How to Grill Lettuce + Simple Italian Grilled Romaine Salad

Last updated: August 25, 2021
4.52 from 105 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!
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Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad on a plate ~ easy vegetarian grilling recipe with how to video

Lettuce might not be top of mind when it comes to grilling. I get it! A few years ago I too thought, “lettuce is so delicate, I just don’t think that will work.

But after trying it, I understand why I was seeing it on restaurants everywhere. Because grilled romaine lettuce is amazing, and incredibly easy.

Without an ounce of effort, it turns lettuce into something so different, delicious. Hot and crisp, with browned ruffled edges. Tender on the inside, yet still some crunch to give.

A drizzle of good olive oil, a splash of bright lemon, and a dusting of fresh parmesan cheese. It’s the absolute perfect side to this juicy Ribeye steak recipe!

Olive Oil Grilled Romaine Lettuce {heartbeet kitchen blog}
Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad ~ easy vegetarian grilling recipe with how to video

This grilled lettuce technique is pretty much foolproof, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Most important: slice the head of lettuce VERTICALLY, think lengthwise. This keeps the leaves connected to the core, thus your leaves staying together, nice and firm.
  2. Make sure your grates are clean, and brush them with a little oil.
  3. Turn that grill up to medium high, no need to be shy. This will give the lettuce those beautiful sear marks and infuse a smokiness.
  4. Don’t forget the fresh lemon juice. This is key to making the natural flavors of the lettuce sing, and brightens the entire dish.

You can watch this Grilled Lettuce video to help guide you in making it as well!

Simple Italian Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad on a plate with half lemon

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.

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Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad ~ easy vegetarian grilling recipe with how to video

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!
4.52 from 105 votes
Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :5 minutes
Total Time :10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Amanda Paa

SCALE:

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of fresh and firm romaine lettuce cut vertically (you will have 4 halves)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt divided
  • black pepper
  • one medium lemon cut in half
  • 2 ounces fresh parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  • 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 some 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 more salt and pepper, drizzle with remaining olive oil. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over each half. Use a grater to shave LOTS of fresh parmesan on each halve. Instead of parm, 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.
Simple Italian Grilled Romaine Salad ~ easy vegetarian grilling recipe with how to video

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August 2, 2016

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24 comments

  1. 5 stars
    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

  2. 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!

  3. DELICIOUS! Do you recommend serving the lettuce right off the grill? Or can you grill ahead of time and serve it room temp/cold?

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!