If you’ve never tried grilled romaine lettuce, you’re in for a treat!
Crisp romaine hearts are grilled just enough to give the edges a little char (don’t cook them!) and drizzled in an easy Dijon vinaigrette.
This easy recipe adds a little fancy flair to your summer menu.
- Crispy grilled romaine salad can be served as a side or an entrée salad with a tangy mustard vinaigrette! Add in some grilled chicken for a hearty meal.
- Hearts of romaine stay cool and crisp on the inside while the edges develop a light char with a smoky flavor.
- Prep dressing and lettuce ahead and chill until ready to use.
Ingredients for Grilled Romaine
Romaine – Look for compact romaine hearts for this recipe. Big full heads of romaine lettuce are more suited to a caesar salad. Cut them in half length-wise, keeping the core intact with the leaves.
Dressing – Tangy lemon, Dijon, and honey pair perfectly with the slightly bitter flavor of romaine. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar or a store-bought bottle of vinaigrette will work if time is short. If you’d prefer a grilled caesar salad, drizzle with Caesar dressing.
Variations – Create a hearty salad by adding grilled chicken breasts and your choice of either bacon bits or blue cheese crumbles, then drizzle with Caesar dressing for extra flavor. Or go low-carb and switch out the croutons for toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds or nuts.
How to Make Grilled Romaine
- Prepare dressing (as per the recipe below).
- Preheat the grill and spray cut romaine hearts with a touch of cooking oil and season.
- Grill lemon half and seasoned romaine hearts cut side down until lightly charred. Remove both from the grill.
- Serve grilled romaine cut side up with dressing, croutons, and parmesan cheese. For best results, serve immediately.
On the Stovetop: Saute prepared lemon and romaine lettuce cut sides down in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) and cook on high until the cut sides are lightly caramelized.
What to Serve With Grilled Romaine
Why not make an entire grilled dinner while dining al fresco? How about a juicy grilled ribeye steak or salmon, a grilled romaine salad, a side of red potatoes, a side of garlic bread, and some yummy grilled peaches with a dollop of homemade whipped cream!
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Add a new twist to summer with this grilled romaine salad recipe!
Combine all dressing ingredients in a small jar with a lid. Shake until fully combined and refrigerate.
Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high heat.
Cut each romaine heart in half lengthwise. Lightly spray with olive oil spray and season with salt and pepper.
Cut the lemon in half and place it cut side down on the grill. Add the romaine to the grill, cut side down and cook 2 to 3 minutes or just until lightly charred.
Remove the lettuce and lemons from the grill.
Arrange the lettuce cut side up on a serving plate. Drizzle with dressing, sprinkle with croutons and squeeze the grilled lemon over top. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.
If possible, cut the romaine hearts in half 24 hours in advance and rinse with cold water. Shake them dry and place them in the fridge on a paper towel-lined plate, cut side down. This will make the crispiest lettuce.
Ensure the lettuce is dried well after washing or it will steam and won’t be crisp.
Grilled romaine salad is best consumed fresh.
Calories: 195 | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4981IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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