FoodGrilled romaine lettuce: A nutritious and flavorful side dish

Grilled romaine lettuce: A nutritious and flavorful side dish

Pan-fried lettuce? Worth a try.
Pan-fried lettuce? Worth a try.
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6:09 PM EDT, June 2, 2024

Sautéed lettuce? But its leaves are so delicate and not suitable for this at all. Yes, but this popular vegetable has many varieties, including romaine lettuce. It is characterized by long, slightly sweet, and, most importantly, thicker leaves. Therefore, it withstands grilling or frying well.

Romaine lettuce was used for medicinal purposes as far back as ancient times. Its health and taste benefits are invaluable. Additionally, you can prepare it literally in a few minutes.

More than others

Romaine lettuce provides more valuable nutrients than other types of this vegetable. It is also valued for its very delicate and slightly sweet taste. What else is worth knowing about it?

  • Romaine lettuce is low in calories, so it is recommended for weight loss diets.
  • It contains a lot of vitamin A (important for eye health), vitamin K (important for blood clotting), and vitamin C (important for the immune system).
  • It is also a good source of folic acid, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Romaine lettuce contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals and may protect against some chronic diseases.
  • It has a lot of fiber, which supports the digestive system and helps maintain proper blood sugar levels.

Always from the pan

Whenever I buy romaine lettuce, I immediately have two ideas. Both involve a frying pan. The quicker one is simply grilled lettuce with whatever ingredients I have in the fridge. When warm, its leaves soften and acquire a wonderful, smoky flavor. You can then eat them just with olive oil, cheese, tomatoes, and nuts. Simply cut the romaine lettuce in half lengthwise, rub it with olive oil, salt, and freshly ground pepper. I grill it on a hot pan for about two minutes on each side. When it softens and becomes well browned, it is ready. The second way is to fry the lettuce. I place it cut-side down in hot olive oil or butter and fry for a few minutes until the leaves slightly char. To give the lettuce an even better aroma, I add garlic to the pan. Lemon juice or balsamic vinegar are also good additions. Prepared this way, lettuce is suitable as a side dish for main courses and is also a great base for salads.

Sautéed romaine lettuce with nuts and blue cheese


  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce,
  • 2 oz. of walnuts,
  • 2 oz. of blue cheese (e.g., Gorgonzola),
  • 2 tablespoons of honey,
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil,
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Cut the romaine lettuce in half lengthwise.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  3. Sauté the lettuce, cut side down, for 3-4 minutes until the leaves are slightly charred.
  4. Transfer the lettuce to plates.
  5. Toast the walnuts in a dry pan for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle the lettuce with walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, and drizzle with honey.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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