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Pro Tip: Summer Salads That Slay tips

Pro Tip: Summer Salads That Slay

In this pro tip, our Lead Pitmaster Rosalie @castironskillz shows you how to up your salad game with these amazing recipe ideas!

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The Secret to an Amazing Summer Salad

Grilled fruits and vegetables! It’s grilling season, so why not level up your salad with a delicious grilled fruit or vegetable. Grilling your salad ingredients will add so much color and flavor to your dish!

These are my favorite fruits and citrus to grill for salads:

  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Key Limes

These are my favorite vegetables, roots and herbs to grill for salads:

  • Shallots
  • Green Onion
  • Basil
  • Corn
  • Squash
  • Beets
  • Radish
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Peppers
  • Onion

Just a hint of char and smoke will do wonders for these ingredients, that will maximize flavor and impress your guests. Here are some summer salads that have been on repeat for me:

Grilled Caesar Salad

Adding a little char to a beautiful romaine, then tossing it in an orange zested Caesar dressing, and loading it up with freshly grated parmesan cheese is the secret to a summer salad you didn't know you needed.

Tips for grilling romaine: When grilling romaine lettuce, it’s important to make sure it’s very cold before grilling. This will keep it firm and avoid getting soggy. I like to use a little extra virgin olive oil when grilling romaine, and keep the romaine whole (the mini ones are the best). It’s best to grill at 400F at direct heat, only for about 1 minute. Just to give it a char. It’s best to serve shortly after grilling, or put back in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Here’s my summertime Caesar Dressing Recipe:

  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1 Tsp Orange Zest
  • 2 Tbsp Mayo or Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tsp Dijon Dressing
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tsp Anchovy Paste (optional)
  • 1 Tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp 1836 Beef Rub by Suckle Busters
  • Blend until smooth

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Grilled Peaches and Burrata Salad

Who knew that grilled peaches and burrata were the perfect duo? The peach is full of flavor from being caramelized on the grill, and the burrata is refreshing, and creamy. These two ingredients go hand in hand. Check out my recipe for a Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad that will have you thinking you're dreaming!

Tips for grilling peaches - Slice into quarters, and add a little honey. Grill flesh side down at 400F for 15 minutes. Let cool and slice into smaller cuts for salad.

Here’s my Honey Balsamic Dressing Recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Glaze
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • Blend until smooth

I like to add my grilled peaches to a bowl of arugula and spring mix, a generous amount of burrata cheese, pistachios, grilled shallots and basil, and that amazing Honey Balsamic Dressing with a sprinkle of 1836 Beef Rub.

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