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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



  • 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


  • 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.