Grilled Romaine with Stout-Bacon Vinaigrette

  • Recipe TypeSide Dish
  • Prep Time20 minutes
  • Yield2 people

The charring on this salad gives it a slightly heavier note, making it a great companion to your next grilled meal. The bacon, gorgonzola, and garlic in this dish all pair perfectly with your favorite stout.

Ingredients

  • 1 head romaine lettuce. Halved, washed and cored. Leafy ends can be removed.
  • 2-3 shallots, finely diced
  • 4 slices of thick bacon, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup stout
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Crumbled gorgonzola cheese for topping
  • pinch of kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat grill or grill pan to high. Preheat a skillet to med-high heat.
  2. Toss bacon and shallots in skillet and cook until bacon starts to look crispy. Toss in garlic and cook for another 30 seconds and remove from heat. Pour mixture onto a plate with paper towels.
  3. Return the skillet to the heat. Deglaze pan with the beer and balsamic. Add a good glug of extra virgin olive oil too. Mix well and reduce for a couple minutes and remove from heat.
  4. Brush cut side of romaine with the extra virgin olive oil and place on the grill or grill pan. Don't pull romaine off the grill until you start seeing some nice charred marks on the lettuce. Takes just a couple of minutes.
  5. Place romaine on a plate (cut side up), top with bacon, vinaigrette and gorgonzola. Add a pinch of salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Enjoy!