You already know that Chris despises anything white and creamy...ranch-type dressings being one of them. Oddly enough, he loves this salad and I think it's possibly the only a la carte add-on salad that he'll get a restaurant yet it's a cream-based sauce! What really makes this salad is the creamy parmesan dressing. I couldn't find Bravo's specific recipe but I found one by Emril so decided to give it a shot. As expected, it wasn't quite the same but still rather good, nonetheless :).
At any rate, Bravo remains one of our favorite restaurants today and so for our (belated) Valentine's Day dinner this year I made a Mock Bravo Italian meal for the two of us at home. I will put the breakouts of restaurant pricing below but in total had we eaten the same meal at Bravo it would have cost us at least $40 + tax and tip.
- Insalata Della Casa ($2.59 each with meal)
- Foccacia Bread and Sun Dried Tomato Dipping Oil* (free with meal)
- Pasta Bravo ($13.99 each)
- Dessert ($3.99+ each), Chubby Hubby Cookies (unrelated to Bravo...just wanted to try them!)
Mock Bravo Della Casa Salad
Yields: 4 Servings
- Iceburg lettuce, rinsed, dried, and chopped
- Tomato, diced
- 1/2 Cucumber, diced
- 1/2 Red onion, diced
- Creamy parmesan dressing, store bought or recipe to follow
- Bacon bits
- Tortilla strips (omitted)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sour cream (used unflavored yogurt)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Essence, recipe to follow
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast)*
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
*Note: Since I didn't know if I'd use the blend again anytime soon I just improvised and did 2 dashes each of paprika, salt, and garlic powder; 1 dash each of remaining ingredients directly into the dressing mixture.
- In a large salad bowl, combine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.
- Add some prepared creamy parmesan dressing and toss to coat. Add more dressing as desired.
- Top salad with bacon bits and tortilla strips before serving cold.