Grilled Romaine

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Grilled Romain

As flexitarians, you might think we’d use less of a grill in the summer than those with a meat-centric diet. Au contraire – the grill is actually our cooking method of choice in the summer!  (We may actually set a record for consecutive days of use.)

Our grill mania was further fueled this past week when we were gifted by a complete stranger with a beautiful charcoal grill (the highlight of our week, most definitely!). Long story, but suffice it to say, we were touched by his generosity and even more excited to experiment with our new favorite toy.

We’d been hearing about grilled romaine quite a bit lately, and thought we’d give it a whirl. At the outset, it might seem a bit strange (grilled…lettuce?), but somehow grilling this green brings out an unexpectedly beautiful smoky flavor. I’m not quite sure how to describe it, but it is hands down one of the best things I’ve tasted lately.

With a little freshly grated Parmesan, this is the perfect easy way to start a summer meal al fresco. We served it alongside pasta recently and it was an excellent compliment. Give it a try – and experience the magic of grilled salad!

Grilled Romaine
Serves: 4 as an appetizer or side
What You Need
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce (or packaged romaine hearts)
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
What To Do
  1. Preheat a grill. (If you don’t have a grill, you also can use a stovetop grill pan; in that case, skip this step.)
  2. Wash and dry the romaine. If using romaine heads, remove a few of the outer-most leaves and save for a salad at another time.
  3. Cut each romaine heart in half lengthwise. Drizzle each side liberally with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and add several pinches kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Place the romaine hearts on the grill, and grill for about 3 minutes on each side, until slightly charred.
  5. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

17 Comments on “Grilled Romaine”

  1. anja

    I immediately had to smile…the same with BBQ situation at my house. 5 of 7 days grilling. heard about grilled lettuce from an austrian cook. i never tried but i should. thanks for sharing.

    1. Alex

      Haha! Thanks! Hopefully we’ll be getting around to giving the whole blog a face lift sometime soon :)

  2. City Share

    we have a portable grill, but nowhere to use it. (One of the downsides to living in NYC.) This is giving me another reason to have grill envy. Looks delicious and the description of smoky flavor really sold me.

  3. kita

    Ive always wanted to try grilled romaine but my BF is a stickler for spinach salads. Maybe I can convince him by telling him this one goes over the grill :D

  4. Annie

    I’ve been meaning to try grilled romaine for a while. Since it has your approval, I’m sure I’ll like it! Thanks for the reminder :)

  5. susan

    Boil dark balsamic and a little sugar to make a syrup to drizzle on the plate. Make a vinegrette dressing with EVOO and white balsamic adding a little sugar and bit of orange juice. Pour over grilled lettuce. Shave parmigan cheese or feta on top. Add broken pecans or pine nuts and fresh chopped herbs. There will be no conversation just eating!

  6. April

    A friend recommended that I try grilling romaine. I googled it and came across your site. OMGoodness. SO good! My new favorite way to eat romaine!

  7. Luv2burgirl

    This was fabulous ! I did add a dash of garlic powder, basil leaves and freshly chopped tomato when I served it! My hesitant hubby loved it! Thanks for sharing!

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