romaine hearts
6-8 Tbs
Caesar dressing (per romaine heart)
6 Tbs
shaved Parmesan
3/4 cup
crushed Sourdough or Rye Crackers
1 squeeze
fresh lemon
2 Tbs
Maldon salt
4-5 cracks
fresh black pepper

What’s a hand salad, you ask? We define hand salad as crunchy first course that one (you) can eat without any plates or utensils. A fork-less salad especially comes in handy in any outdoor meal setting i.e. a BBQ or a picnic, or if you live in a small apartment and cant afford two sets of dishes (who has that many plates, for real).

Romaine is the easiest for this - crunchy and hearty, it adds texture, support, and color to any casual meal. If you’re BBQ-ing you can also throw the hearts directly on the grill for an easy char. Yeah. That’s a thing.

We like to serve ours with a classic Caesar dressing, but this is a freaking salad, so as long as you have a dressing with enough acid, a bit of crunch (croutons, radish, etc.), you can really do whatever your little heart desires.


  1. Cut romaine hearts in half, hot-dog style and wash well. Remove any brown leaves on the outside.

  2. Grill over indirect heat for 10-15 minutes or until they’re as charred as you like.

  3. Messily drizzle dressing over the hearts, making sure to get in aallll the crevices. Add more dressing. Duh.

  4. Sprinkle parm over the hearts, squeeze lemon, sprinkle salt, crack a bunch of pepper.

  5. Crumble up a bunch of Rye Crackers or Sourdough Crackers OR BOTH.

Pick up and crunchy crunch away. Boom. Health.

Grill em good

In this recipe

Rye Crackers