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Grilled hearts of romaine

Posted June 04, 2014 in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Community Featured, Beaverdale, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

photo 1Summer is here, and summer means grilling. We have discovered a flavorful dish that a friend introduced to us last summer that is a wonderful compliment to a grilled meal, or any meal for that matter. I am a salad girl. I’ve always loved salad with greens and other fresh vegetables tossed with dressing. Salad is good, but this salad recipe is unique, delicious and quick. Romaine is a hearty green that lends itself well to grilling — it wilts, yet has some crispy edges that create a warm, tasty treat. The best news is that it is easy and quick. You don’t have to spend a lot of prep time or cooking time, as it’s done from package to plate in about 10 minutes. It is a perfect dish to fix when entertaining or when you get home from work and need a quick side to go along with the main course.

This recipe calls for blue cheese dressing.  My husband and I didn’t know we liked blue cheese until we ate this salad at our friend’s home. We discovered we love it. Our friend, Anne, used her own recipe to make a blue cheese dressing, but you can use a bottled dressing (our favorite is Bolthouse Farms Chunky Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing — 35 calories and fairly low fat and low carb). If you absolutely don’t care for blue cheese, you can use ranch or any other creamy style dressing with your choice of cheese.

Try this next time you fire up the grill. Who knew something this fast and easy could be this good? It takes just a few minutes and is an easy and delicious addition to your grilling repertoire.


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