What’s up devils? The world of barbecue is mostly considered to be a man’s world, and it’s mostly centered around meat. Men love meat, so it makes sense. Most people will laugh at the idea of a salad being at the barbecue, thinking that a salad is simply the “food of my food” (you know, salad stuff is what the cows and pigs and chickens eat, and you eat the cows and pigs and chickens). But salads are also really good for you, and stuff that’s good for you is all the rage. Besides, you want to stay healthy enough to be able to enjoy barbecue for the rest of your life. So, you can eat a salad and still call it barbecue, because you can barbecue your salad.
There are many reasons to eat a salad. You can put pretty much whatever you want into it and call it a salad, and if you hold to tradition and pack it full of lettuce and other greens, plus fresh vegetables and maybe even some fruit, you’ll get lots of essential nutrients and vitamins that keep you feeling and looking good. Plus it makes you feel a tad less guilty when you eat that third slab or ribs.
Also, when you barbecue your salad, you make it taste even better. It doesn’t mean you smoke the vegetables and smother it with bbq sauce, that would be just weird (or awesome, I’m might try it out). No, it’s more like grilling. It’s a whole lot easier if you have the right equipment, too, like grill mats.
To barbecue your salad, start with your lettuce (romaine hearts work very well) and brush it with olive oil on each side, then sprinkle it with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Then throw it on the grill, indirect heat, and let it caramelize a bit. The flavors that are brought out will be better than any salad you’ve ever eaten (to make this easier, keep the pieces of lettuce large). Then fill it with grilled meats, cheeses, fresh veggies and dressing. Your now the healthiest and classiest guy at the barbecue. Enjoy.