Salad beast

Hi friends! How was your night? Ours was pretty bueno- it was nice having the Pilot around for 4 days in a row! We actually got to hang out. I kinda liked it 😉

I was ready to post about our adventures in baby registry, but it was pretty uneventful. I’m more of an online shopper girl, so our online registry is way more beefy than our brick-and-mortar fare, and the only exciting thing was the crazy lady who cut in front of us in line at Target. [We didn’t care at all] The cashier said, “Sorry ma’am, I think those people were waiting.” and the Pilot said “It’s ok, go ahead” and the lady got in his face and yelled at him. I had to turn away so I didn’t laugh.. he was so nice to her, per usual, and she was a little riled up about something.


To make up for lack of afternoon adventures, I do have a legend to show you.

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A grilled salmon Caesar salad beast.

Basically all of my favorite things in life on one plate: greens, goat cheese, salmon, homemade croutons, dressing… I swoon and faint.

When we got home, we were definitely ready for dinner and this only took 20 minutes start to finish.

I seasoned some salmon with steak sauce, sea salt, pepper and a little bit of BBQ sauce:


[I’m sure you can guess who the little unseasoned piece was for…]

and sprayed some romaine with the Misto and seasoned with sea salt and pepper.


The Pilot grilled them up:


and while he was working his magic, I made the dressing and croutons.

Caesar Dressing

-juice of 1 lemon

-2 anchovy filets, minced <—do not fear the little fishy

-3 cloves of garlic, minced

-sea salt and pepper

-1/4 C shredded aged goat gouda + more for topping

-1/4 C almond milk

-2 T olive oil

-1/2 T Dijon mustard

-1 T Veganaise

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl and adjust seasonings to taste.


When the grilled goodies were ready, we poured the dressing on top of the grilled romaine and topped with sliced olives, more shredded goat cheese, and homemade croutons (cubed gluten-free bread sprayed with olive oil and put under the broiler for a couple of minutes) and pepper.


Cedar-plank salmon on the side

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It was a legendary dinner.

So quick and easy, too!


[Not my beer, but I did smell it]

I think there’s only one person dog who enjoyed it more than we did.


Bella = salmon freak.

A couple of work things left to do, and then it’s bedtime 🙂

See ya in the morning with the Schweaty September workout <3



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  1. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on September 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    AHHH i neeeeeed goat cheese back in my lifee asap

  2. Lara on September 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Looks delicious, and the pic of Bella is just so cute. Lulu also adores salmon, and this post makes me realize that we need to spoil her more with it! The problem is, after something like that, she refuses to eat her kibble for a while in protest! Does Bella do that?

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      no, but bella will eat anything 😉

  3. Allison @ Food for Healing on September 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    that grilled salad looks amazing! wow.
    bella is so cute! gah love her.
    We ran into a crazy lady TWICE this weekend, she was so strange…

  4. Angie on September 5, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Omg that salad looks delish! i didn’t even know you could make your own Ceasar dressing so fast and easy like that! I will def have to try that 🙂 Bella’s little face in the last pic takes my heart away! her little eyes <3 🙂 she's so darn cute!!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      her eyes look crazy in that pic!! hahaha
      but yes, she is very cute 🙂

    • Rachel on September 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      One of my two cats nearly does the Bella Chicken Hind Legs Dance when I crack open a can of wet food for the both of them, I really need to get it on video one of these days. He goes completely insane for the stuff.

  5. Nicole @ Giraffelegs on September 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    yummm!!!! I need to get off this blog asap bc it’s nearly 12 am and you are making my hannngrryy

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      i’m sorry! come over- i’ll make ya a salad 🙂

  6. Nicole on September 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Grilled salad!! Brilliant! I’m adding this meal to my menu this week. Yummmm!

