Grilled Caesar Salad

One of the things we had been looking forward to most of all with getting our new house in Ohio was buying a grill. After six years in Boston with nowhere to put a grill, Hubby started shopping drooling over grills the second we started looking at houses.

Grilled Caesar Salad

He had his eyes on a crazy huge one and after some negotiation and consideration, decided on a Weber that heats up in no time flat. He’s seriously so giddy around that thing! We’ve been grilling ever since it was put together, shortly after moving in. And when I say we’ve been grilling, I mean that we’ve grilled every night (and usually twice on weekend days) except when we were out of town or it was raining. It’s been amazing.

Grilled Caesar Salad

While Hubby was eyeing grills, I started researching grilling recipes. I have a ton saved up that I want to try. Really when it comes to grilling, you don’t really need recipes. We tend to just season our protein and veggies and throw them on the grill. A few minutes later, it’s time to eat.

Grilled Caesar Salad

Grilled Caesar salad was something I knew I wanted to try. Using the homemade Caesar salad dressing that I whipped up, we have been enjoying grilled Caesar salad on a regular basis. Who would have thought you could grill lettuce. By doing so, you get a great smokiness with every bite. If you have a grill at home, I highly recommend trying this out!

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Grilled Caesar Salad

Yield: Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

2 hearts of romaine, outer leaves discarded
Caesar salad dressing
Parmesan cheese
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
cherry tomatoes, cut in half, optional

Directions:

Heat grill on high for a few minutes until hot. Lower temperature to medium-low.

Slice the romaine hearts in half lengthwise. Lightly brush the cut side of the romaine with olive oil.

Place romaine hearts on grill, cut side down. Cook for 1-2 minutes and remove to a plate.

Brush romaine hearts with Caesar salad dressing and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Replace on the grill, cut side up. Close grill for 30-60 seconds or until cheese melts. remove romaine to a platter.

Squeeze lemon juice over romaine, season with salt and pepper. Top with cherry tomatoes if using a serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from The New York Times

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6 Responses to “Grilled Caesar Salad”

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    Jennifer — May 24, 2013 at 7:29 am

    This was done on the Next Food Network Star last year. I thought it was really cool and interesting!

    • beantownbaker — May 24th, 2013 @ 9:33 am

      I’ve had grilled Caesar at a restaurant before. It’s definitely interesting and a unique dish to serve at a cookout!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — May 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I love grilled romaine! This looks delicious!

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    Shannon — May 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

    what a perfect use for your dressing!!

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    Paula — May 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    These look wonderful. I love Caesar Salad but have never done it on the grill. What a tempting idea. My husband loves his Weber and he’s been grilling on the same one for 15 years now…still working/grilling like a charm. Enjoy yours.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 28, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    This looks wonderful! The husband and I just recently got a grill, yay! I can’t wait to try this out :)

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