I love when there are multiple ways to enjoy the very same dish. Like this crunchy, refreshingly bright salad that can easily be turned into lettuce wraps or a heartier main as a mexi-style salad bowl. These are my favorite weekday recipes because you can eat them multiple times through the week (or even on the same day) and not get bored! This perfectly light, hydrating and crisp summer salad is getting me into the spirit.
Just because this salad isn’t packed with kale and collards, does not mean it’s not packed with lots of stuff that is good for you. Romaine usually does not get the credit it deserves (and taken a backseat to it’s sisters) but you may be surprised it’s actually super good for you. It’s a great source of fiber and folate and also vitamin A, C, and K. The leaves can aid in digestion and the high water content can help flush toxins from your body. When purchasing lettuce, try to purchase it as a head rather then prewashed and in plastic – it’s still “living” and will have the highest nutritional content. Another reason to love romaine is that it’s sturdy and can last up to a week in the fridge for last minute, easy salad recipes!
This salad comes together fast with the help of a grill pan. I borrowed one from my friend a year ago (sorry Justine!) and think it’s time to invest in my own so I can let her get back to grilling… or just have her over for dinner very often. This is a great one or this one for a less expensive option. I like to assemble this salad essentially like tacos, arranging a layer of lettuce on a large plate with a couple grilled veggies, radish slices, some avocado and drizzle of dressing in each. There is no digging to the bottom of the salad bowl to make sure you get an equal amount of everything.. all the hard work is already done for you. Or, turn this into your new favorite bowl by adding some brown rice and roasted chickpeas like below 🙂