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Grilled Romaine Salad with Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette

Elevate your favorite grill recipes with this quick, easy summer salad recipe. The bitter edge of root vegetables and rich complexity of aged balsamic vinegar make this an ideal side dish for pairing with the bright acidity in our Jordan Chardonnay.

Ingredients

  • 3 hearts of romaine, root trimmed and outer leaves removed

  • 3 endive, root trimmed and outer leaves removed

  • 1 small head of radicchio, quartered

  • ¼ cup aged balsamic vinaigrette

  • maldon sea salt to taste

  • pancetta, diced for garnish

For the vinaigrette

  • 2 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp sherry vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp Champagne vinegar

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds, toasted

  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

  • 1 tsp fresh tarragon

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • ½ cup grapeseed oil

  • ¼ cup toasted walnut oil

  • ¼ cup Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • kosher salt to taste

Ingredients

  • 3 hearts of romaine, root trimmed and outer leaves removed

  • 3 endive, root trimmed and outer leaves removed

  • 1 small head of radicchio, quartered

  • ¼ cup aged balsamic vinaigrette

  • maldon sea salt to taste

  • pancetta, diced for garnish

For the vinaigrette

  • 2 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp sherry vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp Champagne vinegar

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds, toasted

  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

  • 1 tsp fresh tarragon

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • ½ cup grapeseed oil

  • ¼ cup toasted walnut oil

  • ¼ cup Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • kosher salt to taste

Instructions

serves 6

To prepare the vinaigrette, combine vinegars, mustard, mustard seeds, herbs and shallot in a blender. Then, on low speed, slowly incorporate each of the oils to emulsify. This vinaigrette can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

For the salad, preheat grill to medium high. Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil and blanch the endives (whole) for two minutes. Drain, quarter and reserve. In a non-reactive bowl, gently toss romaine, radicchio and endive in vinaigrette and allow to marinate for five minutes. Drain vegetables and reserve vinaigrette. Grill vegetables until edges are slightly charred.  

Remove vegetables from grill, finish with reserved vinaigrette and diced pancetta just prior to serving.

Wine Pairing Suggestions

Every bottle of Jordan is crafted with food in mind. The elegant balance between fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol found in our Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon make them versatile for a variety of food & wine pairings. We’ve selected a few vintages that we believe will complement or contrast flavors in this recipe perfectly.

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