Gather your ingredients: heart of romaine, red and yellow heirloom tomatoes, 1 Meyer lemon, parmesan cheese, mascarpone cheese, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Always wash and dry your produce to remove harmful pesticides and dangerous contaminants. Maybe one day I'll tell you a story about the time I ate contaminated bean sprouts.
Whisk together the two cheese and the lemon juice in a bowl. Slowly whisk in about 3 teaspoons of olive oil.
At this point, my husband entered the kitchen and asked the obvious questions "Why are you taking pictures of your food?" I explained that it was Slice of Life time again, and he began giving me tips on lighting and camera angles. He also panicked about me using a stained kitchen towel in my pictures. The bad news is all of my kitchen towels are stained because I actually cook! Continue to whisk until smooth and a little bit fluffy. Add salt and pepper to taste. I recommend freshly ground pepper.
The dressing is good and lemony as is at this point, but I wanted something with a bit more depth. I decided to add two of my favorite ingredients. Freshly minced garlic and diced shallots are a way to add big flavor with just a tiny bit of ingredients. Make sure you dice the shallots very small. A stain on my towel is clearly visible here.
Whisk in the garlic and shallots, and add a bit more salt and pepper.
This creamy, lemony dressing is similar to Caesar dressing but without the anchovies. I despise fish! It made about 1/2 cup, but I only needed about 2 tablespoons for my salad. I put the rest in a glass bowl to use with lunch tomorrow. I think the dressing would keep for a few days or up to a week. Top the salad with as much dressing as you like. I just wanted a light coating on the vegetables.
Mix the dressing in with salad, add salt and pepper to taste, and top with a spicy peperoncini pepper and enjoy!
If you like spicy foods, I think you could add some crushed red pepper to this dressing for a little extra kick.
Tomorrow, I bake cupcakes! They won't be a fresh as this delicious salad, but they will be from scratch. Come back for pictures and a recipe!