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Having a salad for dinner everyday can be just plain old boring. And instead of adding flavorful full-fat dressings and loading it with sugary or fatty toppings to make it less boring, I have a new and healthier idea for you-- a Grilled Romaine Salad! Yes, I said you should grill your lettuce. And yes lettuce tastes even better warm and charred! This past week I added grilled romaine to meals and tried it out two different ways: on a sauté pan and on the grill. The grill added more of a charred flavor, but they were both great!
This idea is as simple as it sounds. All you have to do is cut the head of Romaine into the serving sizes that you want, drizzle a little bit of olive oil on each, top with salt and pepper, and grill it for only a minute or two until the charred grill lines show up!
You can finish it off with your choice of salad toppings and dressing, but personally I don't think it needs much because the olive oil, seasoning, and grilling already gives it a ton of flavor. The lettuce will no longer have a dull taste, and it is a perfectly tasteful side to any dinner dish. In the picture to the left, we barbecued chicken breasts and had the grilled lettuce and a sweet potato as sides. But, if you want to make a salad for your meal and not just as a side, I have a great recipe for you.
For one serving:
Grilled romaine (amount is up to you)
1/4 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
4 oz. grilled chicken breast
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp feta cheese
2 tbsp candied walnuts (from Trader Joe's)
1 serving: 390 Calories
This salad brings together a ton of different elements that create a filling and flavorful meal without costing you the calories! It has healthy fats from the olive oil and walnuts, and satiating protein from the chicken. Rethink your negative associations with salads, and get that lettuce on the grill to have a delicious side to any meal, or to create a salad concoction of your own!
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