Grilling’s more than just for meat! Bring out the flavors in your romaine lettuce by throwing it on the grill and dressing it up Southwest-style.


With the arrival of the summer grilling season, it’s time to take your cooking outside. Grilling food is not only a lean way to prepare food but it also brings out the flavors of anything you’re grilling. And that goes for lettuce too!

Grilling romaine has become more popular these days.  But mention it to someone who’s never heard of it, and you’ll hear responses ranging from curiosity to bewilderment. When I first heard about grilled lettuce, I couldn’t understand how the wilted lettuce wouldn’t end up tasting like a soggy salad. What I learned is that grilling romaine can actually make the lettuce taste more vibrant.

Unlike most other lettuces, romaine lettuce is tolerant of heat, making it a perfect vegetable to throw on the grill. Not to mention, it’s packed with vitamins A and K: 1 cup provides nearly your entire daily requirement of vitamin A and 60% of your vitamin K needs.

Plus, it’s a super fun way to serve salad over the summer!

If you’re ready for a fresh take on a summer salad, this Grilled Romaine Salad is made Southwest-style. Topped with grilled chipotle corn, tomatoes, avocado and cilantro, this salad make a perfect lunch by itself or appetizer during dinner or a party. Check out the recipe below!

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 1 corn on the cob
  • 1/2 avocado, dices
  • 3/4 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp chipotle ranch of choice
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt/pepper
Visit here for the full recipe and instructions.

Jessica Spiro, RD, CLC is a registered dietitian nutritionist from Encinitas, CA specializing in pre- and post-natal nutrition, as well as cancer, food allergies, diabetes management, and heart health. Check out more fun recipe ideas and nutrition tips with Jessica!

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