“Tastes like a steak… if a steak were a salad”. This is how this roasted romaine lettuce recipe has been described.
Roasting greens sounds kind of insane. That is, it sounds insane before you try it. It seems like the lettuce would just shrivel up or turn to mush. It’s hard to understand how the oven turns a simple salad staple into a roast-y, garlic-y delicious side dish that rivals any main course. But then again, if you’ve roasted other vegetables, you understand how something magical happens in the oven when you combine olive oil, vegetables, and some heat. You may have noticed that we have a love of roasting vegetables around here!
If you follow this blog or other Mediterranean Diet blogs, you probably understand our love of leafy green vegetables. First, greens are super low in calories and high in fiber. Second, greens of all variety (including romaine) are chock full of vitamins like C, A, K, and B, as well as potassium, calcium, and folate. Healthline calls romaine a “dieter’s dream” because of the low calories and high nutrition. With all the important vitamins and minerals in those leaves, we call it a dream for anyone who wants to live a healthy lifestyle!
My Sister-in-law introduced me to Roasted Romaine Lettuce. This is her recipe. I have always loved her, but now I can understand even more why my dear brother married her. This recipe is so good that I crave it on cold days… and sort of cool days … and on most days that fall in autumn, winter, or spring. And honestly, I love it in summer if we are having anything grilled.
This dish is amazing eaten just as it is written. If you are feeling fancy, try drizzling with some balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of Parmesan and see if your taste buds don’t explode.
Give it a try and let us know what you think!
Hi, I’m Ashley! I’m a Mediterranean Diet expert, a family health champion, and a Mom of 3 little people. Any day of the week, you will find me in the kitchen cooking up festive new recipes using Mediterranean Diet principles. I love breakfast for dinner, long days at the beach, the perfect glass of wine, and spontaneous adventures. Originally from Atlanta, I now fondly call Virginia my home.