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Grilled romaine lettuce with creamy caper dressing

Grilled romaine lettuce with a creamy caper dressing. A simply stunning, light dish packed full of delicious flavours. Charred lettuce, smoky, salty pancetta (bacon) and a tangy creamy dressing. Perfect for lunch or dinner.

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I absolutely LOVE grilled romaine lettuce. It’s something you’d never really assume would work but it does and it’s exceptionally good! It gives the romaine lettuce a totally different flavour making it charred, smokey and utterly delicious.

I know it sounds kinda strange to grill lettuce of any form and I have to admit when I first heard of grilled romaine lettuce I did think, what? But after trying it I couldn’t stop eating it, lunch and dinner you can dress it how you like in individual portions or cut up into a big salad bowl.

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You’d be surprised how filling it can be too, half a romaine lettuce is perfect for one serving as a main course. Just lather it in a beautiful creamy dressing and you’re good to go. I decided to make a creamy caper dressing which I really love. I use this dressing over chicken when I make a caesar salad, it’s so delicious and tangy and goes great with shaved Parmesan on top.

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The smoky, salty pancetta scattered on top of this salad recipe gives it a lovely texture and flavour, I mean anything with crispy bacon pieces on top is gonna be good, right? Is it time to eat yet? I’m hungry.

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Grilled romaine lettuce with creamy caper dressing

Grilled romaine lettuce with a creamy caper dressing. A simply stunning, light dish packed full of delicious flavours. Charred lettuce, smoky, salty pancetta (bacon) and a tangy creamy dressing. Perfect for lunch or dinner.
Course lunch
Cuisine Italian
Keyword grilled lettuce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 220kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Romaine lettuces
  • 5.2 oz (150g) smoked cubed pancetta
  • Parmesan to shave on top
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

for the dressing

  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 3 salted anchovies
  • 4 baby gherkins
  • 2 heaped tbsp good quality mayonnaise
  • 2 heaped tbsp sour cream
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • squeeze lemon
  • pepper to season

Instructions

  • Finely chop the capers, anchovies and gherkins and place in a bowl. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice and sour cream and mix until all combined together. Sprinkle with pepper and set aside.
  • In a small sauce pan fry the pancetta until crispy, set aside. Put a large griddle pan on a medium/high heat. Cut the romaine lettuces in half and brush the cut side with olive oil. Place cut side down on the griddle pan and grill for 1-2 minutes until charred. You'll probably need to do two at a time.
  • Place on plates, drizzle with the dressing and scatter over the pancetta. Finish with shaved Parmesan and a sprinkle of pepper. Enjoy.

Notes

Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Grilled romaine lettuce with creamy caper dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Nathan
    August 28, 2017 at 10:33 am

    This is one of my favourites the grilled romaine is so nice and the dressing…love it.

  • Reply
    Ali @ Home & Plate
    July 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I love lettuces grilled this way and this homemade dressing sounds wonderful. It’s the best side dish to a make in the summer. Can’t wait to try this one!

  • Reply
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    July 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    That dressing is everything! I am going to have to try this next time we have a BBQ.

  • Reply
    Michele @ Flavor Mosaic
    July 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Grilled romaine is so delicious. Your recipe looks fabulous.

  • Reply
    Jagruti
    July 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Grilled romaine , I never had this..I must try with vegetarian options 🙂

  • Reply
    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    July 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I love grilled romaine! It takes on a nice, smoky flavor. And you’re right, it is really filling. I’m craving this now…

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