Monday, June 04, 2012

Grilled Romaine Hearts Tomatoes & Shrimp With A Basil Vinaigrette

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Grilled romaine hearts are absolutely divine. A super easy, quick, and healthy meal. Elegant enough for company. My kids devoured this but I will admit all 3 of my kids have some what refined taste buds and prefer food a bit more complex then a hot dog... Even the littlest who turns 7 next week cleaned his plate. (If one of the kids were to have had an aversion to grilled romaine it was bound to be him.) It's just how it is in our house.. The hubby was sweet enough to grill the salad and take a few photo's while I was making the vinaigrette. 

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Toss shrimp with olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
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Brush romaine hearts and tomatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with a generous  pinch of sea salt. 
(Ignore the mushrooms, he just grilled some up as a side.)
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Add shrimp to grill. We have a grill pan we use. Other wise skewers work well for cooking shrimp.
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Place romaine over grill and cook until slightly wilted and grill marks appear. Rotate and cook on all sides. About 5 minutes total.
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Once shrimp is pink remove from heat.( Hubby then placed shrimp on the top rack to keep warm in a medium sized pan.
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Hubby forgot to take a picture of the tomatoes.. He had added the tomatoes to the grill and cooked them at the same time as the romaine, rotate just like the romaine once hot and grill marks appear.
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Add all ingredients for the vinaigrette into the blender or food processor and process until creamy and smooth.
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Gorgeous green color! Deliciousness!
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Plate romaine. Top with shrimp and tomatoes. Drizzle with vinaigrette. 

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Grilled Romaine Hearts Tomatoes & Shrimp With A Basil Vinaigrette

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
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Grilled Romaine Hearts Tomatoes & Shrimp With A Basil Vinaigrette recipe. A healthy, filling, fast twist on traditional salad.
Prep time: PT10M
Cook time: PT15M
Total time: PT25M
Yield: 6 Servings
Calories per serving: 479
Fat per serving: 28

For Vinaigrette:
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard, ( You can add up to 1 teaspoon for a little spiciness)
  • 1/3 cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Water
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning, Dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt And Pepper Or To Taste
  • 2/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil
For Salad:
  • 3 whole Romaine Hearts, Cut In Half ( I had found petite ones at the store I used.)
  • 2 pounds Shrimp, Peeled, Deveined And Tails Removed
  • 1 1/2 pounds Small Tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
Cooking Directions
  1. For Vinaigrette: Add all ingredients to a blender or a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy about 1 minute.
  2. For Salad: Toss Shrimp with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
  3. Toss tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.
  4. Brush on remaining olive oil all over romaine hearts. Season with a generous pinch of sea salt.
  5. Over a hot grill add shrimp, in a separate section on the grill add the romaine hearts cut side down and the tomatoes. Rotate shrimp until pink and remove from heat about 5-6 minutes. Cook romaine and tomatoes until grill marks appear. Rotate and cook on all sides. Total cook time is about 6-8 minutes for the romaine and tomatoes.
  6. Place grilled romaine heart on plate. Cover with shrimp and tomatoes. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.


  1. Mmmm ... I love grilled romaine :-)

  2. This looks so tasty! I'm not usually a fan of tomatoes, but I think I would love these!

  3. Hi Serene, this look so appetizing. Your presentation look very classy, love it.

    Have a nice day.

  4. Looks amazing! Never thought to grill lettuce! YUM! Came from Facebook!

  5. How nice of your hubby to collaborate on this post! This salad looks great! I love basil in vinaigrette - one of my fav herbs! Have a great week, sweetie! xoxo

  6. I have never thought to grill lettuce ... I am so intrigued by this idea!

  7. wow, what an amazing recipe. I've seen someone do grilled lettuce before and have always wanted to try it, now I have a great recipe, thx :)
    New follower from blog hop

  8. Looks delicious! Love grilled romaine lettuce.

    Take care

  9. That sounds and looks amazing. I have to try this. I'm hosting my weekly link party now and I'd love for you to join in at

  10. What a beautiful presentation...and it looks so good! I pinned it so I can make it someday!

    I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any of your recipes!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

  11. I have had grilled romaine at restaurants before but never tried to make it at home. I think I might have to give this receipe a try. Thanks for the great idea!

  12. Wow! That was fabulous! Thanks for sharing. Tired of ordinary salads so this hit the spot and my kids loved it too!

  13. This would be such a great summer dish at our house. We are trying to not eat bread during the week and are looking for "bready/rice/pasta" like substitutions. I can't wait to make this and might just try it out this week. Thank you!


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