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Grilled Caesar Salad

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Most of us need to get more leafy greens into our diets, am I right? Eating a traditional dinner salad with your meal can get monotonous, so let’s throw a curve ball into your next meal!! A Grilled Caesar Salad is easy to prepare, including the dressing, and it is sure to impress your dinner guest(s)! It is slightly smokey, still retains it’s crispiness and it’s way more interesting than iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing.

Grilled romaine lettuce topped with Caesar dressing, shaved Parmesan and croutons on a large platter

Not that I have anything against Ranch Dressing, it is my dressing of choice, but serving a Grilled Caesar Salad just seems a bit more….special.

An overhead shot of a large platter with two grilled romaine halves topped with Caesar dressing, shaved Parmesan and croutons

I made this part of my Dinner for Two collection, but you can easily double or triple the recipe if needed!

How to make Grilled Caesar Salad:

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

Wash your romaine lettuce, dry it thoroughly and cut in half.

Slice romaine lettuce in half on a cutting board with a sharp knife

Place lettuce on a baking sheet and spray or brush with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.

Washed romaine lettuce halves on a baking sheet topped with oil, salt and pepper

Place each lettuce half face down on the hot grill.

Romaine lettuce placed cut side down on a hot grill

Grill for two to three minutes, just until they begin to wilt a bit and develop char marks. Flip them over and grill for an additional two to three minutes.

Flip grilled romaine over to the second side

Remove from grill and place on a platter. Drizzle with Caesar Salad Dressing, sprinkle with shaved Parmesan and croutons (if desired)

A close up shot of Grilled Caesar Salad with dressing and croutons

Serve immediately.

Notes:

  • To make this salad Whole30/Paleo – omit the croutons and cheese. Substitute chopped bacon, maybe some kind of toasted nuts.
  • For Keto – omit the croutons.
  • For a more traditional salad – cut the grilled romaine into 2-inch wide strips, place in a large bowl and toss with the dressing, Parmesan and croutons.

Why did you not include the full dressing recipe?

  1. Not everyone will make homemade Caesar Salad Dressing.
  2. The recipes makes 6 servings, which totally messes up the nutrition calculations.
  3. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare using a stick blender and can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

Can I make a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad?

Yes, of course! Grill 1/2 a pound of chicken breasts for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or use leftover chicken. Chop into bite-sized pieces and serve on top of your salad.

More delicious grilled recipes:

Grilled Peach and Arugula Pizza

Pineapple Sundaes with Coconut Rum Caramel Sauce

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Papaya Mango Salsa

Sirloin Chimichurri Steak

Huli Huli Chicken

Enjoy!!

Grilled romaine lettuce topped with Caesar dressing, shaved Parmesan and croutons on a large platter

Grilled Caesar Salad

This Grilled Caesar Salad is slightly smokey, still deliciously crispy and topped with an easy yet amazing dressing and shaved Parmesan!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: recipe, chicken, romaine, croutons, healthy, grill
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 385kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Barbecue Grill

Ingredients

  • 1 head romaine lettuce washed and dried
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 Tablespoons Caesar dressing
  • ¼ cup shaved Parmesan
  • croutons optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Wash your romaine lettuce, dry it thoroughly and cut in half.
  • Place lettuce on a baking sheet and spray or brush both sides with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
  • Place each lettuce half face down on the hot grill.
  • Grill for two to three minutes, just until they begin to wilt a bit and develop char marks. Flip them over and grill for an additional two to three minutes.
  • Remove from grill and place on a platter. Drizzle with Caesar Salad Dressing, sprinkle with shaved Parmesan and croutons (if desired)
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • To make this salad Whole30/Paleo – omit the croutons and cheese. Substitute chopped bacon, maybe some kind of toasted nuts.
  • For Keto – omit the croutons.
  • For a more traditional salad – cut the grilled romaine into 2-inch wide strips, place in a large bowl and toss with the dressing, Parmesan and croutons.
  • 12 carbs - 7 fiber = 5 net carbs.

Nutrition

Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 581mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 27360IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 3.5mg

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