Grilled Caesar Salad

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 13, 2014

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Deep into summer grilling season now, I’m grilling everything that isn’t nailed down.

Summer stone fruit? Check. Garlic bread? Check. Pizza? Check.

Caesar Salad? Check. Wait, what? Grilled lettuce?

Grilled Caesar Salad | ShockinglyDelicious.comYes, and it’s a bit of a revelation. A fast lap on the grill and the romaine lettuce wilts slightly, gets charred around the edges, and develops a wonderful, smoky flavor.

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Recipe: Grilled Caesar Salad

Summary: Quickly charred lettuce has a smoky flavor that perfectly marries to the rich dressing, salty cheese and crunchy croutons. Pair with a light wine such as Gallo Family Sweet White Blend.


  • Romaine hearts (at least 1 for every 2 people, but more likely 1 full heart per person)
  • Caesar Salad Dressing
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Croutons


  1. Heat grill to medium hot. Leave bottom stem-knob on the lettuce, and slice romaine hearts in half lengthwise. Mist each half heart extremely lightly with cooking spray. Using tongs, place each half heart on the grill, cut side down. DO NOT WALK AWAY! LETTUCE IS NOT STEAK!
  2. Lettuce will char and be grilled in 1-3 minutes, depending on how hot your grill is. Watch your first batch and test your timing, and then adjust your next batch accordingly. When the half heart is grilled to your liking, use the tongs to gently place it on a serving platter.
  3. When all lettuce has been grilled, drizzle salad dressing over all (you will use far less dressing than when you dress a traditionally prepared salad), sprinkle each half heart with a pinch or two of Parmesan, and fling a few croutons atop.
  4. If serving as a side salad, allow at least 1 half heart for each person. If making lunch of this, allow at least a whole heart (2 halves) for each person. The last time I made this, I ate 3 half hearts myself (it is so lightly dressed it doesn’t fill you up too fast).
  5. Enjoy with a nice glass of wine, and savor the moment.

Recipe source

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Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 4 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 6
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

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Check out our collection of 20 recipes we have lined up for you today from the Sunday Supper cooks, and our wine pairings for each of them. I recommend you try my delicious Grilled Caesar Salad with some light, fruity Gallo Family Vineyards Sweet White Blend, bursting with juicy peach, tropical fruit and honeydew flavors that marry well with salads and light brunch foods. If you prefer a heartier wine or a red, try their velvety Merlot, with flavors of black cherry, ripe plum and hints of oak; it would be a real counterpoint to the salad. You can find them in your grocery store (or use their store locator here) and get a $1 off digital coupon here.

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