Grilled Romaine with Balsamic Dressing

Grilled Romaine with Balsamic Dressing
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Ease of cooking: Easy
    Method of cooking: Toasting
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Balsamic Dressing:
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Grilled Romaine:
  • 2 romaine hearts, halved lengthwise
  • Canola oil, for brushing
  • ¼ cup crumbled Gorgonzola, for garnish
  • 4 leaves fresh basil, torn, for garnish

Method

    For the balsamic dressing:
  1. In a blender, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Gorgonzola, basil, garlic, a pinch each of salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons water. Blend until the dressing is creamy and the garlic and basil are finely chopped.
    For the grilled romaine:
  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat.
  2. Lightly brush the cut sides of the romaine with the canola oil. Place the romaine on the grill cut-side down and cook until grill marks form and the leaves are slightly charred, 1 to 3 minutes. Arrange on a platter cut-side up.
  3. Drizzle the romaine with the dressing. Sprinkle with the Gorgonzola and torn basil and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli.