There is a tangy lemon vinaigrette that coats the leaves and mixes with the Parmesan cheese to make a lovely salad adorned with the sourdough croutons which provide crunch and a good garlic flavor! Adapted from Fields of Greens restaurant cookbook.
- 2 heads romaine lettuce
- 1 -2 garlic clove, finey chopped
- extra virgin olive oil
- 4 thick slices sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
- 8 large olives, pitted, coarsely chopped (Gaeta or Nicoise olives are good)
- 1⁄3 cup parmesan cheese, grated (1 oz.)
Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest, minced
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Discard the tough outer leaves from the romaine and use the whole leaves and hearts. Wash the leaves and dry them in a spinner, or pat dry with a towel. Wrap loosely in a damp towel and refrigerate.
- Preheat the oven to 375*F.
- Add the garlic to 1 tbls. olive oil and toss with the cubed bread. Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
- To make the vinaigrette:.
- Combine everything but the oil, then whisk it inches The dressing should be very lemony and bright. This makes about 1/2 cup.
- When you are ready to serve the salad, place the lettuce in a large bowl. Add the olives and toss with the vinaigrette, coating all of the leaves.
- Add the croutons and Parmesan cheese and toss again. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and serve. Don't forget to enjoy! :).
Wonderful! This was a tangy tasty salad. It was easy to make but you feel like you're eating in a fancy restaurant. I couldn't stop eating the croutons before I had the salad mixed up. I may have to make some just to snack on. I used pimento stuffed green olives and whole wheat sourdough. Darn it I forgot the pepper....guess I'll just have to make it again. Freddy Cat says hi! Made in honor of Sharon's husband via kittencalskitchen.com.
Loved this salad!! Sharon your description of this salad is dead on. Made as written and would not change a thing. Liked the way the tag of the lemon brought out the natural sweetness of the romaine. Will be making this salad a lot. Thanks so very much for the post.
Yum-O. There is nothing else to say. The lemon dressing, the homemade sourdough croutons, the fresh parm - oh heaven has come by tonight at the farm. I forgot the olives for the photo, however, I made up for when devouring. I made the dressing yesterday, and it had a lovely chance to wile away the hours meeting new friends in the fridge overnite. Lovely, really, really, lovely. Made for PAC 2011