Grilled Romaine With Blue Cheese-Bacon Vinaigrette

Throw romaine on the grill for a surprising superstar summer side dish.

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Serving size: 6
Calories per serving: 181

4 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup finely diced red onions
1/2 pound 1/4 inch diced bacon
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 heads Romaine lettuce cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
freshly cracked black pepper

Preheat a grill or indoor grill pan to high.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the onion and bacon and cook until the bacon is crispy. Remove the onion and bacon from the pan. Add the balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet and reduce for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. Brush the romaine with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place on the grill cut-side down and quickly sear until grill marks are visible. Set aside. For each serving, place a half head of romaine cut-side up on a plate and drizzle the balsamic dressing on top. Sprinkle with blue cheese and the bacon and onion, and garnish with cracked black pepper.


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