If you’ve never grilled lettuce before, you are about to have your world flipped upside down! This grilled romaine lettuce with parmesan cheese is a favorite side dish recipe for grilling season around here. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled over the top just takes these grilled hearts of romaine to a whole new level.
While you may have never considered grilling romaine lettuce before, I need you to trust me on this one. A short few minutes on a hot grill transforms a relatively bland green into something with depth of flavor that you will want to make over and over again.
What Does Grilled Romaine Taste Like?
When romaine hearts are grilled, their natural sugars caramelize on the outside so it becomes much sweeter. Plus, you get that delicious of smokiness from the open flame of your grill. The outside of the lettuce softens a bit but the inside is still firm.
How to Grill Romaine Hearts
The key to grilling romaine hearts is to be sure your grill is hot to start so they can caramelize quickly instead of a slow cook where they would get mushy. Keep the lid open to keep the sear and char intense on the outside without overcooking the inside of the lettuce.
What is the Difference Between Romaine Lettuce and Romaine Hearts?
Simply, romaine hearts are the center of a head of romaine lettuce. The hearts are lighter in color, sweeter, and more tender than the outer leaves of a head of romaine lettuce. They are also sturdier which makes them perfect for grilling.
Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Parmesan Cheese Video
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A super easy grilled side dish recipe that will make you a lover of grilled lettuce forever!
2 hearts of romaine
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Heat grill to medium high heat.
- Slice romaine in half lengthwise, keeping the stem intact. Brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle on the salt and pepper.
- Grill cut side down for 3-4 minutes until charred well. Flip and grill another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Drizzle cut sides with vinegar and parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
- Serving Size: 1 half head
- Calories: 109
- Sugar: 3 g
- Sodium: 538 mg
- Fat: 9 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 5 mg
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