It’s grilling season, which means it’s time to fire up those grills and get creative in the kitchen! There’s a flavor that’s achieved through grilling that you just can’t get any other way – smoky, rich and well, charred. We all know we can grill meats and vegetables, but have you ever tried grilling lettuce to make a deliciously simple salad? Learn how, plus get the recipe for a creamy lemon dressing below!
Coming off of a long weekend is always difficult for me. I find myself reaching for the snooze button more frequently and then rolling out of bed to head straight to the coffee pot. I’m someone who likes routine and so when (welcome) holiday weekends and vacations roll around, it takes me a few days to get back in the swing of things.
This past weekend we had family over and grilled burgers and a new to me food (on the grill)- romaine hearts! Have you ever tried grilling lettuces before? It’s delicious and super simple!
They always say when summertime hits it’s too hot to turn the stove on, but here in Florida with the extra humidity, it’s almost too hot to even turn the grill on. So when we do, it’s a special treat!
My husband is the grill master in the family and has everything perfectly timed out. I, on the other hand, hardly know how to start the grill! Which is totally fine with me because any night we pull the grill out is a night that I get a break from cooking duty in the kitchen.
Back to the grilled romaine. Did I mention how easy and yummy it is? I hear you can grill kale and bok choy, too. I’m thinking those are next on my list!
How to Grill Romaine in Under 5 Minutes
To grill the romaine, you first cut the romaine hearts in half lengthwise, making sure that the root at the end keeps the leaves intact. This is important, because we don’t want lone leaves falling through the grate on the grill!
Next, mince a clove of garlic and add to a small dish with ¼ cup olive oil. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds to infuse the garlic flavor into the oil. Using a pastry brush, brush the oil on each side of the romaine. We don’t want to drench the lettuce (this isn’t the dressing!), but coat just enough to infuse with flavor and prevent the leaves from sticking to the grill.
While the grill is heating to a medium-low temperature, make the creamy lemon dressing. Add ¼ cup soaked cashews, ¼ avocado, 1 garlic clove, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar, juice from ½ lemon and a pinch of salt to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick for your liking, add a Tablespoon of water at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
Now, for the fun part! Place the romaine hearts cut-side down on the grill, positioned on a diagonal so you get those nice grill marks. Close the lid for 60 seconds. Flip the romaine to the other side and repeat for another 60 seconds. Annnnddddd….. that’s it!
Remove the romaine hearts from the grill. Drizzle the warm lettuce with the dressing and top with parmesan shavings and roasted chickpeas (or any toppings of your choosing!).
This grilled romaine with a creamy lemon dressing is the perfect side dish to any grill night. It’s simple, yet elegant, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser with minimal effort!
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Grilled Romaine with a Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 minute
- Total Time: 6 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 2 romaine hearts
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- Creamy Lemon Dressing:
- 1/4 cup cashews, soaked for at least 30 minutes
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- pinch of salt
- Cut the romaine hearts in half lengthwise. Make sure the root is still intact to hold the leaves together.
- Mince the clove and garlic and place in a small bowl with the olive oil. Microwave for 30 seconds to allow the oil to infuse with the garlic flavor.
- Using a pastry brush, coat both sides of the romaine hearts with the oil.
- Heat the grill to a medium-low temperature.
- Meanwhile, make the dressing. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- To grill the romaine, place the cut-side down on the grill at a diagonal to get nice grill marks. Grill for 60 seconds and then flip to the other side and grill for another 60 seconds.
- Remove the romaine hearts from the grill and drizzle with the dressing. Garnish with parmesan shavings and roasted chickpeas (or any toppings of your choice!).
Grilled romaine is SO yummy!! Grilled greens are always such a fun change up. Cabbage is also fantastic!
Oh, yum! Another one to add to my list 🙂
I’ve never really thought much of grilling lettuce, even a heartier one like Romaine. But this recipe sounds so good! It could easily replace a Caesar salad as an appetizer or main dish for a barbecue. And there are so many different types of Romaine lettuce you can grow. You could have a whole assortment of solid green, speckled, and even red Romaine lettuces, all grilled using this recipe. It would look beautiful on a buffet table!
Yes, it totally could! Thanks, Kyla!
oh this sounds amazing!! One day I’ll have a grill again!!
I will be trying this recipe because I totally love romaine lettuce.
I hope you do, Glenda! Enjoy!
I’ve been wanting to try grilled romaine – this dressing sounds like the perfect reason to do it asap!
Oh, you totally should. It’s SO easy!!
This sounds delicious! Such a nice way to change up eating salad. The creamy lemon dressing sounds so good too.
Thanks, Emily! I made it for the second time already last night. It’s so easy!
I heard so much about this, but have never tried it myself. I think now is the time…
Now is definitely the time, Lesley! 🙂
I would have never even thought to put this on the grill! It looks nice and light, perfect for summer!
It’s delicious and a fun way to switch things up. Hope you give it a try!
Never tried grilled romaine lettuce before. And that creamy lemon dressing looks so delicious!
Thanks! They are both delicious. Hope you give it a try!
This looks so yummy! I’ve never even thought to grill Romaine but yours looks amazing. What a great summer salad. And your pinnable image is so cute! What program do you use? You have some wonderful design skills, my friend!
Thanks, Liv! You are too sweet. This comment totally made my day! I use photoshop for everything 🙂 I learned it at my old job and I am so thankful! Although I’ve heard Canva is a great program to use, too.
Yum, this recipe looks wonderful! I love grilled romaine. Thank you for sharing this delish recipe.
Thanks, Ashleigh! 🙂
I have been looking for a recipe like this. SO great! Thank you. I cannot wait to try it. i have seen this in restaurants but it actually looks really easy. 🙂
Oh, it’s easier than you could’ve ever dreamed! I made it last night for the second time it’s so good 🙂
YUM! This is perfect for a summer lunch
I would never think to grill romaine but this looks so good! I need to find a grill so I can try this out!
Haha, yes, that would be key. Although you could probably use a grill pan on the stove as well 🙂
I never would have thought to GRILL lettuce but this looks absolutely wonderful
Thanks, Mandi! You should give it a try!
Get in mah belly!
Okay, you, once again, make me want to cook this like now. It looks and sounds amazing. I love grilled romain, and this looks super easy.
Hi Angelle – Glad to hear I can inspire you! You should totally give this one a try 🙂