Grill for Dad a Salad

I’ll be the first to admit that a grilled salad doesn’t sound all that good – but it is. And when you add in diced bacon, tomatoes and Parmesan, it goes from good to great. Not to mention it’s super easy, and since the grill will already be hot from the Flat Iron Chimichurri you made him (you watched that blog video, right?) it’s a no brainer. Happy Father’s day to all the dads out there – you deserve a wonderful day, make that a wonderful week.   

Sam the Cooking Guy

Grill for Dad

Grill for Dad a Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Grill for Dad a Salad

Even salad haters warm up to this.


1 whole heart of romaine

Extra virgin olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

3 - 4 slices cooked & crumbled bacon

1 small tomato, diced

Parmesan cheese, shredded

Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper


  1. Heat grill to medium.
  2. Slice a thin piece off the core end of the romaine, just to clean it up a bit.
  3. Cut lengthways down the middle and brush each half with olive oil.
  4. Place cut side down on grill and cook just until leaves begin to wilt and you get grill marks - flip and repeat.
  5. Remove from grill and place cut side up on plate.
  6. Drizzle each half with a little balsamic vinegar and a little more olive oil.
  7. Then top with bacon, tomato and cheese.
  8. Add Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
  9. Serve.
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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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