Grilled Salad with Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing


Parmesan peppercorn has got to be my absolute favorite salad dressing.  Anytime I go out, I choose that dressing for my salad because I have never been able to find it in the store.  When I saw this recipe on Our Shared Harvest, I knew I had to give it a try.  As a vehicle for the dressing, I decided to finally try a grilled romaine salad.  I've seen it done and I've had it at restaurants, and it is delicious.  After grilling our romaine, I had mixed feelings.  Part of it felt slightly slimy, but it certainly had a great taste.  Next time, I'll play around with different cook times.

For the Dressing:
1 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
1 tablespoon Black Pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
Salt, to taste

Thoroughly mix all ingredients until smooth and well blended, then salt to taste.  Store in a ball jar with a tight fitting lid.

For the Salad:
1 head Romaine, cut in half
1 large handful of Grape Tomatoes, cut in half
1 ring of onion, separated
Croutons (I made homemade using 2 rosemary dinner rolls)
Dressing

Preheat a grill pan or grill.  Brush the pan or the grates with some olive oil.  Place the romaine, cut side down, onto the grill and cook until it is slightly charred on each side, about 5 minutes.  Place the romaine onto a plate.  Sprinkle with some tomatoes, onions, and croutons.  Top with dressing.