Sensational Salads with a Smoky Spin

How recteq can take your salads to the next level this summer

Let’s get real: we all know you didn’t buy a recteq for the salad potential. But now that you’ve mastered smoking any meat under the sun, it’s time to throw a few more dishes on the table. Whether salads are your “bread and butter” or whether you avoid veggies like the plague, this is the perfect time of year to start rocking a healthier side salad or incredible salad-based main dishes to make mealtime more colorful and delicious.

Tip #1: Smoke the Protein

First things first: if you want to take your salad to the next level, topping it with your favorite smoked or grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp, steak, or pork is a sure-fire way to take your salad from boring side to main attraction. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to get you started:

Smoked Prime Rib Chicken and Shrimp Fajitas with Guacamole Chicken and Shrimp Fajitas with Guacamole BBQ Pork Chops

Tip #2: Char the Greens

Have you tried grilling your actual salad? It sounds a little out there but it’s actually an incredible way to boost the flavor! To grill Romaine hearts, simply slice in half lengthwise, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt & pepper or your favorite recteq rub. Grilling for 2-3 minutes on each side should leave those leaves bursting with smoky flavor. Top your greens with fresh parmesan or your favorite salad dressing fresh off the grill and serve immediately!

Tip #3: Toast the Toppings

Roasted Pecans

Beyond irresistible protein and veggie options, when it comes to creating the perfect salad, the fun is all in the toppings. Candied pecans give your salad a holiday crunch that somehow makes the whole meal feel a little more special. To make these on your recteq, combine a pound of pecans, three tablespoons of honey, and three tablespoons of Rossarooski’s Honey Rib Rub and cook on a grill mat for 45-60 minutes at 275℉. The same method will work for sunflower seeds, almonds, or cashews but you’ll need to adjust your cook times for the best results.

Tip #4: Bump up the Spices

Sometimes all you need to finish off a salad is the perfect spice combination. Our signature recteq blend spices aren’t just for cooking, they also add the perfect finisher to your salad! Here are a few to try for the perfect addition to your salad:

Whether you love salads, or WANT to love salads, recteq has the recipes you need to make fresh salads your new “fast food” alternative. Check out these hits from our recipe library:

Green Jacket Salad

The Green Jacket Salad is recteq’s nod to the traditional Caesar salad with a Master’s-inspired spin! Crisp Romaine topped off with crunchy pita chips and delicious Ben’s Heifer Dust and savory parmesan, this fresh dish is delicious enough to wow your guests during Tournament Week. Add Spatchcocked chicken to round out your meal just like our chef team did in this After Hours video: Click Here!

Grilled Elote Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

You can’t get more summery than savory grilled corn salad! Our Ray's Loco Gringo Rub lays a foundation of “Southwestern heat” to build the flavor as you grill the corn and top off with cilantro, lime, and sour cream to make the final product rich and delicious. If you choose to up the “green” quotient, spoon this on top of a bed of romaine and serve alongside your favorite smoked protein!