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Grilling romaine lettuce is a revelation—in only 3 minutes, the hearts get beautifully browned and the flavor turns sweeter and interesting. Make the tangy cherry tomato vinaigrette up to an hour ahead, but don’t grill the romaine until just before serving, as it tends to lose volume as it sits.
Heat gas grill to medium-high. (If using grill topper, put it directly on grill grate while heating.)
Combine cherry tomatoes, 3 Tbs. oil, sundried tomatoes, sliced basil, capers, vinegar, orange juice, and garlic in large bowl, and season with 1⁄4 tsp. salt, if desired. Let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Brush romaine hearts with remaining 2 tsp. oil, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Arrange cut-side down directly on grill grates or grill topper. Cook 2 minutes, or until golden and marked. Flip, and cook 1 minute more. (Don’t be tempted to cook longer; they continue cooking off grill.)
Arrange hearts on serving platter. Spoon tomato vinaigrette across hearts, and garnish with basil leaves.
- Serving Size serves 8
- Calories 75
- Carbohydrate Content 4 g
- Cholesterol Content 0 mg
- Fat Content 7 g
- Fiber Content 1 g
- Protein Content 1 g
- Saturated Fat Content 0.5 g
- Sodium Content 93 mg
- Sugar Content 2 g