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Grilled Romaine

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
 
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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.

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    anja
    June 14, 2011 at 12:49 am

    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.

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    June 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

    So simple, so delicious! It looks so good (and that’s saying a lot for plain romaine with parmesan)!

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    Jennifer @ Raisin Questions
    June 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I’ve been hearing about grilled romaine a lot lately, too! Thanks for giving it a try and posting. I guess I’ll have to give it a try as soon as our lettuces really get growing in the garden!

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious
    June 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    It’s amazing how much grilling adds flavor. PS love your new header- very nice! It changed right- or am I imagining it… LOL

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      Alex
      June 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

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

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
    June 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I love this! Grilled romaine is so tasty, just so much more flavorful!

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    Angie
    June 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Love grilled romaine – we keep the grill open all year long and made our own grilled salad in February. Delish!

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    brandi
    June 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    we LOVE grilled romaine! it’s so fun and different.

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    kateiscooking
    June 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    We love grilled romaine!! Caesar dressing or blue cheese dressing are my favorite toppings thus far. Now, I’ll try yours :-)

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    City Share
    June 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

    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.

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    kita
    June 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    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

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    Annie
    June 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

    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 :)

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    Snippets of Thyme
    June 23, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    That sounds really delicious. I would love to try it!

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    susan
    May 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

    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!

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    April
    June 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    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!

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      Alex
      June 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Awesome! We find it amazing how much flavor comes out on the grill. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Luv2burgirl
    August 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    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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