11g57%
Cholesterol66mg22%
Protein28g56%
Carbs52g17%
Vitamin A5629µg100%
Vitamin B120.2µg3.6%
Vitamin B61mg55%
Vitamin C58mg96%
Vitamin D0.4µg0.1%
Vitamin E7mg34%
Vitamin K1296µg100%
Calcium527mg53%
Fiber28g100%
Folate (food)1720µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)1731µg100%
Folic acid7µgN/A
Iron14mg79%
Magnesium197mg49%
Monounsaturated11gN/A
Niacin (B3)5mg23%
Phosphorus553mg79%
Polyunsaturated13gN/A
Potassium3219mg92%
Riboflavin (B2)1mg67%
Sodium3176mg100%
Thiamin (B1)1mg67%
Zinc4mg24%