Features a rich and tangy homemade dressing on crisp romaine lettuce and crunchy croutons. It takes just a few minutes to prepare this restaurant-quality salad.
The raw garlic will make the dressing very aromatic and sharp-tasting. Some people like this while others do not. Adding 1 clove will make a medium-sharp dressing and 2 cloves will make a very sharp dressing. The dressing is flavorful without the raw garlic so it comes down to preference.
I used a combination of plant-based butter and olive oil to make the croutons. This combination makes an aromatic and flavorful result.
You can use store-bought croutons if you prefer.
It’s also possible to make croutons without oil. It’s easiest in the oven. Bake the bread cubes on a baking sheet at 400 F (200 C) until browned and crispy.
If you plan to serve the lettuce in wedges, as shown in the photos, be sure to purchase “romaine lettuce hearts” which refers to the interior portion of a head of romaine lettuce.
If you’re making the salad ahead of time, store the croutons separately from the other ingredients to prevent them from getting soggy.