Grilled Romaine Lettuce

What are romaine hearts? Just the inner leaves of romaine lettuce that stay somewhat tightly together, not the outer leaves.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 romaine hearts
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (or cider vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper

Method

1 Prep the romaine hearts: Pull off any old leaves. Chop off the top 1 or 2 inches of the lettuce head, and shave off the browned part of the root end, leaving the root end intact so that the lettuce head stays together.

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2 Prepare your grill for high, direct heat.

3 Prepare the vinaigrette: Put the oil, vinegar, herbs, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk with a fork to combine. Paint the lettuce hearts all over with the vinaigrette.

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4 Grill: Grill the romaine hearts until lightly browned on all sides, turning every minute or two until done.

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Serve immediately. You can either serve the hearts whole, or chop them and toss them for a salad.