Fully Grilled Caesar Salad

By • May 11, 2010 • 14 Comments

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Author Notes: In the spring and summer, I like to grill every part of the meal if I can. When friends told me they'd had grilled salad, I couldn't wait to try it. This simple ceasar salad comes together in minutes. The lettuce and baguette are grilled for a nice charred flavor, and the super easy dressing uses ingredients you probably already have at home. For a heartier meal, add sliced, grilled chicken. - Loves Food Loves to EatLoves Food Loves to Eat

Food52 Review: For being egg-less and anchovy-less, this ultra-quick recipe does an amazing job of simulating a classic Caesar dressing and doesn't wimp out on flavor -- there's still plenty of punch from the lemon, Worcestershire and garlic. The grilling technique renders the leaves beautifully charred and wilted on one side and crisp on the other. - Kristen

Serves 2 for a meal, 4-6 for a side

  • 1.5 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1-2 cloves pressed garlic
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • generous salt and pepper
  • 1 large romaine heart (or 2 small-medium)
  • 1/2 baguette- halved lengthwise
  1. For dressing, whisk to combine everything except romaine and baguette. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat barbeque to medium/medium high heat.
  3. Cut romaine heart(s) lengthwise in half, and brush cut side with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brush baguette with olive oil.
  4. Place romaine and bread cut side down on grill and cook 1-2 minutes, until charred, but not overly wilted.
  5. Serve still warm. For presentation, serve romaine hearts whole, surrounded by bread and dress to your liking. Or, slice lettuce crosswise and serve in a bowl, with sliced baguette and dressing.

Comments (14) Questions (0)


12 months ago dymnyno

I love the charred flavor of bbq'd romaine!


over 2 years ago Creative Culinary

I was having friends over for dinner the other night and they asked if they could bring something; I said sure. She suggested a salad with romaine and a dressing (I love them but I knew it would be a bottled dressing). I asked if they had ever had grilled romaine and if we could do that.

Long story short...3 minutes changes everything. We didn't do Caesar dressing either, just olive oil, red wine vinegar, some garlic, salt and pepper quickly mixed together and I had two friends who could not stop going on about how much they loved that salad. How they are going to serve it at a family reunion dinner. It is, quite simply, The Bomb!


almost 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

It looks lovely....A must try! A few days ago, I saw a guy braise lettuce and it was apparently delish so I can imagine the smoky flavours this has.


almost 4 years ago Oui, Chef

Yeah....this reminds me of the ones I used to get in Houston. Definitely gonna give this recipe a try. very nice!


almost 4 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Thanks everyone! The smoky romaine and baguette paired with my fresh, easy dressing is SO perfect for spring/summer! So satisfying that the BF didn't even notice there was no meat. Hope you all enjoy! <3


almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

The first time I saw someone grilling romaine I thought they were way off base - no more! Looks good.


almost 4 years ago lapadia

I ♥ grilled salads!


almost 4 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

Love, love, love grilled lettuce. Looking forward to trying this salad. Looks great!


almost 4 years ago dymnyno

This is one of my favorite recipes...Food and Wine or Gourmet had a similar recipe that I once used for a Napa Wine Auction lunch for 40 people...everyone loved it!


almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I love grilled salads! - I was almost going to submit one, but am glad I didn't :). This looks great.


almost 4 years ago student epicure

wow, yum! looking forward to trying this myself!


almost 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

I love a grilled Caesar - beautiful!


almost 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Gorgeous! LOVE grilled salads ...


almost 4 years ago monkeymom

Very cool! Looking forward to grilling season and trying this out.