Be sure to check out the end of the post – I joined up with some fellow Wisconsin food bloggers to bring you a collection of grilled recipes for your 4th of July festivities!
The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. But my celebrations look a little different these years than they did growing up.
Just about every year, my extended family would get together at my grandparent’s 188-acre farm in Missouri. A farm that’s been in the family for over 100 years.
My uncle would take my cousins and I to buy fireworks. Good fireworks. Not the little dinky ones that go out after 30 seconds. Because really, my uncle is just a big kid himself and I think he enjoyed the fireworks as much as we did.
My grandma would make homemade ice cream and about a half-dozen other dessert options, ranging from apple pie to cheesecake to cookies.
We’d grill out for dinner, gorge ourselves on ice cream, and start the fireworks as soon as we possibly could.
The kids would take turns setting off the fireworks that they chose. My brothers and cousins would set off bottle rockets while the adults fussed at them trying to make sure no one lost an eye.
When it was finally dark enough, we’d set off the big fireworks. (Not big as in your local park’s firework display but still big for putting on your own production.) Eventually, we’d either run out of fireworks or lose our patience fighting off pesky mosquitos and we’d call it a night.
I’m so thankful for those precious memories and think of them every year around this time. Our family has grown and my celebrations look different now but I always try to make sure I take time to enjoy the holiday with family or friends.
I hope you have a fantastic holiday and make some memories you’ll treasure in years to come. :)
And now on to this salad! It’s a nice, easy side dish that will be a great complement to the burgers, hot dogs, and barbecue you might be cooking up. If you’ve never grilled romaine, give it a try. It’s delicious and goes well with grilled corn and a tangy blue cheese dressing.
Need some recipe ideas for the holiday? Check out some of these recipes from my fellow Wisconsin food bloggers!
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Grilled Romaine & Corn Salad with Blue Cheese
For the salad:
- 2 heads of romaine, cut in half
- 2 ears of corn
- 1/4 c. blue cheese crumbles
- olive oil
- smoked paprika
- chopped fresh herbs or green onions
For the dressing:
- 1/4 c. + 1-2 T. blue cheese
- 2 T. mayo
- 2 T. milk
- 1/2 t. apple cider vinegar
- big pinch of black pepper
- pinch of salt, if needed
First, blend all dressing ingredients together in a blender or food processor. Taste the dressing and add more blue cheese or salt if needed. Set aside. Next, heat up a grill to a medium-low heat. Brush the romaine halves lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Once the grill is hot, place the romaine halves on the grill cut side down. Grill for about 1-2 minutes, just enough to get some color and start to wilt. Flip over and grill for another minute or so. Place on a serving dish.
Bump up the heat on the grill to medium heat. Drizzle olive oil on the corn and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Once the grill is heated to medium, grill the corn until charred and heated through, about 3-4 minutes. Turn the corn every few minutes so that all s
To prepare the salad, cut the corn off the cob when cool enough to handle. Sprinkle the corn over the grilled romaine. Drizzle with the dressing and top with blue cheese crumbles and fresh herbs or green onion. Serve immediately.