How to Grill Lettuce + Simple Italian Grilled Romaine Salad
Last updated: August 25, 2021
4.53 from 108 votes
Learn how to grill lettuce, an amazing way to transform romaine lettuce into something delicious. Grilling lettuce is simple and infuses it with smokiness and great flavor. You can top the salad with lemon and parmesan, or blue cheese and bacon!
This might just be the technique that turns your salad naysayers into believers. When I was filming this video with my talented friend Wale, him hustling with the camera while I brushed, grilled, and ate, the least I could do was offer him was the of result of our work. I offered, and he hesitated…. “I’ll try it, but I don’t like lettuce.”
He took one bite, sat silent, and then… “Okay, I guess I like lettuce”. Three days later he texted me a picture of grilled lettuce, the starter to the dinner he had made for his girl. I’ll take that as a win. Hope you enjoy it just as much, xo.
How to Grill Lettuce + Simple Grilled Romaine Salad Recipe
Learn how to grill lettuce, an amazing way to transform romaine lettuce into something delicious! Grilling lettuce is simple and infuses it with smokiness and great flavor. You can top the salad with lemon and parmesan, or blue cheese and bacon!
Make sure grates of grill are clean and turn to medium high.
Brush lettuce halves liberally with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, cut side and back side. Then sprinkle each halve with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.
Grill for 3 minutes, cut side down, pressing with your tongs to make sure the lettuce gets a good sear. Flip and grill for 2 more minutes.
Remove from grill. Sprinkle with a touch more salt and 4 grinds of fresh black pepper for each half, drizzle with remaining olive oil. Then squeeze fresh lemon juice over each half.
Use a grater to shave LOTS of fresh parmesan on each halve. Or, another great way to serve it is by crumbling blue cheese and bacon over the top. I also like to chop the grilled romaine heads up, then toss with homemade ranch dressing and sourdough croutons. If you'd like to make it vegan, my 5-Minute Vegan Salad Dressing is so good it's drinkable, and would be an excellent way to finish the grilled lettuce.
Thank you the simple but easy trick of slicing the lettuce in half, much easier and better all around. The first time I tried to grill Romaine the recipe kept the lettuce whole – you need to cut it in half
Do you close the lid of the grill while cooking or leave it open?
lid stays open while cooking!
If you like a little heat, I recommend using chili oil in place of the olive oil.
That looks so great. Easy to make it. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow!
Really easy and an honestly great recipe. I used store bought caesar dressing, but will use your recipe next time! The grilled flavor with the flavor of the beans was spot on. Will be making again this week!
oh, sounds so good with caesar dressing! glad you liked the recipe.
It’s amazing how much grilling adds flavor. PS love your new header- very nice! It changed right- or am I imagining it… LOL
you are correct! :) thank you for noticing.
This is fantastic! just don’t leave on the grill too long it will get a weird texture… Love the flavor.
Delicious! I tried it with toasted sesame oil instead of olive oil and it was out of this world.
the sesame oil is genius! totally going to try that.
DELICIOUS! Do you recommend serving the lettuce right off the grill? Or can you grill ahead of time and serve it room temp/cold?
It’s good both hot right off the grill, or room temp! I like it both ways, and have made it ahead before.
Do you wash and dry the lettuce first?
Yes, I do rinse it lightly!
I love this idea. So simple and delicious. I have grilled romaine for Caesar salad but now I’m going to just forget the Caesar dressing and do it this way.
Grilled radicchio is also delicious.
Loving your Instagram feed!!
oh, thank you for suggesting the grilled radicchio! i can’t wait to try that. xo
Grilled lettuce is AMAZING – I think you’ve hit it spot on – it transforms it into an entirely new vegetable. I love your video (especially your hat shot!) – your simple grilled lettuce is the prettiest ever.
I absolutely LOVE grilling lettuce! And with lettuces (like Bibb ad Boston) that are too delicate for the grill, I saute them with olive oil and sea salt on the stove – especially good to do when things are getting a little wilted. Thanks for the delicious reminder – love how you have added lemon to the mix!
I love the thought of grilled lettuce, so unique! Can’t wait to try it myself!
such a simple way to change an ingredient we use so often. hope you enjoy! xo
That looks so delicious I can’t wait to try it out!
ya, fire up that grill!