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Grilled Romain Lettuce Salad

Written By: Chris - Sep• 06•12

I was inspired to try a grilled salad after viewing an episode of one of my favorite shows; “Chopped!”   It was a grilling special and one of the chefs had grilled some Romain lettuce during the competition.  I recall seeing grilled lettuce in the past and since Bill and I both love salad, and we both love grilled veggies including artichokes and zucchini – I figured why not?!  I rummaged through the fridge to see what other vegetables I had on hand and decided on some peppers and carrots as well as the zucchini.  I opted to leave the cucumber raw to add a nice additional crunch!

The balsamic dressing was left from a previous nights meal.  (The recipe can be found at this link Bill’s favorite)  You might be hesitant to try grilling lettuce, but do it!  I think you’ll like it!  The firm, crunchy leaves of romaine lettuce can take some heat.   The brief time on the grill gives them tasty charred edges and wilts them just slightly in a wonderful way, adding tons of flavor and texture.

Ingredients:

1 to 2 heads of Romaine lettuce
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
2 Carrots
1 Zucchini
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Garlic cloves, smashed
Course Kosher Salt and fresh Black Pepper

Dressing
Feta Cheese

Preheat a grill to medium-high to high heat.  Rinse and pat dry the lettuce.  Cut the heads in half lengthwise and remove any outer loose leaves.  Using a garlic press, smash garlic into oil and brush surface using a basting brush.  Coat the other vegetables with the oil, salt and pepper as well.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.   Start by grilling the carrots before the other vegetables.  Once you’ve turned them, add the other vegetables and place the romaine on the hot grill cut side down.  Allow to grill just until the edges of the leaves start to char, turn and char on the other side as well as turn the others before removing from grill. This should all take about two to three minutes on each side.  Leave your vegetables al dente for texture & great flavor!

Allow vegetables to cool slightly before chopping.  Combine with fresh chopped cucumber, sprinkle with feta cheese and drizzle with desired amount of dressing.

Serve as a side dish.  We enjoyed this with cedar smoked Salmon!

Enjoy!

Cheers!
~Chris

 

 

 

 

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