Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad – Surprise Baby Shower for Aggie!

Grilled romaine has a slightly charred flavor on the outside and a crunchy texture on the inside – perfect for drizzling with my garlicky, egg-free Caesar dressing.
Grilled Caesar Salad with Rosemary Croutons - The Lemon BowlSURPRISE!! It’s a Virtual Baby Shower for my dear friend Aggie of Aggie’s Kitchen! A fellow healthy food blogger who appreciates real food with tons of flavor, I have admired Aggie for years and am honored to consider her one of my closest friends today.

Aggie and LizAggie and I finally met in person this past May when we attended Food Blog Forum in Orlando. Due in September with her third child, we are just 6 weeks apart in our pregnancies and both happen to be having our second boys! In fact, I found out I was pregnant the day after Aggie shared her  news with me. It has been so much fun going through this pregnancy with such a dear friend and fellow food blogger. 

Grilled Romaine - The Lemon BowlTo celebrate Aggie’s Italian heritage and love of the cuisine, I am sharing a quick and easy Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad. If you’ve never grilled lettuce before, I urge you to give it a shot. The inside stays light and crunchy and the outside gets a subtle smoky flavor that is addictive. The best part is that it only takes 3 or 4 minutes and you’re done!

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad with Rosemary Croutons - The Lemon BowlMy Caesar dressing doesn’t contain any raw eggs so it is ideal for pregnant women but truthfully, I prepare it this way regardless. Grilled romaine would also work well with Avocado Green GoddessDill Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing.

You’re invited!! Be sure to check out all of the delicious recipes created in honor of Aggie. Below is a full list of bloggers participating in the festivities!

Baby Shower for AggieAppetizers
Sundried Tomato Hummus from Robyn of Add a Pinch
Melon & Prosicutto Balls from Paula of bell’alimento
Bruschetta from Sheila of Eat2gather
Jalapeno Poppers from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites from Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club
Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer
Pesto Caprese Fried Wontons from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini from Cheryl of TidyMom

Toasted Coconut Milkshakes from Bev of Bev Cooks
Lemon Cream Soda from Angie of Eclectic Recipes
Peach Sorbet Bellini and Spritzers from Shaina of Food for My Family
Non Alcoholic Berry Spritzer from Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks
Virgin Peach & Raspberry Bellinis from Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen
Italian Basil Sparkling Lemonade from Marly of Namely Marly
Italian Sodas from Laura of Real Mom Kitchen
Cafe Mocha Punch / or Iced Cafe Mocha from Amy of She Wears Many Hats

Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar {with Creamy Caesar Dressing} from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps from Christine of Cook the Story
Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes from Suzanne of Kokocooks
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomato and Mozzarella from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod
Lentil and Chickpea Layered Salad from Lisa of With Style & Grace

Chicken Cacciatore from Meagan of A Zesty Bite
Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Edamame Stir-Fry from Cassie of Bake Your Day
Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Feta from Dara of Cookin’ Canuck
“Straw & Hay” Tagliatelle in Cream Sauce from Flavia of Flavia’s Flavors
Grilled Italian Chicken with Veggie & Bow Tie Pasta from Katie of Katie’s Cucina
Grilled Naan Pizza with Summer Veggies & Turkey Sausage from Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream Frosting from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Crostata di Mango from Lora of Cake Duchess
Italian Ice from Kristen of Dine & Dish
Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta from Jenny of Picky Palate
Italian Cream Cake from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Panna cotta from Leslie of The hungry housewife
Fortune Cookies from Shari of Tickled Red
Baby Vanilla Bean Scones a la Starbucks from Tara of Unsophisticook

Your fork is waiting.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad - Surprise Baby Shower for Aggie!
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Grilling romaine adds a slightly charred flavor on the outside while the inner leaves remain fresh and crunchy - perfect for drizzling with Caesar dressing.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil - divided
  • kosher salt and pepper
Caesar Dressing!
  • 1 clove garlic - grated
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • rosemary croutons - optional garnish
  • parmesan shavings - optional garnish
  1. Pre-heat grill on high heat and slice romaine head vertically exposing inner leaves.
  2. Lightly brush inside of romaine halves with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill 4-5 minutes, turning once, then set on a platter.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, anchovy paste, parmesan cheese, lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve, drizzle dressing over the romaine heads and sprinkle with rosemary croutons and shaved parmesan.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ romaine head Calories: 140 Fat: 12.4 g Saturated fat: 2.4 g Unsaturated fat: 10 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 4.4 g Sugar: 2.4 g Sodium: 252 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 3.5 g Cholesterol: 6 mg



  1. says

    Dying right now. You guys rock. Beyond words!!!
    And you made me a salad!!! On the grill! I want this for lunch!!

