Grilled Caesar Salad

Grilled Caesar Salad

This Grilled Caesar Salad will change the way you eat this classic salad.  We first tried caesar salad this way at one of our favorite local restaurants in Boise called Barbacoa (this place is to die for if you are ever visiting).  Now we have to get this salad every time we go, it is so yummy!  The grilling really brings out an amazing flavor in the lettuce.  There is something so good about the cooked lettuce with the cool dressing and savory toppings.  Of course we had to attempt our own version, though I admit we simplified our version a bit.  At Barbacoa they make their own polenta croutons and toasted pumpkin seeds, which we subbed out for regular croutons and sunflower seeds.
Be sure that you just use the romaine hearts, you don’t want to grill up a giant head of romaine.  The romaine hearts are the perfect size for individual servings.

Grilled Caesar Salad

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  • romaine hearts
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Caesar dressing
  • roasted red peppers, diced
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • parmesan cheese, fresh shredded
  • sunflower seeds
  • croutons


  • Slice the romaine hearts so you have two large halves. Rinse and gently pat dry with a paper towel. Lightly brush the lettuce with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Then grill romaine over medium heat on both sides til edges are browned.
  • Immediately remove romaine halves to serving plates and top with Caesar dressing and all the remaining toppings.


  1. Malia @ Small Town Girl says:

    Wow! This sounds outstanding. Pinned 🙂

  2. Tina says:

    I live in Boise! Love this place!

    • Echo says:

      We love it too! They have so many unique dishes on their menu. It’s one of our favorites!

  3. Angela says:

    I cannot rate this recipe, since I have not yet made it….but it looks and sounds amazing! My family and I love salads as side dishes, so I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting ones. I’ll definitely serve this salad (as a side-dish) after my next trip to the supermarket. I love all of the ingredients in this recipe, so I’m sure that this salad will be a huge hit with my family. I don’t, however, think that I’ll use Sunflower Seeds. I’ll use Pine Nuts, instead.

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