Spinach Salad with Meyer Lemon Caesar Dressing and Flatbread Croutons

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 5 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Meyer Lemon Caesar Dressing:

1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (or 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice combined with 1 tablespoon orange juice)

4 cloves roasted garlic

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

3 anchovy fillets

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for shaving

1-pound baby spinach, washed and dried

Flatbread Croutons, recipe follows

Flatbread Croutons:

1 recipe flatbread, recipe follows

Olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Flatbread:

1 1/2 cups warm water (105 to 110 degrees F)

1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive or canola oil, plus more for bowl

Directions

  1. Place lemon juice, garlic, mustard, mayonnaise, anchovies, red wine vinegar, salt, and a good amount of freshly ground black pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the oil and blend until emulsified. Add the grated cheese and blend for a few seconds to incorporate.
  2. Place spinach in a large bowl, add dressing, and toss to coat each leaf. Add Flatbread Croutons and toss again. Top with shaved Parmesan and serve immediately.

Flatbread Croutons:

  1. Flatten flatbread dough, gently press into a large rectangle, brush liberally with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and throw on grill. Grill on both sides until golden brown. Cut into strips about 2 to 3 inches long and 1/4-inch wide.;

Flatbread:

  1. Mix water and yeast in a large bowl and let stand 5 minutes to proof. Gradually pour in 2 cups of the flour and stir to incorporate. Mix for about 1 minute to form a sponge. Let stand, covered, for at least 1 hour.
  2. Put sponge in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the dough hook, add the salt and oil, then add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a dough. Remove from bowl and knead. Place in a clean oiled bowl and let rise, slowly, about 2 1/2 hours. Divide dough into 4 balls, if desired, let rise again for 1/2 hour, and then roll out as desired.
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