Who doesn’t love to grill…especially on a warm sunny day, am I right? At my house I typically do the cooking but my husband is always in charge of the grilling. It isn’t that I don’t know how to grill, it is just that he likes it and it is an easy task for me to delegate to him. In the city, we have a grill as part of our Wolf Range which isn’t quite as romantic as grilling outside (but better than not grilling at all). When we go on vacation, we always rent a house with a grill. On those instances I am pretty sure my husband loves being outside by the grill, sipping glass of wine and enjoying the weather.
With Memorial Day Weekend starting, summer has un-officially begun and that marks the start of grilling season for most. When I grill a protein I typically don’t follow recipe. The meat or fish is seasoned with one or more spice blends from La Boîte and some kosher salt. For side dishes I tend to be more of a recipe follower. Here is one of my favorite grilled side dishes. I first started making this when I lived in London and we had a charcoal grill on our roof top. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Grilled Romaine Salad
Makes 4 servings
2 heads Romaine Lettuce
1 red onion
2 ripe avocados
1 pint grape tomatoes
Salt and Pepper to taste
-Pre-heat grill to medium high heat. While the grill is heating prepare the vegetables. Slice the heads of Romaine in half from the stem to the tip. Peel and slice the onion into ¼ inch slices. Season lettuce and onion with olive oil, salt and pepper.
-Place onion slices on the grill away from the direct heat. Allow to grill for about 20 minutes or until no crunch remains.
-Place lettuce on grill and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
-Slice grilled lettuce into 1-inch ribbons and put into salad bowl. Chop grilled onion and add to the bowl.
-Slice the grape tomatoes in halve and add to the bowl. Dice the avocado and add it to the bowl as well.
-Drizzle with a little more olive oil and salt and pepper if desired. Toss to coat and enjoy.