I’ve been meaning to grill romaine since the early summer, when I spotted it in Bon Appetit mag. Why hadn’t I attempted grilling romaine yet?
Thinking out of the box with food is the key ingredient to staying on a healthy diet. Romaine, typically, is blah. It’s got a lovely crunch, but it’s not as highly touted as spinach or kale, because it’s not as rich in vitamins and other nutrients. Plus, it doesn’t have as much flavor.
But, how much can you really eat spinach and kale? Romaine should be loved too!
Now, by grilling romaine, we infuse the lettuce with healthy fats from olive oil and top it with deliciousness, and we’ve transformed boring ‘ole romaine into a magnificent salad that tastes and looks gourmet.
There are several parts to this dish that make it spectacular. Let’s start with the spiralized onions (I mean, can you blame me?) By spiralizing the onions, they are longer and therefore, more substantial. Typically, when you chop onions, they’re sliced and unexciting. Who likes slicing onions anyway?
Then, there’s the Greek yogurt balsamic dressing. I actually made a huge batch of this and saved some in the refrigerator and used it for a few salads throughout the week. If nothing else, make this dressing and ditch the recipe – it’s going to be one of your go-tos, I promise! It’s tangy, balsamic-y, and high in healthy protein. Typically, creamy balsamics are made using mayonnaise (ick!) This uses Greek yogurt instead. If you like a little more tang, add in another teaspoon of Dijon mustard!
Now, the blue cheese gives a robust flavor, another source of protein and a creaminess to this salad that completes the dish. However, if you’re a blue cheese hater, you can ditch the cheese or substitute in some shaved parmesan cheese or even use feta.
Let’s just say that when you dig your fork and knife into this “salad” (which, by the way – how cool is the presentation?), your bite will have so many textures, flavors and warmth that you won’t even realize you’re eating mundane romaine. Mundane romaine – it rhymes!
Warmed lettuce also has an elegant taste and fixes that “I don’t want to eat another salad” issue. I’ve been there.
Have you ever tried grilled romaine? Or grilled lettuces in general?