Skinny Side Dish: Herb Grilled Romaine

Recently, over at InStyle, I shared my favorite summer recipe: grilled romaine lettuce. I know, I know. It may sound a little boring to some but it’s actually quite the opposite. When sprinkled with olive oil and herbs, the romaine’s flavor and texture is the perfect low-calorie, skinny side dish.

Whether you’re preparing for a potluck or throwing it on the grill for dinner, here’s how to make this delicious summer favorite:


  • 4-5 romaine hearts (more if you’re planning on serving at a party)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh chopped herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Chili flakes (if you prefer it spicy)
grilled romaine
grilled romaine

STEP 1: Wash romaine and pull off any wilted leaves. Chop off the lettuce heads about 1-2 inches in.

grilled romaine
grilled romaine

STEP 2: Mix together herbs, vinegar, and olive oil. Marinate the leaves generously. Sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste.

grilled romaine
grilled romaine

STEP 3: Fire up the grill on high heat. Grill the leaves until lightly browned on all sides, turning every couple of minutes.

STEP 4: Once browned, take off grill and let cool. Either serve them whole or chop as a salad. Either is delicious! I always serve mine with some salmon or chicken for a well-balanced plate. Add some chili flakes for some spice, if needed!

I guarantee once you try these veggies, you’ll be hooked. I’ve been eating them almost every single week! For some other skinny options, check out these links:

Eating Well | Low Calorie Summer BBQ Recipes // Delish | 26 Healthy Grilling Recipes // Bon Appetit | Grilled Veggie Recipes


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