Grilled Caesar Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette 

If you haven’t tried grilling your lettuce, you’re missing out!!!  It warms the romaine, but still maintains the crunch. Drizzle it with this simple Caesar vinaigrette and some Parmesan cheese and you’ll have a light healthy salad for your summer barbecue!

To make the vinaigrette, either whisk or blend together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste.  I choose to blend mine to make it a little creamier.  It’s just personal preference.

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.  Slice your romaine hearts in half length wise.  Do not trim the base (it keeps the leaves attached).  Spray both side lightly with an oil spray.  Place romaine on the grill.

Turning once or twice, grill for around 6 minutes until the grill marks form and the tips of the leaves start to char and wilt.

Drizzle with the vinaigrette, sprinkle some additional Parmesan, and serve!


2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese; plus additional for garnish if desired
salt to taste
Olive oil spray or Coconut oil spray
2 hearts of Romaine lettuce


In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, and pepper. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and season with salt to taste. You can alternately blend the mixture, parmesan cheese included, in a small food processor.

Preheat the grill over medium-high heat. Oil the grill’s surface. Remove any wilted outer leaves from the romaine hearts, then cut the hearts in half length-wise leaving the end intact so each half holds together. Spray them lightly all over with the oil spray.

Grill until grill marks or charring forms and the lettuce wilts slightly, about 6 minutes, turning once or twice. Serve drizzled with the vinaigrette.

Recipe adapted from: Dessert Now, Dinner Later

Related Recipes:

Lemon Grilled Asparagus

Simple Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Grilled Chipotle Cauliflower

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  • http://marathonandsprint.wordpress.com/ Run Colby Run

    You have totally inspired me! And perfect timing. I’m staring at two fresh heads of romaine from our local CSA. I’m giving it a whirl! :-)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you like it!!!

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  • http://thefreckledrunner.wordpress.com The Freckled Runner

    Yet another grilled lettuce I must try!!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      We love grilled lettuce!

  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    This is perfect for our lake trip next week, Jen! Jonathan will eat anything that involves the word Caesar, so this will be a win for us – ha! 😉 Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Oh good!! I hope you guys like it! With all of the packing, I’ll bet you’re so excited for a lake trip!

      • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

        It’ll be a nice break, as long as I can force myself to forget about all the things I need to get done at home – ha! A nice view, a cold drink and a good book should keep me in line, though, I think. 😉 Thank you!

  • http://idonteatthat.wordpress.com Jamie

    Wow. This is amazing. Never in my life did I think to grill lettuce. That needs to happen ASAP!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you love it!!!

  • http://mostlyhealthyliving.wordpress.com/ mostlyhealthyliving

    I am soooo making this! Especially excited about your homemade vinaigrette recipe. Been missing Caesar Salad in my life big-time since becoming vegetarian. So hard to find a good Caesar Salad dressing without anchovies in it!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      You can easily double the recipe so you’ll have leftover dressing. I hope you enjoy it!!

  • http://pacewithgraceblog.com/ Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    This is a must try! I have heard of grilling lettuce before but have not tried myself. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you like it!!!

  • http://www.dixieruns.com Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    I love grilled romaine!! I like to do mine with blue cheese or feta crumbles and bacon bits!

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  • http://ultrafootpath.blogspot.com Melissa

    This looks really great and such a fun twist on a classic! Thanks so much :)

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  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com cupcakesandmiles

    Grilled lettuce?! I think I just died and went to heaven! Love the idea!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you like it!!!

  • http://raeofsparkles.com Shauna841505

    Yum! My mom does this all the time and she’s been telling me to do it, but I love the pictures!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you like it!!!