Grilled Romaine Panzanella


Throw it all on the grill. Grill the lettuce, bread, and tomatoes and toss it in a bowl for a refreshing take on salad.

Grilled Romaine Panzanella
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Grill Time:
2 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
37 mins


  • 1 medium heart of romaine lettuce, cut in half lengthwise

  • ¼ of a loaf ciabatta bread, cut in half horizontally

  • 1 - 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup grape and/or cherry tomatoes

  • 3 slices bacon

  • 3 tablespoon finely chopped red onion

  • 3 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon honey

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup torn fresh basil

  • ¼ cup shredded white cheddar cheese (1 ounce)


  1. Brush cut sides of lettuce and bread with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Thread tomatoes onto skewers,* leaving 1/4 inch between each tomato. For a charcoal or gas grill, place lettuce and bread, cut sides down, and tomato skewers on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 2 to 4 minutes or until light grill marks appear on lettuce and tomatoes and bread is toasted, removing food from grill as it is done. Coarsely chop lettuce and cut bread into 1-inch pieces. Remove tomatoes from skewers.

  2. For vinaigrette, in a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Cut up bacon; set aside. If necessary, add enough of the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the reserved drippings to equal 3 tablespoons. Add onion to the reserved drippings; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Cook about 1 minute more or until reduced slightly, stirring to scrape up crusty browned bits.

  3. In a large bowl combine lettuce, bread, tomatoes, bacon, basil, and cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss gently to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.


This recipe can easily be doubled to serve 14 to 16 people.


If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes; drain before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

135 Calories
9g Fat
8g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 135
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 245mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 4.1mg 21%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 134mg 3%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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