Charred cos salad with oven-dried tomatoes

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    3 hours 10 min

    Cos, or romaine, hearts are slightly charred on the barbecue, then served with oven-dried tomatoes and a fabulous shallot and balsamic vinaigrette. This is truly a stunning salad for a summertime dinner party!


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 120ml olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 8 plum tomatoes, halved lengthways
    • 2 shallots, halved lengthways and peeled
    • 125ml balsamic vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 420ml olive oil
    • 4 cos (romaine) lettuce hearts
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:2hr40min  ›  Ready in:3hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 100 C / Gas 1/4. Mix olive oil, caster sugar, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Place tomatoes in the bag, seal and shake to coat. Arrange coated tomato halves cut side up on a baking tray. Bake tomatoes 2 1/2 hours in the preheated oven. Remove from heat, and let cool.
    2. In a blender or food processor, finely chop the shallots. Add vinegar and dark brown soft sugar; process until smooth. Slowly add 420ml oil, processing frequently, so as to thicken the mixture.
    3. Preheat barbecue for high heat. Brush cos hearts with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Place cos hearts on the preheated barbecue. Cook 5 to 10 minutes, turning frequently, until slightly charred but not heated all the way through. Serve warm on salad plates surrounded by tomato pieces and drizzled with the shallot dressing.

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    Reviews in English (50)

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    This is awesome. I made this for a casual dinner party for 10, tripled the recipe and had no left overs! My guests couldn't wait to get the recipe. I've served it with and without the oven-dried tomatoes. I had more than 1/2 the oil left over from the tomtoes, so I use 1/2 as much now - cuts down on the fat content also.  -  26 Jul 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    41

    I made this salad for New Year's eve. It was a big hit. Everyone thought the idea of grilling the romaine was very strange, and I was pretty hesitant myself. It turned out wonderful and I have made it a few times since. It is a bit complicated considering it is a salad but well worth it. I also topped it with sime sesame seeds.  -  30 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    37

    This salad is wonderful with a small grilled filet mignon. I like to slice the steak and add it across the top. We also like it with a little parmasen cheese with crumbled garlic croutons. The dressing is very good. We don't use sugar, but sugar substitute (your choice) to help with my diabetic husband.  -  12 Jan 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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