This Grilled Caesar Salad will change the way you eat this classic salad. Grilled romaine lettuce with cool Caesar dressing and savory toppings.
We first tried Grilled Caesar Salad 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
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.