Upgrade Your Salads With This Incredible Trick
Turn on the grill and your greens will never be the same.
It might sound strange if you're used to eating fresh greens in salads (and most of us are). But there is absolutely no reason not to grill or cook your lettuce. Heartier varieties—like romaine, escarole, and endive—stand up just fine to a little heat. Even better, their natural flavors only get more complex when you introduce a little smoke and char to the mix. Try one of these salads made with cooked greens tonight—and you will not be disappointed.You can't go wrong with a classic—but adding a few charred edges takes it to a totally different level. It's amazing how fire can take something boring and basic and make it totally new and innovative.
Endive is a little bit bitter, which can be a tough flavor for some people to get into—but grill it and dress it up with a super savory, umami-packed peanut sauce and spicy red chile slices, and suddenly you've got a salad that's almost (dare I say it?) meaty.
Sweet, slightly bitter, and with just the right amount of smoke, escarole takes on an absolutely amazing flavor that's only enhanced with you add pecans and an orange-honey-poppy seed dressing.
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