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Romaine Hearts Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Take your chicken Caesar salad to the next level with grilled romaine hearts and seasoned grilled chicken, drizzled with a quick and easy, creamy Caesar dressing. This dinner recipe is gluten free, low carb and keto, and packed with flavor!

Romain Hearts Grilled for Chicken Caesar Salad

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Romaine hearts are the crisp, yet tender, inner leaves of romaine lettuce. A whole head of romaine is carefully trimmed of the dark green outer leaves. You’re left with the succulent, lighter green, inner leaves.

You may be surprised to learn that romaine hearts are low in dietary fiber, but they’re also low in carbohydrates, sodium, and fat. And romaine is PACKED with vitamins and minerals. One serving gives you 150% of your vitamin A for the day!

Ingredients for Grilled Romaine Hearts Chicken Caesar Salad

I also love that romaine is a good source of magnesium, potassium, and folate. It’s great to get those through my food in addition to my prenatal vitamins.

At Tanimura & Antle, they carefully hand select each head of romaine lettuce for size and quality. Then they trim the lettuce down, and pack it right there in field. This ensures the freshest product you can get.

I’ve bought chopped and bagged romaine hearts in the past, trying to save prep time. But I’ve found that the quality and flavor of the whole head lettuces are SO much better.

Thankfully, romaine wedge salads are gaining popularity. So for entertaining I often just slice my romaine hearts in half. Everyone gets a half that they can cut themselves, and the presentation is absolutely beautiful.

Romaine Hearts for Grilling

You can make your wedge salads even more flavorful and impressive by grilling the romaine.


Did you know that you can grill lettuce? Romaine lettuce is incredibly versatile. While it’s great in any salad, it’s also wonderful as grilled wedges. Romaine holds up to heat in a way most lettuces don’t.

Romaine has a very slight bitterness to it, and grilling it adds a smoky flavor and a slight sweetness from the caramelization. You’ll be amazed by the depth of flavor!

How to Grill Romaine Hearts

So let’s get into the details of how to grill romaine hearts.


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill, or grill pan to high heat. I prefer the smokiness of the outdoor grill, but will use a grill pan in bad weather.
  2. Slice the lettuce in half lengthwise. At this point you can rinse and dry your lettuce. But I usually just do a quick check through for dirt or bugs and use them as is.
  3. You can grill romaine hearts plain, or drizzle with oil and season them. While olive oil is traditional for salads, I like to use avocado oil which has a higher smoking point.
  4. If desired, drizzle the cut side of each wedge with avocado oil, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. You can also drizzle with a bit of citrus juice or balsamic vinegar.
  5. Place the lettuce cut side down on the grill. If using an outdoor grill, keep the lid open.
  6. Grill 3-5 minutes until you have some good char marks and the lettuce is slightly wilted.
  7. Now you can use your grilled romaine lettuce as-is for a wedge salad, or chop it up.


  • Preheat your grill on high for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to scrape off any previous grilling remnants from the grate.


Caesar dressing poured onto grilled romaine hearts and chicken

  • While the grill preheats, place mayonnaise, Parmesan, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and 3-4 anchovies into a blender or food processor.
  • Blend until anchovies are completely chopped and incorporated, then refrigerate the dressing until ready to use.


Grilled Romaine Hearts and Chicken

  • Drizzle four large boneless skinless chicken breasts with avocado oil and sprinkle all over with salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan.
  • Reduce grill heat to medium, and grill chicken for 5-8 minutes on each side, depending on the size of the meat.
  • Chicken is done when the internal temperature reads 165F on a meat thermometer.
  • Remove chicken to a plate or platter and cover with foil.


  • Turn grill heat back to high.
  • Slice romaine hearts in half and drizzle with avocado oil and lemon juice, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place on the grill cut side down for 3-5 minutes, until charred. Remove and place on serving platter or individual plates.


Grilled Romaine Hearts Chicken Caesar Salad

  • Slice chicken breasts thinly and place on serving platter or individual plates.
  • OPTIONAL – Arrange lemon halves and anchovies on the platter, and sprinkle everything with shredded Parmesan. This is great for presentation and for allowing people to include more lemon juice or anchovy flavor on their salads.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the whole platter, or allow guests to dress their individual salads.



