Grilled Hearts of Romaine

Grilled Hearts of Romaine
Staff Writer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Yes, this is grilled, and it’s just as much fun to make as it is to eat.

Ingredients

  • 2 hearts of Romaine, basically a scaled-down version of the whole head
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 16 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 ripe medium tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic Croutons

Directions

Preheat the grill to medium.

Slice a thin piece (1/16 inch) off the core end of each romaine, just to clean it up. Then cut lengthwise down the middle of each romaine heart, making 2 equal halves.

Brush both sides of each half lightly with olive oil and place cut side down on the grill. Grill only a couple of minutes, just until the leaves begin to wilt. Flip and repeat.

Remove from the grill and place cut side up on the plate. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar on each half, then drizzle with olive oil.

Add the bacon and tomatoes, and then top with cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the garlic croutons. 

Grilled Hearts of Romaine Shopping Tip

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Grilled Hearts of Romaine Cooking Tip

Brighten up sandwiches or salads with small, tender leaves like spinach and add larger, tougher leaves like kale to soups and stews.