When thinking of grilling, people typically think of meat. But, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of grilling vegetables. They can bring any side to the next level by just popping them on the grill and allowing the smoky flavor to come through.
Grilled romaine is the perfect way to elevate a boring salad without adding in a ton of ingredients. The lettuce caramelizes on the grill, creating a sweet flavor that pairs deliciously with some char. Drizzled with some olive oil, salt, pepper and parmesan, this grilled romaine is the perfect side salad or appetizer!
Drizzle olive oil over your desired amount of romaine hearts and sprinkle some freshly cracked black pepper and Maldon sea salt on top. The key is to use high quality ingredients (even seasonings and spices) to add flavor and bring your dish up a notch.
Brush olive oil onto your grill grates so your lettuce doesn’t stick.
I set my grill to have direct and indirect heat available so that if the lettuce gets too hot on the direct side, I can easily move it to the indirect side to slow the cooking.
GRILLING YOUR ROMAINE
Place the romaine hearts on the grill using tongs. When the lettuce starts cooking, it will turn bright green and intensify in flavor. Let the lettuce cook on the grill for a couple of minutes until it develops char marks. Flip the lettuce over and continue cooking for a few more minutes.
After a few minutes, pull the romaine lettuce off the grill and chop it up into bite sized pieces to put in a salad. The grilled lettuce is going to have a subtle sweetness that makes it delicious!
Put the lettuce in a bowl and drizzle some more olive oil over it. Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan on top with more pepper and sea salt. Toss the salad and you’re ready to serve!
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