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Grilled romaine lettuce with creamy caper dressing

July 25, 2016 (Last Updated: September 7, 2017)

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
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

Calories: 220kcal
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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.5 stars

  • 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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