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Crispy grilled romaine drizzled with a homemade smoky Caesar dressing totally elevates the traditional Caesar salad.

Grilled Romaine with Smoky Caesar Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Meiko Temple


  • 4 heads romaine hearts sliced lengthwise in ½
  • ½ cup goat cheese crumbled

Cornbread Croutons

  • 1 batch day-old cornbread homemade or from a box mix
  • 3 tablespoons butter + more if needed
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste

Caesar Dressing

  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard I used “Grey Poupon” brand
  • 4 anchovies drained
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon hickory liquid smoke
  • ¼ teaspoon Worchestshire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


Caesar Dressing Preparation

  • Combine mayo, Dijon mustard, anchovies, garlic, lemon, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and olive oil into a blender and blend until smooth.

Cornbread Croutons Preparation

  • Cut leftover or day-old cornbread into cubes, any size
  • Melt butter on medium heat in large sauté pan, Add in in cornbread cubes and toss lightly to coat.
  • Sprinkle with salt and Italian seasoning. Flip once and continue to cook until you see that both sides are toasted and brown.

Grilled Romaine Preparation

  • Preheat the grill
  • Lightly and evenly coat romaine heads with cooking spray. Place the romaine cut-side down on the grill until grill marks appear, approximately 2 minutes. Repeat on opposite side. Remove romaine from the grill and season with salt and pepper.

Salad Assembly

  • Layer goat cheese, cornbread croutons and smoky Cesar dressing on top of grilled romaine and serve.
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Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 726mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 781IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg


Large Sauté Pan
Weber Master Touch Grill
Metal Tongs

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

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