Romaine Hearts with Focaccia Croutons and Parmesan


Everyone Can Cook EverythingThis caesar-like salad is made with romaine hearts, the crisp, center portion of romaine lettuce, sold in bags in the produce section of most supermarkets. Serve this salad as a starter or light lunch.

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 Minutes


  • 8 thin slices focaccia bread
  • ½ cup (125 ml) mayonnaise
  • 0.33 cup (80 ml) freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus some for sprinkling
  • 0.33 cup (80 ml) buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • splash Tabasco sauce
  • splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 romaine hearts, chopped, washed and dried
  • 4 lemon wedges
How to Make It
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Set the focaccia slices on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
  3. Remove from the oven and set aside. Combine the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, buttermilk, lemon juice, sugar, garlic, salt, pepper, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl.
  4. Divide the romaine hearts among 4 salad plates. Drizzle some of the dressing over top and serve the rest table side.
  5. Set 2 croutons alongside each salad. Garnish each salad with a lemon wedge, sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese and serve.

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