I know, you’re thinking….”grilled lettuce?” Seriously, try it.
Go grab some of your favorite veggies. I used a red and yellow bell pepper tonight, and a zucchini. Portobella mushrooms grill really well, but I’m not a mushroom kind of girl. Asparagus and yellow squash are some other good choices to try.
Cut all your veggies up for grilling, don’t cut them too small. For the peppers I like to either halve them or cut them in thirds, the squash and zucchini I like to cut into diameters of 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch. Toss them all in a bowl to hang out and get to know each other. Then coat them really well with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a good shot of salt and pepper. You can expereiment with other spices and herbs here too. Garlic powder, believe it or not, is a good choice.
Place the veggies on your grill. Tonight I used my indoor George Foreman, but you can certainly use a grill pan or your outdoor grill. Just keep and eye on the grilling process, the times may have to be adjusted. For me tonight, I probably grilled the veggies for about 10 minutes on each side.
While the veggies are basking in all their glory on your grill, go ahead and cut the head of romaine in half. Drizzle both sides with olive oil and salt and pepper.
When the veggies are grilled to perfection remove them and place on a platter. Put the romaine on the grill. Here’s the tricky part…no really it’s the easiest part. Slap that baby on the grilll and leave it on for the grill marks. Flip it to the other side and you are done! Honestly that’s it! If you leave the lettuce on too long it will begin to wilt and get mushy. Mushy lettuce is not good. The lettuce won’t have the crunch but it shouldn’t be mushy. Understand?
You can top the lettuce and veggies with your favorite dressing but I prefer olive oil and balsamic since that is what the veggies were drenched in, it just all marries well together. You do whatever is yummy for you. And, make extra veggies for later, they reheat super well and are delish in pasta, rice, and with couscous.
Cheers my friends!!