    I’m so happy we are friends. You have made being pregnant just a little more fun, truly, I can’t believe there a million states between us. Love you friend! xo

  2. says

    Looks great, Liz! Ben doesn’t like caesar salad (gasp!) but this looks perfect for a night when he works late. I’ve never grilled romaine! I need to get on that asap. Thanks for organizing this event! Aggie deserves it all and more! :) xo

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Shocker – Rich doesn’t like it either – haha. Although he would like this version because there’s no creamy texture. Why are men so picky?? :) xoxoox

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Isn’t grilling romaine the best??? I don’t do it enough myself. Thanks for joining the shower Christine!!

  3. says

    Grilled Salad? What a great idea. As a vegan I’m always looking for ideas to use our grill! 😉 Thanks SO much for the work you put into making this such a special day for Aggie…and for allowing us to be a part of that!

  4. Susan says

    This salad sounds wonderful! I really like the idea of an eggless Caesar dressing. I’ve made the regular kind once or twice, but it fell off my map a long time ago. This is something I would make, which is good, because Caesar is my husbands favorite salad. Thank you for posting this.

  5. says

    Liz, I just love that you all did this for Aggie…. She is one of the biggest blessings blogging gave me. Love your salad. My husband is our home’s Grill Master ~~> Think I’ll have to put him to work on this one for us. :) Looks delish! PS ~ You and Aggie are two of the cutest pregnant gals I’ve ever seen!!!!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Thanks so much Kim!! It was a total Joy….Aggie is such a blessing to the entire blogging community, that’s for sure!!

  6. says

    I can’t believe you guys just met in May!! I swear she has been talking about you way longer than that! Thank you for being so such and helping organize this for Aggie!! You’re awesome!! xoxo

    And this salad, so perfect for Aggie’s shower. I’m repeating what you said…why can’tttttt this be in person?

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I know!!! When I met Aggie I felt like we had been friends for 20 years. :) Thanks for everything Julie!!!

  7. says

    Oh, how I adore grilled romaine. This looks and sounds fantastic, Liz!

    Thanks so much for organizing this shower for Aggie. She is truly an amazing person, and enjoys every bit of this.

  8. says

    You and Aggie look so great in that photo from FBF! Wish I had been there too. I’ve never grilled lettuce before, but with all the practice I’ve been getting this summer, it’ll definitely be on my must-try list for the grill.

  9. says

    Don’t take away my Italian card *please*, but would you believe this Italian girl has *never* grilled romaine lettuce? I KNOW. I’ve eaten grilled radicchio though and I can’t get enough of that subtle smoky flavor and crisp-tender texture, so I know I would love grilled romaine. Great recipe, Liz! Caesar salads are one of my very favorites! Bravissima!

  10. says

    I had my first bite of grilled romaine straight from Aggie’s plate, when we were out in Oregon together, and I can tell you that she LOVED it! What a perfect salad for her. Thank you SO MUCH for helping to organize this fabulous party, Liz! xo

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Oh my gosh I had no idea!!! I love that story and I’m so glad to know she liked it!!! Thanks so much for participating Brenda!! :)

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I am so glad we pulled off such a great surprise!!!! I hope we can all celebrate in person one of these days!! xoxo

  11. Susan says

    I made this dressing for dinner tonight as part of an experiment to recreate an unusual Caesar salad we had on our road trip this summer. The salad was a success, and my husband really liked the dressing. This recipe will now be my go-to Caesar salad dressing. I like the ingredients and the proportions, as well as the flavor. The thing that amazed me is that even with all that anchovy paste, it didn’t overwhelm the dressing. Well done!! (The unusual Caesar salad was a mix of raw kale & Brussels sprouts, sliced thin, topped with grilled chicken.)


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