Grilled Romaine Caesar

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad with pickled onion croutons and lemons
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Salad rut? Happens to everyone. Luckily, our Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad is here to right the rut for once and for all.

Hail, Caesar!

Sure, you can grill burgers and brats, but grilled salad? Absolutely! Our grilled romaine salad is everything you love about a classic Caesar salad (crisp croutons, lemony zip, a piling of parmesan, and yes, the grilled romaine maintains its crunch!), but with a subtly smoky, barely charred, slightly spicy twist. 

How to Make Caesar Dressing

What’s in Caesar dressing? Well, many classic Caesar salad dressing recipes call for raw egg, which we don’t mind but know that a lot of people can’t enjoy for a myriad of reasons. So, we set out to create a Caesar dressing recipe with no egg. It’s a pretty darn good Caesar dressing, if we do say so ourselves. Homemade Caesar dressing is quick, easy and so delicious—here’s how it’s done: 

  • Gather your Caesar dressing ingredients: light olive oil, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, fresh lemon juice, and cayenne (our spicy twist!)!
  • Blend—with a whisk or immersion blender or food processor—until the dressing is totally emulsified.
  • Drizzle on all the things! 
Homemade caesar salad dressing in a bowl with a spoon

How to Grill Romaine Lettuce

Grilled lettuce? It’s totally a thing—we swear. And if you haven’t tried it, our grilled romaine salad recipe will be the one that convinces you. Here’s how to grill lettuce: 

  • Garden-grown romaine totally works here, but we like the pre-washed, prepackaged stuff with the outer leaves already removed for our grilled romaine lettuce recipe. The packaged heads of romaine tend to be tighter, which works in your favor when it comes to grilling romaine. 
  • Cut in half lengthwise, keeping the stem intact for ease and to help the head of romaine hold together on the grill.
  • Grill over medium-low heat, and whatever you do, resist the urge to move them! We want your grilled romaine caesar to show off those pretty dark grill marks. 
  • Dress generously with Caesar salad dressing, crisp croutons, and fresh parmesan shavings. This is no time to skimp on the toppings. 

Tools to Make Our Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad 

  • You’re going to need a grill. Gas or charcoal both work great.
  • Your trusty food processor will come in handy to help the olive oil fully emulsify with the rest of the Caesar dressing ingredients.
  • This salad is p-r-e-t-t-y. Show it off on your favorite serving platter

Grill’s Already Preheated. 

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Grilled Romaine Caesar

So, Are You Officially Convinced Grilled Romaine Lettuce Is a Thing?

Go on, grillmaster! Snap a pic of your grilled Caesar salad and show us those char marks. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating! 

Grilled Romaine Caesar

Serves 4


2 romaine hearts, sliced lengthwise in 1/2
2 tbsp olive oil, for brushing
2 oz parmesan cheese, shaved
2 slices dark bread, such as rye, rye-sourdough or pumpernickel
1 red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup white vinegar
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
5 all slice berries
1 bay leaf
3 whole cloves

Spicy Caesar Dressing

3/4 cup light olive oil (or other neutral oil)
1 tbsp anchovy paste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
juice form 1 lemon, to taste


Pickled Red Onions

Place thinly sliced red onion, white vinegar, sugar, red pepper flakes, all spice berries, bay leaf and cloves in a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat. Let onion mixture cool completely in pan. Once cooled place in an airtight container and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Will keep for up to 2 weeks.

Rye Bread Crumbs

Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Place oiled bread on a baking sheet and broil both sides for 1 minute. Break bread into large chunks and transfer to a small food processor. Pulse until large crumbs form. Place soft crumbs in a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat. Toast crumbs until dry and crispy. Remove from heat and set aside.

Spicy Caesar Dressing

Place all ingredients into a small food processor. Blend until emulsified.

Grilled Romaine Salad

Turn grill on to medium-low heat. Brush cut side of romaine heart with olive oil and place face down on grill. Let them stand for 2 minutes without moving them to ensure nice grill marks. Using tongs flip romaine over and grill for 2 minutes longer. Remove from grill onto serving platter or individual plates. Top each slice of romaine with a few pickled onions, a good amount of dressing and bread crumbs.