If you've never tried grilling romaine lettuce, you're in for a real treat with this grilled variation of a classic Caesar salad.

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad

We love just about any variation on a Caesar salad you can think of, but this one is a real favorite.

The flavor grilling imparts to both the croutons and the romaine is unique and truly delicious, plus, it looks pretty too! Think of an old-fashioned wilted lettuce salad, only better.

Grilled Caesar Salad

Grilled Caesar Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

If you've never tried grilling romaine lettuce, you're in for a real treat with this grilled variation of a classic Caesar salad.

Ingredients

  • 3 whole hearts of romaine
  • Olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

For the croutons:

  • 1/2 French baguette
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 6 wooden skewers (4-inch)

For the dressing:

  • 1-1/2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten (see safety notes below)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 6 or 7 anchovy fillets, rinsed and mashed
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat (about 400°F).
  2. Lightly rinse the outside of the romaine hearts and pat dry. Halve lengthwise, leaving the core intact to hold the lettuce together and lay on a towel to absorb any excess moisture.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, eggs, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and anchovies.
  4. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Taste and add more lemon juice or Worcestershire if desired. Set aside.
  5. Halve the baguette lengthwise and cut crosswise into 3/4-inch thick slices. Skewer 4 pieces of baguette onto each skewer.
  6. Place the butter and olive oil in a small saucepan. Add the smashed garlic clove and heat on low for about 5 minutes.
  7. Brush the croutons liberally on both sides and transfer to a plate.
  8. Lightly oil the grill grates and grill the croutons for about 1 minute per side or until toasted and golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  9. Brush the cut side of the romaine with a little bit of olive oil (don't overdo it) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  10. Oil the grill grates and grill the lettuce, cut side down for about 3 minutes. Turn over, grill 1 minute additional and transfer to 6 individual salad plates.
  11. To serve, top each romaine heart with a skewer of croutons, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and a bit of freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.

Notes

We like to use pasteurized eggs whenever possible, but if you can't find them, refrigerated egg substitute sold in the carton (e.g. Egg Beaters) will do. Use 4 to 5 tablespoons.

If you're in a hurry and don't want to fuss with whole anchovies, substitute 1 tablespoon of anchovy paste from a tube. The taste is pretty good, although it can be a little saltier than rinsed anchovies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 498 Total Fat: 43g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 32g Cholesterol: 83mg Sodium: 585mg Carbohydrates: 20g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g
Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.