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Charred BLT Wedge Salad

The ingredients used in this salad aren’t anything special – but when you prepare and present them in a unique way, it actually changes the way it tastes. Besides tasting different, the texture of the lightly charred lettuce adds a whole another level of flavor to this salad.

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By frying the pancetta with the croutons, the croutons soak up all that salty bacon flavor – making them crunchy and so much more flavorful! Grill (or fry) the tomatoes until just charred and warm.CharredBLTWedgeSalad2

Slice the lettuce in half, keeping the core intact on both pieces. Drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut side down onto a hot grill for about 2 minutes – just enough to warm it slightly and grill marks are formed. Place on a plate then pile on the rest of the ingredients. For a tasty dressing that won’t overpower all these wonderful flavors, try our Avocado Cream dressing.CharredBLTWedgeSalad3

Charred BLT Wedge Salad
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Serves: 4
A unique way to serve a (relatively) simple salad.
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 oz GF pancetta or prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 cup GF bread cubes
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, whole or halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 romaine hearts, halved lengthwise (trim core, but keep intact)
  • 2 oz GF blue, goat, or parmesan cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Add 1 Tbsp of oil to skillet and fry pancetta until lightly crisp. Set aside to drain on paper towel.
  2. Fry bread cubes in pan until golden on all sides, add a bit more oil if desired (or use grease left over rom frying the pancetta. Fry or grill tomatoes until lightly charred and skins split.
  3. Drizzle remaining oil on cutting board and dip the cut ends of the lettuce into it. Season with some salt and pepper and place cut-side down, on a hot grill until well marked, about 2 minutes.
  4. To serve, place each lettuce half on a plate and top with pancetta, croutons, tomatoes and cheese.
  5. If desired, drizzle with a bit of Avocado Cream Dressing.

 

3 Responses to Charred BLT Wedge Salad

  1. Brenda March 8, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    It is also excellent as gluten Free with or without the grilled bun or bread. thanks for reminding me about this

  2. Sue March 9, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    That sounds so great i could eat that for breakfest. I will have it 4 lunch today.
    THANK YOU. I’m still learning all of this new information. Just found out i had celiac’s dease. Thsnk you for your help .
    I have lost over80 lbs now that they know what is wrong with me the doctor wants me to GAIN WEIGHT!! I went from 190 to 108 I don’ feel sick any more. But I ALSO HAVE FOOD ALLERGYS which make makes meal planning very Selective. My husband Is my biggest. Support. He helps me cook and eats the same food as i do.

    • Angie Halten (Admin)
      Angie Halten (Admin) March 9, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

      Having great support at home can be half the battle when it comes to mealtimes. If you’re having to cook two kinds of meals, it can very quickly get overwhelming and exhausting (not to mention frustrating – seeing all the things you can’t eat anymore). So give your husband a HUGE pat on the back from me for willing to join you on this huge lifestyle transition!

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