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Serves 2. To serve more, just double or triple as necessary.

Yes, this is grilled, and it's as fun to make as it is to eat.


  • 1 whole heart of romaine
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 - 4 slices ready cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 small tomato, diced Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper


  1. Heat grill to medium
  2. Slice a thin piece off the core end of the head, just to clean it up
  3. Cut lengthways down the middle and brush each half with olive oil
  4. Place cut side down on grill and cook just until leaves begin to wilt and you get grill marks - flip over and repeat
  5. Remove from grill and place cut side up on plate.
  6. Drizzle each half with balsamic vinegar and a little more olive oil
  7. Then top with bacon, tomato and cheese
  8. Add kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste