Have you ever grilled lettuce? Well you should definitely give it a shot. If you want a change from the usual salad experience, I urge you to grill your lettuce. My husband refused to try it because it reminded him eating a warm grinder (yes, that’s a MA thing, I think) that has lettuce on it. It wilts and transitions to this weird state where it’s disgusting. But do not fret! If you are fearful of this same texture, you do not need to be. To grill the lettuce, I just cut a couple heads of romaine in half and washed them out. Thoroughly dry them and spits with some olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt and pop those babies on the grill for a couple of minutes a side. You cant to see the char, then you’ll know it’s time to flip. To me, it’s like roasting kale. Kale on it’s own can be very overpowering. Roast it and my GOD I could eat all the kale. I felt like this was a very similar experience. Adding on grilled ciabatta bread croutons was also amazing. Because grilled bread is always amazing. Truly, if I could grill bread every morning, I would. It’s that delicious. I also made a fish-less vinaigrette which was uh-mazing. I will also suggest dipping your grilled toast into the dressing. You will be so happy that you did.
For the dressing
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1 spoonful Dijon mustard
- 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
For the grilled lettuce
For the croutons
- To make the dressing, combine the ingredients in a mason jar and shake to combine. It's best to make this ahead a bit so the flavors can blend together.
- To make the croutons, drizzle the bread halves with olive oil and salt. Place on the grill for a few minutes each side. You;ll want to make sure you see the charred lines and it's toasty, but do not let it burn completely.
- For the lettuce, leave the bottoms intact and cut the heads in half. Wash and dry. Spray.drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place on your grill for about 2-3 minutes per side. Once you remove it from the grill you can cut the ends and separate the leaves.
- To assemble the salad, spread the grilled lettuce leaves on a platter. Cut the toasty croutons and shave some extra Parmesan on the top. Drizzle the whole thing with your dressing and serve immediately.