Shaved pecorino Romano stars in this salad, which will satisfy a longing for cheese and salty flavors. Prepare the croutons a day or two ahead (step 2); store at room temperature in a zip-top plastic bag. Make the dressing (step 3) the night before, and refrigerate in an airtight container.
Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2008
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Place bread on a baking sheet; bake at 400° for 5 minutes or until toasted. Rub toasted bread slices with cut sides of garlic clove; discard garlic clove halves. Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Place bread cubes on pan; coat with cooking spray. Bake for 5 minutes or until golden. Cool.
3. Combine juice and next 5 ingredients (through crushed garlic) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.
4. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Pour juice mixture over lettuce; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with pepper. Top with croutons and cheese.
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