Who would have thought that grilling lettuce would be a good idea? Well, guess what, it is! This recipe for a grilled romaine lettuce is simple and provides the framework for an absolute knock-out of a salad.
The grill provides such a wonderful flavor and little warmth to the dish while the romaine lettuce is still able to shine with a nice crunch. You can use this as a base for the currently popular grilled Caesar salad or you can take it one step further as we did and turn it into something magical by adding bacon, avocado, tomatoes, chilies, and blue cheese.
Category: Vegetables, Salads, Sides and Appetizers, Other
Grill: Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill
Heat Source: Charcoal
Estimated Cook Time: 2-3 Minutes
Actual Cook Time: 2 Minutes
Estimated Cooking Temperature: 400° Fahrenheit
Actual Cooking Temperature: 400° Fahrenheit
Salt and Pepper
Salad toppings of your choice. Shown above: Bacon, avocado, blue cheese, yellow pear tomatoes (halved), and fresno chilies (shaved)
Step 1: Preheat your grill to 400° Fahrenheit.
TIP: Make sure you oil and clean your grill. This will help prevent the lettuce from sticking.
Step 2: Halve your romaine lettuce the long way. On the cut side, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3: Grill your lettuce cut side down until charred to your desire. The longer it stays on the grill, the softer and more wilted the lettuce will become. We are really just looking to get a nice little char on one half of the lettuce. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
Step 4: Remove from the grill, top with your desired toppings and serve immediately.
Lessons Learned (Note: I will update this section to include your lessons learned from the comment section)