This grilled romaine salad features charred romaine lettuce hearts and sweet corn, blistered grape tomatoes, and hearty toppings like bacon bits, cotija cheese and hard boiled eggs. Served with a creamy jalapeno ranch dressing, this salad pairs well with shredded chicken or shredded beef!
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I’ve got to shout it from the rooftops – grilled lettuce is actually a thing and it’s delicious!
Before making this grilled romaine salad recipe, I had never grilled lettuce before in my life. I knew that it could be done, but I wasn’t sure if it was really worth the effort. Today I’m here to tell you that it’s worth every single second and more.
Not only is the actual process of grilling lettuce super duper quick (like 3 minutes quick), but the end result is a warm and tender yet crisp and crunchy bite of romaine that has a smoky and charred flavor infused throughout.
How to grill lettuce
To start, we’re going to need some romaine hearts. Romaine hearts are perfect for grilling because they hold together beautifully when sliced in half lengthwise and gives us a nice flat surface to lay on the grill grates.
Spray or brush the cut side of the romaine with some cooking oil.
Grill the lettuce cut side down over direct medium-high heat for about 3 minutes. You want to get the lettuce a little charred, but be careful not to get it overly wilted. Just keep an eye on it and if you notice it getting a little limp, pull it off the grill.
That’s pretty much all there is to it! I prefer to grill only the cut side because I’ve found that grilling both sides results in a soggier lettuce, which is not my favorite.
Grilled Romaine Salad with all the Fixings!
Though the star of this salad is definitely the grilled romaine, it wouldn’t be complete without all the fixings! I’m a big fan of loaded salads and this one has all of my favorites:
- crumbled bacon
- blistered grape tomatoes
- grilled corn
- cotija cheese
- hardboiled eggs
- homemade jalapeno ranch dressing
Gas or Charcoal?
I love grilling romaine over charcoal because of that extra rich smoky flavor that charcoal imparts on food. The lettuce absorbs all that flavor like a sponge and it completely transforms its flavor.
If you don’t have a charcoal grill, a gas grill will work just fine. But if you do have the option of using a charcoal grill, I highly recommend it!
(In case you’ve never used a charcoal grill before, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to start a charcoal grill the easy way.)
I was able to do all the cooking and grilling on my Char-Griller Texas Trio Gas & Charcoal Grill because of the handy dandy side gas burner that’s perfect for dishes that have multiple components like this one.
I cooked the bacon and the hardboiled eggs on the side burner without having to go in and out of the house multiple times and it was oh-so glorious.
Once all the components are grilled, it’s time to put everything together! You can either serve the grilled romaine halves as is and top with all the fixings, or you can chop them up and toss them in a bowl with everything.