It’s almost July. It’s almighty hot. And I’m altogether in a non-cooking mode.
So when Kate told me she’d ordered a grilled chicken caesar salad for dinner last weekend, it set me thinking. Why do we keep The Green Leaf Family in the chill drawer? And did my mom know something I didn’t when she wilted leaf lettuce with a sweet-sour vinaigrette for summer suppers? http://www.livingwithenergyiniowa.com/wilted-leaf-lettuce-salad
When I Googled “grilled romaine” recipes, I found one from every Food Channel host and a half-dozen chefs more. Alton Brown was about to win when this option from cute little Bobby Flay caught my attention: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/grilled-romaine-salad-with-spicy-caesar-dressing-recipe/index.html
That was before working out. Afterwards, tired and sweating even more, if that’s possible (because I have this cost/benefit arrangement with my air conditioner), I began wondering if you could stir fry all the ingredients instead of firing up a grill. The answer is a delicious yes. Chopped romaine, fresh basil, rotisserie chicken, cracked pepper and garlic sauteed in olive oil for mere seconds and finished with a dusting of parmesan is quite lovely. Especially with a generous glass of chardonnay.