This is going to be your new summer side! I've heard many people say they didn't like grilled lettuce because it get's soggy and wilted. Well I'm here to help you ensure that it doesn't happen to you. Many people who have tried to grill lettuce tend to over cook it, which will make it wilted and kind of soggy. Follow these quick and easy steps and be elevated in summer side dish glory!
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 2 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Any
MAKES: 2 wedge salads
1 Romaine lettuce heart
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
Optional Bleu cheese dressing:
2 tsp bleu cheese
2 tsp mayonaise
1/4 c milk
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
Begin by starting your grill with the lid open, making sure the grill is on the "Smoke" setting. Allow it to heat up for 3-5 minutes. We can take this time to prepare the lettuce and dressing.
Cut your romaine in half, then either brush or drizzle olive oil over both faces of the romaine. Once the oil is on, season the lettuce with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Now we can kick the grill up to "High" and get it good and hot. Once your grill is ready we can throw the romaine on, face down.
Now this is the important part, you want to stay close to your lettuce. As soon as you walk away, you'll come back and it will be a wilted mess. Depending on your grill and the weather conditions, your grill could be anywhere from 400-500 degrees so the cooking time will vary here. I was around 450 degrees so it literally only took around 2 minutes to grill. You won't have really dark marks on the lettuce, but you will have some nice color because of the oil and cheese.
Now we can take our lettuce in and get it inside and prepare our dressing. You can prepare your dressing by mixing your bleu cheese, mayonaise and milk in a bowl. Mix it will, although you will want a few bleu cheese chunks as well. Season to taste with a little salt, pepper and garlic powder. Keep in mind the garlic powder will get a little more intense in flavor as it has a chance to rehydrate.
As you start to dress your salad, if you're like me you want more bleu cheese, so feel free to throw a few more crumbles all over the top.
If maybe you're feeling like there's just a little something missing from this salad, I wouldn't hold it against you if you threw a little bit of cooked bacon on top to garnish. Why bacon? Because, bacon.
If your mouth isn't watering already you might want to check your pulse. I promise this salad tastes as good as it looks. If you haven't already, go ahead and dig in. That beautiful grill flavor, the saltiness of the bleu with the smokiness of the bacon. Talk about flavor perfection.