Grilled Romaine Salad

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Hi guys! I hope your hump day is going well! I’m so thankful for this week being a short one; I could definitely get used to longer weekends and shorter work weeks! A girl can dream.

We had a great Labor Day weekend. It rained pretty much all weekend because of #Hermine, so we stayed in and relaxed and caught up on cleaning (& college football holla). It felt so good to finally not have to be somewhere on our days off! I think it is so important to take time every few days to recharge both individually and as a couple. Life is busy.

Anyways, on Sunday we wanted a quick and easy lunch after church, so we drew inspiration from one of our favorite restaurants back in Colorado. When we ate there, I always got the grilled romaine salad, and it was always amazing. We decided to recreate it ourselves, now that we have a grill!

I made my own balsamic vinaigrette for it, but you can use store bought if you prefer.

It turns out it’s SUPER simple, and it only took us about 20 minutes total. And it’s SO GOOD.

Here’s the recipe:

Grilled Romaine Salad
Prep time: 20 minutes Serves: 2

Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt + pepper
1/2 tsp garlic (or 1 tsp depending on your preference)
Whisk together in a bowl; set aside.

Salad:

1 bag of romaine hearts (we got the bag of three hearts so it yielded six halves)
Bleu cheese
Olive oil
Bacon crumbles

Instructions:

Heat the grill to medium heat. While it heats, slice the romaine hearts in half, lengthwise. Baste them lightly in olive oil. Once grill is ready, carefully place romaine (inside down) on the grill. Leave on the grill for about 4-5 minutes. After removing from grill, place on plate (inside up) and drizzle on the balsamic dressing. Then, top with bleu cheese and bacon crumbles. Enjoy! *you can add croutons if you are a crouton person or just want more toppings! I left them off to save on calories*

SO so simple, yet so delicious. It doesn’t sound like much, but the smokey flavor from the grill gives it so much extra flavor. The bleu cheese really makes the whole dish, in my opinion. I love bleu cheese. However, if you are not a bleu cheese lover, feta would also be great!

Hope you guys enjoy this; let me know if you try it! Thanks for reading! Have a happy Wednesday.

XO beth

 

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