07 March 2011

grilled red leaf lettuce salad with blood orange, pistachio, and roasted garlic vinaigrette

Today I have just a little Meatless Monday post for you. Something light and bright to start your week. It's a salad, and though I've said time and time again that I'm not a salad person, I've been coming back to them. I still pass over your basic salad (lettuce, meager tomatoes, shredded carrots) any day, but one with fruit and/or nuts and/or some other special element I just love.

Here is a great salad made special by grilling the lettuce to add some heartier flavors and with blood oranges, one of my favorite winter ingredients. The vinaigrette is pretty special too; I can't resist roasted garlic. Enjoy! and Happy Meatless Monday, folks!
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grilled red leaf lettuce salad
serves 2

1 head red leaf lettuce
2 blood oranges
1/4 c pistachios
salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp roasted garlic vinaigrette, recipe to follow

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat for a few minutes until hot, then brush with oil. Meanwhile, cut red leaf lettuce in half, lengthwise, and cut the blood oranges into segments (chop the top and bottom of each orange, then remove the peel and pith by cutting it off in strips. Using a paring knife, make a cut on both sides of each membrane, releasing the orange segment). When the grill is hot, place lettuce on grill, cut side down, and grill for 4-5 minutes. Remove from grill and immediately place on serving plate. Serve with orange segments, pistachios, and drizzle with roasted garlic vinaigrette.

roasted garlic vinaigrette

5-6 cloves of roasted garlic (see here for roasting garlic)
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp honey
4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Place garlic in the bowl of a small food processor (mini chopper) and pulse to chop. Add the vinegar and honey and pulse a few times. With the blade running, drizzle in all olive oil. Taste and season with salt and pepper and more honey, if needed.

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