Saturday, June 25, 2011
I love to have salads. Most of the times, I try to use lots of greens and beans in my salads. But when one is having Caesar salad, there is only a few limited things you can throw in. Well I had tried this salad with cherry tomatoes, eggs etc. but then, it doesn't stay Caesar salad! So I try to be as authentic as I can when I have Cease. This one was made as per regular Caesar , only the presentation was changed. I was thinking about using up the last drop of the dressing and the last shred of Parmigianino Reggiano cheese out of this salad. And I needed something to scoop them up. Of course a bread stick would be perfect for that task but how about using the Romaine leaf instead?! I did exactly that. I made so many cups of this salad and got oohs and aahs from my guests with little kids. Kids had fun crunching on the leaves and garlic bread stick. Of course for them, I used the transparent paper cups!
It's a well known fact that I don't like chopped salads! Weired but true. I loved to eat those salads and just last year, don't know what happened, I was totally put off eating salads. I started having soups instead. But I was craving the crunch of the salad so much, had to do something! Once I just washed the bunch of Romaine and started pulling out the leaves and munching on them! Yes, just like a rabbit! And then I realized that I really don't have to make bite-size pieces of salad at all. And as a result, this was born! Now Caeser salad is around for so long, it has become universal. But it was invented in Mexico.
I was having a few guests over and this is what I did to serve them salad. They were all very impressed! Yes, for a good reason. I bet they had never seen the salad presented in this way before! Actually it looked so pretty, nobody wanted to eat at first. Once they started pulling the leaf out, dipping it in the dressing and enjoying, they wanted more! Maybe next time I will throw just the salad party and see how it goes!
1 bunch of Romaine lettuce, washed, leaves separated
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp lemon rind
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Toss the ingredients for dressing together in the closed jar. Arrange the salad and enjoy.