Grilled BLT Salad with Blue Cheese

Grilling sturdy greens gives them a savory smokiness, which plays beautifully into this riff on the classic BLT.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2-½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, grated
4 hearts of romaine
1/2 cup basil leaves, roughly torn
½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

Whisk together olive oil, vinegar and garlic. Cut 3 of the romaine hearts in half lengthwise and brush with 1 tablespoon dressing. Place halved romaine cut-side down on a medium-hot grill and cook for 5 minutes, until caramelized. Transfer to a cutting board and coarsely chop along with the remaining raw head. In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, basil and tomatoes with remaining dressing. Top with crumbled bacon and blue cheese.

Serves 2

Pair this salad with a glass of the Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc or Bonterra Pinot Noir (which is the perfect wine for the smokey bacon).

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