  7. Rachel on September 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Oh my god that salad looks AMAZING. Will definitely be adding that one to my stable this week. Where did you get the idea to grill the romaine? Super awesome. Just curious though, what’s up with the Pilot being home for 4 days straight, you mean 4 days off? He doesn’t go off for days anymore does he? I hope not!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      a bloggy left it in the comments section when i asked for grill ideas a couple of days ago. i’d had grilled salad before, but it’s been years!
      and yes, i meant off work for 4 days. it was nice to have him around 🙂

      • Rachel on September 6, 2011 at 12:54 am

        Totally! I’m really glad you both get to be together preparing for Ms. Baby Fabulous’ arrival. So sweet.

  8. jen on September 6, 2011 at 12:00 am

    How does the grilled the romaine taste, I’ve seen it before but always figured it would taste wilted. Cute pic of bella, my bella cat is a salmon freak and my doggie loves Brussels Sprouts which is soo weird to me because even most people hate them, then again he likes lots of veggies and fruits!

    • Fitnessista on September 6, 2011 at 12:01 am

      it tastes wilted, but in a good way. the inside and base of the lettuce is still crunchy, though 🙂
      bella loves veggies and fruits too! her faves are watermelon and garbanzo beans 😉

      • jen on September 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

        yup my dog loves watermelon too bet he would like the beans too never gave him garbanzo beans!

  9. Sana on September 6, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Bella’s tag should say Salmon freak!

    • Fitnessista on September 6, 2011 at 12:02 am

      or “people food freak” 🙂

  10. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on September 6, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Bella is so cute! I have 2 little kitties. One of them is a salmon freak while the other hates it! So funny!

  11. kaila @ healthy helper! on September 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I LOVE grilled salads!!! OMG I had a grilled ceasar at a restaurant once and fell in love!! Haven’t had one since cause I thought they’d be hard to make but you just convinced me to try it out at home!!

    • Fitnessista on September 6, 2011 at 12:16 am

      it was super easy 🙂 you can totally recreate it at home

  12. chelsea on September 6, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I bet she was sad she had to deal with salmon instead of chicken tonight 😉

    • Fitnessista on September 6, 2011 at 12:44 am

      such a tragic life

  13. esmemerrie on September 6, 2011 at 12:30 am

    “do not fear the little fishy” made me laugh 😀 and you are definitely right!

  14. Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) on September 6, 2011 at 1:15 am

    ‘I love chicken and salmon’

    ^^ next dog tag. Anyone who found her would then surely give her back because she’s so spoiled ;P

  15. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 6, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Bella eats better than 90% of America I think 🙂 She’s got good taste savoring her cedar-planked din-din!

    And online shopping..letting the fingers do the walking (and shopping) is pretty much me, too!

    Great recipe on the Caesar dressing. Nice use of vegenaise. (My fave mayo!)

  16. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on September 6, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I think My Baby sister loves grilling almost as much as you do! I bet the croutons would have been awesome cooked on the grill too! Can’t wait for the work out tomorrow!

  17. Jess@Pink Chilli on September 6, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Bless Bella, she’s looking as if to say “what do you want? I’m eating my salmon!”

  18. jen fuller on September 6, 2011 at 1:45 am

    looks so good! I am going to try making it this week!
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  19. Kilee on September 6, 2011 at 1:49 am

    I had salmon and salad for dinner tonight too, but your looks oh-so-much tastier! I will be trying out your grilled salad recipe when we get a BBQ. I always give Layla a bite of salmon, but heard that uncooked salmon can be poisonous to dogs. I’m always careful to only give her a little of the cooked fish. Have a good night!

  20. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on September 6, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Haha I’m pretty sure that Bella loves all things meat 🙂

  21. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on September 6, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Grilled romain sounds awesome!! So funny about the lady at Target. Some
    people are just so strange!

  22. Mer @mersworld on September 6, 2011 at 6:48 am

    That looks so yummy! I’ve always enjoyed grilled romaine when dining out, but was never really sure how to attempt it at home! I’m going to have to make this salad this week! I’m not sure about the anchovies, but I’ll try and work up the courage! LOL!

