You will be surprised at how good grilled romaine lettuce is! This salad was so good, I wasn’t able to get a photograph of the finished product because we ate it so quickly!
The secret here is to get your grill pretty hot over direct heat and quickly sear the lettuce. You are not cooking the lettuce, just searing. A cast iron grate would work perfectly for this.
3 Romaine Hearts – cut in half lengthwise
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For dressing (combine and blend in blender ahead of time):
2 medium garlic cloves
2 Lemons, juiced
2 Tablespoons capers plus 1 tablespoon brine
1 Tablespoon powdered mustard
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds (I also added hemp seeds)
3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1/2 teaspoon fresh-cracked black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
Get your grill, smoker set up for direct grilling at around 425-450 degrees.
Blend all of the dressing ingredients ahead of time.
Drizzle oil over the surface of the lettuce, sprinkle with a bit of salt and place cut side up on grill for 30 seconds, grill marks have formed.
Flip and grill the lettuce cut side down for 1 minute – heated but not cooked and grill marks have formed.
Remove lettuce, chop if you want, drizzle with dressing.