Celebrate fall and the cooler weather with a warm salad, like this Grilled Caesar Salad with Pomegranate, Pepitas and Shallots. Sponsored by Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs. Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
As summer winds down, in some parts of this country the air gets a touch of a chill. There’s back to school shopping and soccer practice and pumpkins starting to pop up everywhere. With the cooler weather, everyone is flocking to soups and stews.
Who wants to curl up to a cold salad when it’s cold outside? Let’s mix it up! why not have a WARM salad instead, even a warm caesar salad?! Now you’re talking!
What is a Caesar Salad?
Many people associate the Caesar salad being an Italian in origins, even thinking it might have something to do with that ancient Roman dynasty. No it’s not that Caesar. It is also NOT from Las Vegas or created from any famous restaurant from that golden city.
The Caesar salad was created by restaurateur Caesar Cardini who had restaurants in Mexico and the US in the 1920s. He created this salad one night when he was low on supplies and he had to make do with what he found. And boy did he come up with something special.
The classic Caesar salad is made with romaine lettuce and croutons with a tangy dressing made with with lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, garlic, Dijon mustard, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper.
A Grilled Caesar Salad?
Before you think I’m totally off my rocker by talking about a grilled Caesar salad, hear me out. The first time I ate grilled romaine lettuce was at a restaurant almost 20 years ago. The dish was recommended by a coworker of mine, and I was pleasantly surprised with how delicious it was.
So when Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs asked me to come up with a new twist on the classic Caesar Salad, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Now you may not feel like lighting up the grill for this salad, especially if the weather outside is not cooperating with you. A grill pan works perfectly for this dish, and you can cook this indoors while sporting your warm fuzzy socks. You are not cooking the romaine hearts completely, just enough to soften the firm core and slightly wilting the leaves.
Because I like to eat what is in season, I added pomegranate arils, toasted pepitas and caramelized shallots over my grilled Caesar salad. And if you read my blog, you know that I love adding pomegranate to everything!
Do all Caesar dressings have anchovies?
According to Caesar Cardini’s daughter, the original caesar salad dressing did NOT contain anchovies. I am not a huge fan of anchovies, so I don’t usually keep anchovy paste in stock in my house. I have found that capers make a fabulous substitute for anchovy paste in caesar salad dressing.
The beauty of making your own Caesar dressing and using real eggs for homemade mayonnaise is the use of wholesome ingredients that aren’t processed or full of hidden amounts of sugar or other secret ingredients. By using pasteurized eggs from Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs, you are guaranteed that you will not get salmonella poisoning from eating their raw eggs.
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This recipe allots one romaine heat (2 halves) per person. If you are using this recipe as a side dish or if your romaine hearts are large, feel free to serve 1/2 romaine heart per person. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 2 romaine halves
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 221 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 36mg Sodium: 342mg Carbohydrates: 27g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 12g Protein: 10g
This recipe allots one romaine heat (2 halves) per person. If you are using this recipe as a side dish or if your romaine hearts are large, feel free to serve 1/2 romaine heart per person.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.