  23. Hillary on September 6, 2011 at 7:14 am

    I absolutely love that you guys have a cedar plank. What a fabulous idea!

  24. Stephanie @cookinfanatic on September 6, 2011 at 7:37 am

    What a fabulous dinner, lovin’ the grilled romaine!! The first time I used anchovies I was a scaredy cat for sure, they are kind of unsightly but aside from that lend fabulous flavor esp to Caeser dressing!!

  25. Holly @ The Runny Egg on September 6, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I love that you used a whole head of romaine for each of you — the presentation looks fabulous!

  26. Leslie Wingate on September 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I would totally pay to eat that right now. I’ll settle for Bella’s. LOL

  27. Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) on September 6, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Omg bella actually looks crazy in that last picture!!! Hahaha, so cute!

  28. nelly on September 6, 2011 at 8:38 am

    my little jackson loves salmon too…he goes nuts…and his eyes look just as crazy as bella’s!!!!

    and i couldn’t help but laugh out loud at your target story…so glad the pilot is a gentle soul!!!! i most likely would have yelled back…but that’s only because it’s a month to my wedding, and i am in crazy mode…

    have a wonderful tuesday!


  29. Stephanie on September 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I love that picture of bella! It’s a combination of “Look at what I have!” and “Don’t take it!”. Ha! I wish my dog were as photogenic as yours.

  30. Natasha (OveLoves) on September 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I’ve always wanted to make my own Caesar dressing so thank you for the recipe! And, Bella looks adorable! I’ve got a cat who goes nuts for cherries (and fish too, of course) – it’s the oddest thing that can’t be explained. Does Bella crave anything odd & weird?

  31. Michelle on September 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Wow! Your dinner looked amazing. So weird though.. the only other time i’ve seen grilled salad was when an ex BF made it for me and he was also an air force pilot who used to be stationed out of Valdosta. Until I read the rest of the comments here I thought maybe it was some super secret air force recipe. 🙂

  32. Annie@stronghealthyfit on September 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Wow. I want one of those salads!

  33. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on September 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Wow that lady had a bad attitude! He was just being nice!

  34. Liz on September 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I’ve never had grilled lettuce but I’ve seen it around lately and really want to try it… of course I say that now, as summer’s ending and it’s going to get cold, so no one will grill, haha.

  35. Laurie on September 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Oh my gosh, your dinner looks so good! Bella looks like she is enjoying the salmon! My dogs love salmon too!

  36. kathleen on September 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

    look at bella getting in her omega three fatty acids 🙂 that dressing looks delish. just added it to my recipes list!

  37. Cait @ Cait hates Cake on September 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I have GOT to try grilling romaine because that salad looks lovely.

  38. Mo on September 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Bella with her tongue sticking out – damn that is cute. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who grills up a plain portion of whatever we’re having for our pup – steak, a mini burger, salmon – he eats pretty darn good! Take care.


  39. Liz @ Southern Charm on September 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    LOVE this recipe! It looks amazing!! Your creative juices are at work 🙂

    And that is adorable Bella hearts salmon so much … and that she got her own special serving, of course!

  40. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I love this meal idea! I love the flavours of caesar salad, but bottled dressing is always so unhealthy. I’m definitely bookmarking your recipe to try. 😀

  41. LeeAnn on September 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    That salad looks spectacular!!! I had no idea you could grill lettuce!

  42. Emily on September 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Wow I love that you posted the caeser dressing! i have been trying to find one that is creamy like, but didnt include dairy, goat cheese doesnt bother me at all, its the cows milk that does, i am excited to try this recipe, what difference does grilling the head of lettuce make/

  43. Tamar on September 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I would never think of steak sauce on salmon! That sounds great. I have a question, since you’re probably a salmon expert by now 🙂 : are you supposed to eat the skin? I never do, because it seems kind of gross to me, but my fillets also never come out as pretty as yours when I take the skin off to plate them, so I thought you might? I don’t want to miss out on the nutritional benefits if the skin is super healthy or something haha. Thanks!

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