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Grilled Romaine Hearts Chicken Caesar Salad


Yield: 6

Grilled Romaine Hearts Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Romaine Hearts Salad

Take your chicken Caesar salad to the next level with grilled romaine hearts and seasoned grilled chicken, drizzled with a quick and easy, creamy Caesar dressing. This dinner recipe is low carb and keto, and packed with flavor! While the ingredient list may look long, most of the ingredients are the same, I just broke the amounts down by dressing, chicken, and lettuce to make it easier.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


Caesar Dressing

Grilled Chicken

Grilled Romaine Hearts


  • 3 lemons, halved
  • anchovies, remaining from the can
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan


  1. Preheat grill on HIGH for about 10 minutes.

Caesar Dressing

  1. Place mayonnaise, lemon juice, Parmesan, anchovies, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend well until anchovies are completely incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Grilled Chicken

  1. Drizzle chicken breasts with juice from half a lemon and avocado oil. Sprinkle all over with the salt, Parmesan, garlic powder, and pepper.
  2. Reduce grill heat to medium and cook chicken (with lid closed) for 5-8 minutes on each side.
  3. When chicken internal temperature is 165F, remove to a plate and cover with foil.

Grilled Romaine Hearts

  1. Turn grill heat back to HIGH.
  2. Drizzle cut side of romaine hearts with juice of half a lemon and avocado oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Keep the lid OPEN. Grill cut side down on HIGH heat for 3-5 minutes, until slightly charred. Then remove. How to Grill Romaine Hearts

Salad Assembly

  1. Thinly slice chicken breasts and arrange with grilled romaine on a large serving platter or board.
  2. You can nest lemon halves between the lettuce and chicken, and top with anchovies and shredded Parmesan if desired. Grilled Romaine Hearts Chicken Caesar Salad
  3. Drizzle dressing over just before serving, or allow each person to dress their own. Caesar dressing poured onto grilled romaine hearts and chicken


Nutrition Info includes ALL the dressing. I find that we only use half of it, but like having the extra to use throughout the week.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

6 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 438Saturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 1347mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g

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21 thoughts on “Romaine Hearts Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad”

  1. Wow, that is such an inviting salad. I have never grilled romaine hearts before but you are tempting me to try this salad real soon.

  2. I can’t wait to try this. I’ll bet the charring on the lettuce adds such a deep flavor to the salad!
    And you can’t go wrong with chicken in caesar salad!

  3. I’ve never had grilled romaine but have always wanted to try it. This salad looks amazing – caesar is my favorite!

  4. I never thought to grill romaine lettuce and how you plated the salad is so neat! It’s so pretty that I wouldn’t want to ruin it. lol

  5. What a delicious recipe for grilled chicken caesar salad! It’s just what I need for tomorrow’s dinner. Healthy, yummy and super fabulous!

  6. Oh God, what a beautiful presentation of this recipe. This is really a great job. Wow and wow, this is so delicious and it makes my mouth watering

  7. Seriously this is the most delicious grilled chicken Caesar salad I have ever seen. SO SO GOOD! I mean those grilled Romaine hearts – steals my heart. I only wish I could eat this gorgeous salad everyday!

  8. This sounds so simple, easy and delicious. I love grilled romaine lettuce. The chicken sounds so flavorful. Perfect weekend kinda fun on the grill food. Can’t wait to try this.

  9. I love eating salads like this at restaurants, but have never tried to replicate it at home. I actually prefer the darker romaine leaves, but love this presentation even more!

  10. I have never seen more appetizing pictures in my life. These look amazing! I am going to pin this for later and I can’t wait to try it.

  11. I’ve never grilled romaine hearts, but I will give this a try the next time I make a Caesar salad. They would be a tasty addition.

  12. Wow! This wedge salad looks amazing. I love caesar bu I’v never had it grilled like this. I’ll definitely be adding in the anchovies!

  13. This looks so good! I have been trying new and different recipes with a lot more veggies and lettuce, so I’ll definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!


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