Gem Lettuce Wedges with Sundried Tomato Caesar Dressing

Why hello, Sundried Tomato Caesar Dressing. This robust salad dressing is made a little lighter than traditional caesar dressing, nixing the mayo and using sundried tomatoes to boost the flavor. Adorable little gem lettuces cut in half make for the perfect side salad. Serves 4 to 8 in 15 minutes.

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It’s Monday post Super Bowl and I think we all could use a little salad in our life today, I know I could. A little guilt free, non-fried food is needed, amiright? Not that I overdid it or anything, I made coney dogs (sans bun for me) and air-fried French fries. Did I mention I got an air fryer for Christmas? I did. I’ll keep you posted on those. But for now, are these not the cutest little individual salad wedges?

I discovered gem lettuce at Kroger a while ago and I’ve been loving them ever since. You can find these sold individually in the produce bin/section and they are the most adorable lettuces. Sweet and crunchy, and totally look a lot like baby romaines. They are super convenient for salads and the leaves are also great for using as wraps.

Since I’ve been eating allthesalads, these little gems keep it fun.

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And you know I love a salad is where I can using my knife and fork. Who doesn’t? Especially one drizzled with a deep cinnabar colored dressing?

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To make this flavorful dressing, here’s what you’ll need: 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (packed in olive oil), 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and a tablespoon champagne vinegar,  1 clove garlic, a splash of Worcestershire, pinch of red pepper flakes, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup water or more.

You’ll also need 2 to 4 little gem lettuces. If you can’t find them, small heads of romaine lettuce can be used.

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To start, you’ll need to lug out your food processor (fitted with the blade attachment) or a high-speed blender. You’re going to want to use something that will get the job done.

To it, add the almonds, sundried tomatoes, Parmesan, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic clove, Worcestershire, olive oil , a pinch of kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and red pepper flakes (if using).

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Secure the lid and process. Drizzle in the water until it reaches your preferred consistency. You can best store this dressing in an airtight container for up to a few weeks.

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Prepping the gem lettuces is simple too. I split each head in halve lengthwise, rinse and place cut-side facing down onto paper towel to drain.

In the summer I would brush the cut sides with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill to get a nice flavorful char on the leaves. But you can achieve the same thing, using a cast iron skillet or grill pan indoors.

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Did you know that caesar dressing doesn’t have to be saved for only Caesar salads? I have made this sundried tomato dressing for salads with all kinds of toppings and it’s especially delicious with bacon and mushrooms – like you don’t even know how good. But I opted to use sunflower seeds and sliced almonds for the crunch that croutons normally do. But totally use whatever salad toppings your heart desires.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Sundried Tomato Caesar Dressing recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Gem Lettuce Wedges with Sundried Tomato Caesar Dressing

With this salad, it's all about the Sundried Tomato Caesar Dressing. The dressing is made a little lighter than traditional caesar dressing, nixing the mayo and using sundried tomatoes to boost the flavor. Adorable little gem lettuces cut in half make for the perfect side salad. Serves 4 to 8 in 15 minutes.

Yield: a little over a cup or so

Prep Time: 5 minutes (if that)

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: about 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (packed in olive oil)

1/2 cup freshly and finely grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons of slivered almonds

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon champagne or white wine vinegar

a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce

a clove of peeled fresh garlic

a pinch of red pepper flakes

a pinch of kosher salt

a few grinds fresh black pepper

1/4 cup of water or more, as needed

Directions:

Add ingredients to a food processor and process until combined. Add water as needed to thin out.

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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2 Responses to “Gem Lettuce Wedges with Sundried Tomato Caesar Dressing”

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    Wanda — February 5, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Awesome! I was looking for something to use up left over sun-dried tomatoes that are hanging out in the frig! This dressing looks like it would be great for dipping celery, etc…for a healthy snack too.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 17th, 2018 @ 9:45 am

      Ooooh! That’s a great idea!

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