Grilled Caesar Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
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Grilled Caesar Salad with leafy sections of romaine seared on the barbecue to create a lightly charred texture then drizzled in homemade dressing.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, caesar salad, grilling


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper plus more for seasoning
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more for brushing
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese finely grated, plus more for garnish
  • 2 hearts romaine
  • 1 cup croutons


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, anchovy paste, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Slowly whisk in olive oil until a thickened dressing is formed. Add the parmesan cheese and whisk to combine.
  3. Cut romaine lettuce heads in quarters lengthwise leaving the cores intact. This will yield eight sections. If the lettuce head is small, keep it in halves.
  4. Brush olive oil on the cut sides of the lettuce. Lightly season with salt.
  5. Preheat grill over medium-high heat (350 to 400ºF). Carefully grease the cooking grates with tongs using a paper towel dipped in oil.
  6. Once the grates are hot, place the Romaine lettuce cut side down on the grill. Press the lettuce down so it creates direct contact with hot grates. Cook until lightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Flip to the other cut side and grill 1 to 2 additional minutes.
  8. Transfer grilled lettuce to serving plates.
  9. Drizzle with Caesar dressing and top with freshly cracked black, parmesan cheese, and croutons.

Recipe Notes

Makes about ¾ cup dressing

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Caesar Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 641mg27%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.