The Ultimate Grilled Summer Salad

When I picked up my second CSA of the summer and saw that there were 4 heads of lettuce included, I knew I was in for a lot of salad. But I also knew I didn't have to have the same boring salads you see everywhere. Since two of the heads were frisee, I made classic frisee salads for my girlfriend and myself (a favorite of hers: frisee with crispy lardons, a poached egg, and a nice tart vinaigrette). But for the other two heads (one green leaf and one red leaf), I decided to incorporate one of my favorite summer pastimes: grilling. That's right, you're going to grill the lettuce. Sounds crazy, maybe, but it's not. It's just delicious. You'll be surprised at how satisfying this salad is.

I added some pickled vegetables (feel free to substitute, depending on what you've got), and finished it off with an amazing buttermilk-herb dressing. You'll have enough dressing left over to keep dunking the vegetables you didn't pickle.

The Ultimate Grilled Summer Salad
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  • 2 heads lettuce (green leaf, red leaf, romaine, frisee, doesn't really matter)
  • 1/4 cup sliced pickled radish
  • 8 pickled garlic-scape tops (or other pickled vegetable of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chardonnay (or other white wine) vinegar
  • 1/3 cup parsley
  • 1/3 cup chives
  • 1 tablespoon garlic scapes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Heat a grill to high heat.
  2. Split lettuce heads in half; try to do it in a way that keeps as many leaves on each side as you can.
  3. Brush the split lettuce heads with olive oil and grill 2-3 minutes on each side.
  4. Whisk dressing ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  5. Top with pickled radishes and garlic scapes, then top with dressing (go easy on the dressing — you’ll likely use about half of it, and the rest is good for a week after that).
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