Fun Facts

Tomatoes are the world’s most popular fruit! More than 60 million tons are produced every year. That’s 16 million tons more than No.2 — the banana.

Watermelons are actually vegetables, related to pumpkins, cucumbers and squash.

Ancient Greeks and Romans thought basil would only grow if you screamed wild curses and shouted while sowing the seeds.

Cilantro is a member of the carrot family.

Grilled Romaine with Herb Dressing

grilled romaine lettuceThe idea of grilling lettuce may seem strange but the flavor imparted on the greens is worth a few raised eyebrows! The leaves become slightly wilted and have a unique “grilled” flavor that partners well with a grilled chicken breast or a steak.

Ingredients

  • Two heads of Romaine lettuce, halved lengthwise and trimmed
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 c. loosely packed dill leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 c. flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 T. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/3 c. chopped chives
  • 3/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 2 T. cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1/8-1/4 t. fresh ground pepper
  • Dash or two of hot sauce (if desired)

Directions

Brush the cut sides of the lettuce with olive oil. Grill on a preheated grill over medium-high heat for about two minutes. Cut each lettuce half again to make quarter wedges and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Dressing:

Combine first five ingredients (through mayonnaise) in a bowl. Slowly add buttermilk, whisking constantly. Stir in vinegar, salt & pepper and the hot sauce. Taste the dressing and adjust seasonings to your preference.

Drizzle dressing over grilled lettuce quarters and a handful of cherry tomatoes.

*Dressing can be made in a food processor if desired.*