Grilled Romaine

Grilled Romaine

When it comes time to count off my favorite things to grill, it doesn’t take a whole lot of work to fill the list. While I’m certain to rattle off a fair amount of meat, there may be one surprise addition: lettuce.

When I talk to friends about grilling lettuce, I get the “your mad” look. Well yes, maybe at times, but when I’m talking about grilling lettuce, I do not mean dropping a bunch of chopped greens on the grate to see what happens. Hint: Nothing good.

Romaine is my favorite leafy green to grace my grill. It’s sturdy enough to take a few minutes of heat and when lightly grilled comes out transformed. The satisfying crunch is now accentuated by a little warmth, a softer texture, and a hint of smoke.

Take two romaine hearts and slice them in half through the stem. Drizzle with olive oil and season well with kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper.


Grill each side over direct medium heat for one minute on each side.

Remove from the grill and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese or your favorite salad dressing.

Grilled lettuce is a new way to enjoy an old favorite. Surprise your guests with this twist the next time you entertain. It is without a doubt a surprise crowd pleaser.

 

What are your thoughts? (2)

07.08.15

Skipper M

Mike, thank you for the amazing recipe. I don't believe that my family and I will ever be able to go back to eating lettuce the "old way". Over the Fourth of July weekend, I grilled three romaine lettuce hearts on my Performer Platinum per your instructions, with olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly cracked pepper. Right before I plated the lettuce, I drizzled each serving with some balsamic vinegar. Wow! All four of our children gave it rave reviews. Grilling really does transform lettuce into something extraordinary. Thanks again!

Skipper M

07.07.15

Mike Lang

Skipper - Wow, that is seriously awesome. I am more than pleased you had success with the grilled romaine! The fact the kids even gave it rave reviews is even better. It is pretty amazing what a grill can do, even to lettuce.

Thanks again and grill on!!

Mike

01.08.15

Michael J

I love grilled lettuce Mike, and I like doing a little sesame oil and soy sauce for an asian twist. Although I have many Weber grills, my favorite one for grilled lettuce is my WeberQ, as the grill marks look professional and the caramelization is just right for those people who are giving you the "your mad" look. Nice posting!

01.08.15

Mike Lang

Michael, thanks so much for your comments! I love your idea of the Asian twist. I'm going to have to try it. Also, great point on the Q! Even though it's 0 F here today, I'm planning to fire mine up tonight. I think some more grilled romaine is in order...now where is my soy sauce?

Grill on!
Mike

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