Grilled Romaine Salad

Grilled Romaine is one of those restaurant trends that most critics scoff at. It’s been overdone and quickly lost it’s uniqueness. Meh, oh well. I think critics are usually a little pretentious anyway. As Chef Olsen usually says, “I don’t care if it’s fois gras or if it’s a McDonalds French fry… if it’s good, it’s good.” Grilled Romaine sounds way more fun than boring old salad, so I figured I would try it. This salad is incredibly simple but the taste is surprising and addicting. Just that little bit of char adds a great smokey flavor to the lettuce. A light mustard vinaigrette gives it some punch, and some salty Parmesan gives it the perfect richness. A wonderful option for an outdoor barbeque this holiday.


Grilled Romaine Salad
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Recipe type: Salads
Serves: 4
  • 2 Romaine hearts, cut in half
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 heaping tbs Dijon or spicy mustard
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shaved Parmesan (if desired)
  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
  2. While the grill is heating, make the dressing; combine the mustard, lemon zest and juice, shallot, and garlic in a small container. Whisk to combine, and then drizzle in the oil and whisk until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Lightly drizzle the Romaine hearts with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill the Romaine hearts for about 2 minutes per side, or just until the lettuce begins to char. Rotate until it is cooked on all sides.
  5. Remove from the grill and drizzle the dressing. Top with shaved Parmesan if desired. Serve immediately.

3 thoughts on “Grilled Romaine Salad

  1. Maybe this is an obvious question, but I was wondering: How do you clean the romaine heart if you cook it while still in tact? I always find bits of dirt when I disassemble the leaves.

    • Not an obvious question at all! I carefully pull the leaves back and run the water straight down the leaves. It isn’t 100%, but it does get quite a bit of dirt out!! Make sure to shake the leaves well and pat dry before you grill.