Cobb Salad with Grilled Romaine

July 29, 2015

Grilled Romaine Salad

During June, July and August in Montana there are no excuses: Dinner should be prepared on the grill. Cooking and dining during the warmer months is best enjoyed outdoors because summer always seems in an awfully big hurry to get somewhere.

Meals should be quick and easy because who wants to labor over a stove all day? Salads, with the abundance of local, ripe berries and leafy greens, are also synonymous with summer. So here’s a recipe for a delicious salad prepared on the grill.

This tasty Cobb salad uses romaine lettuce and comes together in minutes. The romaine and bacon are grilled to create a lightly charred flavor that melds perfectly with creamy ranch dressing. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, this salad is incredibly filling. However, if you’re craving more protein throw a steak on the grill too!

Plates pictured above can be purchased on the Mercantile here.


Cobb Salad with Grilled Romaine // Serves 2


Two heads of romaine lettuce
1/2 an avocado
1/2 cup raspberries or one apple
1/3 cup toasted walnuts
1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Six slices of bacon
Jalapeno ranch dressing


Lightly grease the grill and heat to medium or medium-high. Place the romaine heads and bacon on the grill. Grill the romaine for 2 minutes, 30 seconds on each side or until slightly charred but not overly wilted, and grill the bacon until crispy. Place the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate to help absorb any excess grease while plating the salad.

For presentation, place one head of romaine on each plate, cut into four chunks leaving the stem intact, and arrange in a half circle following the plate rim. Dress with ranch and garnish with whole or fanned avocado, fruit, walnuts, Gorgonzola and crumbled bacon. Serve warm.

If you don’t have raspberries or an apple, use other seasonal fruits; it will taste just as good! Also, if you don’t want to make homemade dressing, I like Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch found in the grocery store’s refrigerated section. It’s gluten free, and has no MSG, preservatives, or high-fructose corn syrup.

Cobb Salad with Grilled Romaine

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  • Grilled romaine is my FAVORITE!!! I thought it was so strange to grill “lettuce” yet soon found it to be fabulous and so easy to fix. Thanks for this dynamite variation on the Cobb, can’t wait to fix it.
    ❤️ Maureen

    • I know, I just love the warm and smokey taste you get once its grilled. So delicious!

  • I love a good Cobb and have never grilled lettuce!
    Might have to grill it up this weekend, cause it’s too damn hot to cook inside these days.
    thanks for the idea!

    • I know, too hot to heat up the kitchen. I think you will like the grilled Romaine. Looking forward to seeing the Nackley Clan over the weekend!

  • Tried it tonight- was a hit!!! Everyone from kids to my 70 year old dad thought it was great.

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