Grilled Romaine

by Erin

Everyone loves a good chopped salad, but with summer on the rise it’s time to test the limits of your grill and prepare not only your meat but also salad with this grilled romaine.

Grilled Romaine 2

I hope you have given your grill a workout this weekend! I haven’t had the chance until today and you better believe I’m gonna do my best to make up for lost time. But first we have a lot of work to do in the garden, assuming the garden are open today for the purchasing of plants to be put in said garden. But I digress.

In honor of this grilling holiday, the Secret Recipe Club got together to host a picnic/BBQ themed reveal day today!  And in case you are scrambling last minute like I am, today’s recipe is nice and easy.

Grilled Romaine 1

For today, I was assigned to Julie’s blog, Little Bit of Everything. Originally I thought I would pick a good grilled meat recipe, such as her pineapple glazed baby back ribs, but then I was drawn into the world of grilled side dishes and had to finally try my hand at grilled romaine.

With a crispy crust of Parmesan cheese, it’s not hard to believe it was a knock out. And who would’ve ever thought of freezing red wine vinegar to be used not only as garnish but also as dressing since it inevitably melts? I cannot wait for the lettuce in my garden to get growing so I can do this all summer long.

Grilled Romaine 3

One year ago: Fruity Sangria

Two years ago: Coconut Pecan Cookies

Three years ago: Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas


Serves 4


1/2 cup red wine vinegar

2 hearts of romaine, rinsed and patted dry

1 Tbsp olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan


  1. Place vinegar in shallow pan and place in the freezer. Allow the vinegar to freeze, approximately 2 hours. Once frozen, scrape with a fork to create a shaved ice texture. Return the vinegar to the freezer until ready to use.
  2. Cut each heart of romaine in half lengthwise so that the root keeps each piece together. Lightly brush the cut side of the romaine pieces with olive oil. Season with the pepper.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat, lightly coat a sheet of grill-foil with nonstick spray, and place over grates. Sprinkle cheese over the foil in 4 spots about the same shape/size as each romaine half. Place the romaine on top of each pile of cheese, pressing to adhere, and cook until the cheese turns golden, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  4. Place the romaine, cheese side up onto plates and sprinkle with the vinegar ice. Serve immediately.

Source: Adapted slightly from Little Bit of Everything. Recipe originally by Alton Brown.


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Erin|Thanks for Cookin June 1, 2016 - 4:02 pm

It looks so good with that crispy parmesan! Yum!

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cok June 1, 2016 - 1:29 pm

That frozen vinegar is quite an interesting idea! I haven’t been brave enough to try grilled lettuce, something about warm lettuce just seems wrong! Glad to hear some raving reviews, though.

spiffycookie June 1, 2016 - 2:35 pm

I know that’s the same reason I hesitated to do it as well. But it’s only on there long enough to crisp up the cheese.

Tara May 31, 2016 - 6:45 pm

Love grilled salads! Such an easy and delicious side. Definitely perfect for summer.

Rebekah @ Making Miracles May 31, 2016 - 10:53 am

This is brilliant and so unique – must try soon!

Michaela May 31, 2016 - 10:16 am

I have never had grilled romaine? The photos and the ingredients make me want to try it pronto! YUM!

Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair May 31, 2016 - 10:07 am

Oh wow, this looks really good. I loved the shaved vinegar as a dressing. So unique and definitely would impress any dinner guests.

Stephanie May 30, 2016 - 4:45 pm

I like the idea of just a little vinegar ice to dress your warm salad. I’m not a huge fan of lots of salad dressing, so that would be perfect. Great SRC post!

Sarah@WellDined May 30, 2016 - 2:34 pm

yusssss – grilled romaine is so good!

Julie May 30, 2016 - 1:54 pm

Glad you liked this salad. We have it all the time but I haven’t made the Red Wine Vinegar dressing a some time. I should do that for tonight.

Sarah E. May 30, 2016 - 11:50 am

I have never had grilled romaine, but the pics alone are enough to convince me that I need it in my life asap.

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm May 30, 2016 - 11:35 am

What a unique salad. I can’t wait to try it.

Emily @ Life on Food May 30, 2016 - 6:35 am

I had this at a restaurant once and it was so much better than I ever could have imagined. I am going to pin this for later to recreate at home.

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures May 30, 2016 - 12:50 am

I’ve had grilled romaine before at a restaurant. I’ll have to try it. Erin, I was assigned to your blog. I make your beef negamaki. Delish!!


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