Fully Grilled Caesar Salad

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Author Notes: In the spring and summer, I like to grill every part of a meal if I can. When friends told me they had tried grilled salad, I couldn't wait to make it. This simple Caesar 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 Eat

Food52 Review: WHO: Loves Food Loves to Eat works in tech marketing by day, but at night, she cooks, photographs, and spends time with her cat, Biscuit.
WHAT: Cold Caesar salad is so yesterday. Make your old faithful a little hotter with some time on the grill.
HOW: Whisk together a quick Caesar dressing. Grill romaine hearts and bread until charred and smoky. Serve warm, flooded with dressing.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's barbecue season and your grill is already hot, so why not throw your salad on there, too? This comes together in a snap, and even without any anchovies or eggs in sight, the dressing gets plenty of punch from the lemon, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic.
The Editors

Serves 2 for a meal, 4 to 6 for a side

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 to 2 cloves pressed garlic
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  • Generous amounts of salt and pepper
  • 1 large (or 2 small to medium) romaine heart
  • 1/2 baguette, halved lengthwise
  1. For dressing, whisk together everything except romaine and baguette. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat barbecue to medium to medium-high heat.
  3. Cut romaine heart(s) in half lengthwise. Brush the cut sides with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brush baguette with olive oil.
  4. Place romaine and bread cut side-down on grill and cook 1 to 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.

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2 months ago Emily

This is probably going to anger some traditionalists, but I had a big bag of oranges (my husband thought he was going to start "juicing" HA) and I used orange juice in place of lemon and made the rest of the recipe as written... best Caesar dressing ever! Thanks so much for the recipe!


about 1 year ago Della Terra

I never want to eat non-grilled romaine again. Can't believe I haven't tried this until now!


about 1 year ago Dina Moore-Tzouris

i LOVE grilled romaine/caesar--great, simple recipe.


about 1 year ago Ali

After 32 yrs in Sydney heat, it was FAB getting home to NZ (amazed my Aussie hubby finally gave up work as a cameraman), and to our wee rustic bach with massive seaviews (twinkling Auckland lights in the distance at night). Been here a year now, and run the first Mr Whippy ice cream on the island!! He's LOVING it. NO traffic lights??? Say Hi to him if ever here 'dymnyno' :)


about 1 year ago Ali

OMG!! I'M HOOKED ON YOUR BLOG ALREADY!! Going to have a great time reading through it bit by bit - backwards. Love the recipes seen so far...the pics...your sense of humour. HILARIOUS!! I spelt 'humour' correctly in THIS country btw. I'm on the stunning (and arty) Waiheke Island, NZ. I'd better stop communicating on this site, but advise evvvvveryone to check out your blog. COOL AS!


about 1 year ago dymnyno

I love love Waiheke Island!


about 1 year ago Ali

Hiya Loves Food Loves To Eat... Thank you for drawing my attention to how you usually use this recipe - and I'm sure it is YUM! Must try it. Also, I just opened up 'more' of your comments, and also in the REVIEW I've seen that it is mentioned it isn't the typical, full-on recipe etc (I'm not used to how this site works yet) - so my apologies :) If you took the plated shot, love that too!! Onya - and Hi to Biscuit. Cute. I write wee verses (abstract or rhyming) for plated food, and put my twist on it. Just one area of my writing. Fun. Take care!


about 1 year ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

No prob, thanks for the comment! I took the original terrible shot (oy!) back in 2010. .. I've come a long way with my photography since then (you can take a look at my blog, www.lovesfoodlovestoeat... to see more!), but the lovely photo above was by someone else at Food52!


about 1 year ago Ali

Where are all the other ingredients that are usually at least suggested with a Caesar Salad? Anchovies, crispy bacon, chicken, egg, mustard...? I'm sure this is lovely, but not enough OMMMPH! Do love the charred part.


about 1 year ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Hey Ali! I typically make this more as a side--when the grill is already on, why not throw your side salad on there too? That being said, you could certainly build on the grilled Caesar idea and add all your favorite Caesar additions like chicken and bacon for a full entree salad! Oh, and the simple anchovy-less dressing? That was purposeful too: it's a punchy flavorful dressing using everyday in-your-fridge ingredients, perfect for when you want to throw a quick side salad on the grill without a lot of planning. :)


over 2 years ago dymnyno

I love the charred flavor of bbq'd romaine!


about 4 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!


over 5 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.


over 5 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!


over 5 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


over 5 years ago Lizthechef

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


over 5 years ago lapadia

I ? grilled salads!


over 5 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

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


over 5 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!


over 5 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.


over 5 years ago student epicure

wow, yum! looking forward to trying this myself!


over 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

I love a grilled Caesar - beautiful!


over 5 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Gorgeous! LOVE grilled salads ...