Summer of Caesar: Celebrate the season with a salad charcuterie board
Summer celebrations come in many forms – backyard games, fun at the pool, time with family – but perhaps a favorite is enjoying fresh, delicious foods that are easy to prepare. Put a twist on the classic Caesar salad this summer with crunchy textures and energizing flavors to keep the excitement rolling all season long.
Capitalize on a food trend that’s all the rage with this easy-to-assemble Chicken Caesar Salad Charcuterie Board for a unique way to share a meal. Sliced chicken provides that familiar taste of grilled summer fare combined with hard-cooked eggs, fruits, veggies, cheese and crostini.
At the heart of the dish is the Fresh Express Twisted Lemon Caesar Chopped Salad Kit, which provides a spin on traditional Caesar flavor by adding in bright notes of lemon. The kit features crisp iceberg lettuce, colorful and sweet dried cherries, crunchy Parmesan cheese crisps and lemon white wine Caesar dressing to bring a little sunshine to each bite.
A convenient, ideal bed for this salad charcuterie board, the kits can also be enjoyed as an easy summer salad on their own and are available in the refrigerated produce department at grocery stores.
Visit FreshExpress.com for more mealtime inspiration and to find salad kits near you.
Chicken Caesar Salad Charcuterie Board
Prep time: 25 minutes
3 packages (9.1 ounces each) Fresh Express Twisted Lemon Caesar Chopped Salad Kits
2 pounds sliced grilled chicken
16 slices crostini
1 cup chopped hard-cooked eggs
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup diced cucumber
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped apple
1 cup chopped tomato
1 cup shaved Romano cheese
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup golden raisins
1 lemon, sliced
Place lettuce from salad kits in large bowl; place in center of large round cutting board or platter.
Arrange sliced chicken and crostini around bowl of lettuce.
Place salad dressings and toppings from salad kits in individual small bowls. Place eggs, celery, cucumber, red onion, apple, tomato, Romano cheese, pecans, raisins and lemon slices in individual small bowls.
Arrange bowls in circle around lettuce, chicken and crostini.
5 Ways to Savor Fresh-Grilled Summer Seafood
Keep the grill cooking all summer long with a family favorite, seafood, and satisfy taste buds with fresh flavors hot off the grates. While some people assume seafood is challenging to cook, it can actually be an easy meal for home chefs of all skill levels.
To ensure your cookout is an unrivaled success, start with seafood that brings superior taste to the table. From crustaceans to a wide selection of unique-tasting oysters and sea scallops, mussels and clams, Maine Seafood offers something for all seafood lovers.
With a coastline that stretches 3,478 miles along the cold, clean North Atlantic, the state is home to a diversity of both wild-caught and farmed species.
Get inspired by these Maine Seafood grilling tips, sure to elevate your at-home seafood experience with the state’s superior taste and quality:
Heat grill to medium-high heat. Pat salmon dry; brush with olive oil and top with seasonings. Place salmon skin side down on grill grates and cook 6-8 minutes, or until meat turns opaque. You can also try a grill-safe cedar plank to infuse added flavor.
Heat grill to medium-high heat then place littleneck clams directly on grill grates or in a single layer on a large baking pan. After 5-7 minutes on the grill, clams will begin to open. Without spilling juice, carefully place clams on a serving platter. Serve with melted butter or in pasta. Discard clams that don’t open.
Place oysters cupped sides down directly on grill heated to medium-high. Cover the grill and cook until oysters open and meat is opaque and cooked through, about 5 minutes for smaller oysters and 8-10 minutes for larger ones. Place on a serving platter, remove top shells and run a sharp knife along insides of bottom shells to detach oysters. Top with garlic butter and serve with lemon.
Heat grill to medium-high heat. Pat haddock – flaky white fish that’s sweet and delicate – dry and brush with olive oil. Wrap fillets in aluminum foil with herbs and seasonings; completely seal with seam sides facing upward. Grill 8-10 minutes, or until meat turns opaque.
For a delicious twist this summer, enjoy these tender, tasty Grilled Lobster Tacos with vinegar slaw and cilantro lime crema.
For easy, delicious recipe inspiration and to order seafood straight to your door, visit SeafoodfromMaine.com.
Grilled Maine Lobster Tacos
Total time: 25 minutes
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon celery seeds
2/3 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1/2 small head green cabbage, shredded or cut thinly (approximately 8 cups)
Cilantro Lime Crema:
1/2 cup sour cream
fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 lime, zest only, minced
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
kosher salt, plus additional to taste, divided
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Extra-virgin olive oil
4 large (4-6 ounces each) Maine Lobster tails, defrosted
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
8 small flour tortillas
pico de gallo
1 lime, cut into wedges for serving
To make vinegar slaw: In small saucepan over medium heat, heat apple cider vinegar, celery seeds, sugar and water; stir until sugar dissolves. In large bowl, pour mixture over cabbage; cover and refrigerate.
To make cilantro lime crema: In blender, blend sour cream, cilantro, mayonnaise, lime juice, lime zest and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, to taste; refrigerate.
To make lobster tacos: Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Brush grill grates with oil to prevent sticking. Using kitchen shears, cut lobster shells in half lengthwise. Place skewer through meat to prevent curling during cooking.
Brush lobster meat with melted butter and season with salt and pepper.
Grill lobster tails meat side down 5 minutes then flip.
Brush meat again with butter and cook 5 minutes, or until opaque throughout. Cook to 140 F internal temperature.
Remove meat from shells and cut into bite-sized chunks or leave whole, if desired.
Place tortillas on grill 30-60 seconds per side, or until warmed and slightly brown.
Add drained slaw to tortillas. Top with lobster meat, pico de gallo and cilantro sauce. Serve with lime wedges.