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of the best grilled Caesar salad on a platterouring creamy caesar dressing on the best grilled Caesar salad in a bowl

Best Grilled Caesar Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Meiko Temple


Salad + Croutons

  • 4 heads romaine hearts sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 4 3/4-inch-thick slices crusty white bread
  • ¼ cup olive oil + extra for croutons
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Grilled Lemons (optional)

  • 2 lemons cut in half (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

Smoky Caesar Dressing

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice ½ lemon
  • ½ teaspoon hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil


Caesar Dressing

  • Combine all ingredients except oil into a blender and blend on low. While running gradually pour in olive oil until emulsified. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Grilled Romaine, Croutons & Lemons

  • Clean and oil cooking grate. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill fire for direct grilling over medium heat (350°F).
  • [Optional Prep For Grilled Lemons] Add sugar to a small plate and dip the cut sides of the lemons into the sugar.
  • Lightly brush all sides of the bread slices and romaine with olive oil. Place the romaine hearts, lemons, and bread slices (cut side down) on the grill on direct heat and cook approximately 2-5 minutes per side. Pay close attention to each item as temperatures may vary across the grill and each item may cook at different times. Once you achieved your desired char and color r remove from the grill.
  • Tear bread into bite-size pieces and place in a bowl. Drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper, and toss to coat.

Salad Assembly

  • To a severing platter add grilled romaine. Layer with Parmesan cheese, croutons, and drizzle smoky Ceasar dressing on top. Serve and individually squeeze grilled lemon juice on top, if prepared.
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Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4989IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 2mg


Cutting Board
Chef's Knife
Sheet Pan
Basting Brush
Metal Tongs
Weber Master Touch Grill
Bowl Set

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

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