Little Gem Salad with Cara Cara Caesar-ish Dressing with Garlic Parmesan Toasts
It’s Winter Citrus Season – these low acid, sweet Cara Cara navel oranges entice a Caesar-style dressing with zest! A Wonderful – Simple Salad with crunch and a daily dose of garlic.
Make Cara Cara Orange Ceasar-ish Dressing.
Wash and dry the small heads of little gem lettuce. Cut them in half.
On four salad plates or bowls, add 3 lettuce halves, (can also place in a salad bowl.)
Layer with 3 garlic -parmesan baguette toasts and a portion of cara cara oranges – in each bowl.
Drizzle a good portion of dressing over all, and scatter some extra grated parmesan on top.
Garlic -Parmesan Baguette Toasts:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Lay 12 thinly sliced pieces of baguette bread on a rimmed baking sheet.
Put 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl, brush on top sides of the bread.
Bake in the hot oven for 5 minutes or until just golden around the edges.
Remove from oven. Peel a garlic clove, and rub into the tops of each baguette, discard extra garlic (or save for another recipe.)
Scatter 2 T. of grated parmesan over the slices, and top with 1/2 teaspoon of fresh thyme.
Place back in the oven until the cheese is melted, and the toasts are golden and crisp.
Scatter a pinch of sea salt over, if desired.