Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

August is crazy if you have school kids!  And it doesn’t matter if they are old or young. Young kids outgrow their school clothes, need $376 of (really specific) school supplies and are anxious about their new teacher.  Older kids start school sports, end summer jobs… and maybe even fly away to college at dawn (Mom sobs.)  So it was wonderful to have a Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar on the patio with (most of) the family. 

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

Yes, this meal is a have it your way kind of crowd pleaser.  PLUS it uses up lots of summer produce, counts as healthy and comes together in a snap.  Seriously important for parents in August.  

Make your own Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

Make your own Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

Grilled Romaine has been popular for a long time, though I was late to that party.  But now I love the fact that grilling lettuce gives it smoky overtones and shrinks it, so four people can use up two full heads! 

Cut Romaine for Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

Cut Romaine for Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

Grilling-Romaine

If you use it for a grilled romaine taco salad bar, and there are so many tasty toppers you can include.  Chopped tomatoes, sliced peppers, hot peppers, salsa, onions, grated cheese, cilantro, avocado, sour cream, sweet corn!   I even considered adding zucchini!   

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar Toppings

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar Toppings

A big bag of chips leftover from a back-to-college party (mom sobs again) adds great crunch crumbled on top!  If you are out of packaged taco seasoning (or hate paying $1 plus for a teeny bag with lots of salt), check out the homemade taco seasoning mix I used from Food Renegade.  

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar Served

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar Served

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar
Serves 4
Want to get major vegetables into your kids--and have lots of fun!? Try this Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar for a festive summer dinner!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
309 calories
21 g
70 g
15 g
26 g
5 g
542 g
535 g
10 g
1 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
542g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309
Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 5g
27%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 70mg
23%
Sodium 535mg
22%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 9g
37%
Sugars 10g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
573%
Vitamin C
79%
Calcium
15%
Iron
33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 heads of romaine lettuce
  2. 1 lb of lean ground beef (or other meat/meat substitute of your choosing)
  3. 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  4. 1 package of taco seasoning (or equivalent in home seasonings)
Suggested toppings
  1. 1 large tomato cubed
  2. ½ cup of sliced mild peppers
  3. ½ - 1 cup of prepared salsa
  4. ¼ cup chopped onions
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan, brown the ground beef (or alternative) on medium heat. When cooked through, drain, then add tomato paste and seasoning per package instructions. Keep hot while preparing lettuce.
  2. Slice lettuce lengthwise, keeping core end intact to hold the lettuce together (see pictures above). Wipe the grill grate with a paper towel coated in oil, then place lettuce on grill. After a few minutes, when browned, turn over to cook the other side. Remove from grill.
  3. Serve a half head (or a quarter for smaller children) on each plate, place cooked taco meat and toppings on table and let everyone chose what they’d like.
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calories
309
fat
15g
protein
26g
carbs
21g
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7 thoughts on “Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

  1. David

    This is perfect, Inger! In fact, I think we will make this for dinner Monday night! With a dish like this, you just earned honorary Southwest chef!

  2. Beth

    It’s hard saying goodbye when they leave for school, isn’t it? I’ll be doing a bit of sobbing myself when my baby goes back to school in a couple of weeks.

    Your recipe is a real winner – anything that uses up produce AND is a family favourite is definitely a keeper!

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