Grilled lettuce - sounds weird, I know! If you've never tried grilling lettuce before, I am about to revolutionize your salad making world!
There's a great local restaurant that serves a "Grilled Caesar Salad" here in town. Since I love it so much, and it looked super easy, I decided to recreate it at home. For this blog, I made a "Grilled Taco Salad".
You could probably grill any full head of lettuce, but the romaine hearts work really well. They sell them in bags of 3 at the grocery store.
Cut the lettuce in half. Spray with cooking spray or olive oil. You can also drizzle it with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, or any kind of salad dressing. I find though, that just some olive oil and lemon or balsamic is enough flavor and I don't even need dressing!
Sprinkle on any spices you might like. For the Caesar, I typically do pepper and garlic salt. For the taco salad, I have pepper, garlic salt, cumin, and chili powder.
Grill the lettuce for just a few minutes on each side.
Towards the end of the cooking, I like to sprinkle it with a little cheese. I use Parmesan and/or mozzarella for the Caesar, and I used a Mexican blend for the taco salad.
When it's warmed and slightly wilted, take it off the grill.
Roughly chop or tear with your hands and you can use this lettuce like you normally would in any salad.
(topped with corn, black beans, turkey taco meat, tortilla chips, and guacamole!)
The restaurant I like serves the two halves just drizzled with some dressing and topped with croutons! It's delicious!