Grilled Romaine

Grilled romaine? Really, grilled lettuce? Yes! So easy, so quick. The grill adds a slightly smoky flavor to the lettuce and just slightly wilts the leaves. It’s perfect for a Caesar Salad and also works great with other strong flavors like bleu cheese and bacon. Add a piece of grilled chicken or steak to the mix and you have yourself a meal.

The key to grilling romaine is getting your grill to the right temperature (about 400) and to be quick. Some recipes call for grilling the romaine on both sides, but I found that to be too much char. I also used romaine growing in my own garden and found that it needed less time than the larger, more perfectly shaped romaine available at a supermarket. For the smaller heads, I found just over a minute on the grill gave the leaves the grill marks and taste I was looking for. If you’re going with conventional lettuce, give it more time – about 2 minutes.

Happy Eating!


Grilled Romaine

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Plan for half a head of romaine per person

  1. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, halve the romaine lengthwise.
  3. When the grill is ready, drizzle the cut-side of the lettuce with olive oil. Place on the grill, cut side down.
  4. Grill about 1-2 minutes, depending on the size, just until you have dark grill marks and the lettuce is slightly wilted. Once you’ve got that, add some pepper, and you’re ready to eat!
  5. Dress the romaine with a Caesar, bleu cheese or other strongly flavored dressing. Top with parmesan cheese. Add a piece of grilled chicken or steak to make a meal.

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