Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes |
  • Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes
Posted on September 1, 2016

The original title for this post was “Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner for Two”. But as you can clearly see, this isn’t a recipe for salmon.

Why? Well, because sometimes things just don’t work out the way you had planned them. But I’m not complaining. Because that failed attempt at a salmon recipe is what eventually lead me down the path to creating this Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes. Which, as it turns out, is one of the best things to come off my grill this Summer.

Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes |

One of my favorite recipes here on Floating Kitchen is a grilled romaine salad recipe from 2015. But it seems to have suffered a fate that many of my recipes do – I forgot about it. And I basically went almost the entire grilling season without making it. Massive fail.

However, Amanda’s recent tutorial reminded me of all the deliciousness that grilled romaine has to offer. And that was just the push that I needed to quickly get myself back on the wagon. I’ve made my original recipe a couple of times since then. And I’ve been experimenting with new and different versions as well, like the one I’m bringing you today.

Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes |

This recipe is pretty straightforward. Once you get your seasoned chickpeas and tomatoes in the oven, you’ll spend a few minutes making a homemade vegan tahini-chive dressing and preparing the romaine lettuce. To cook the romaine on the grill, you only need a couple minutes of time. And I find it tastes best when it’s served almost immediately after being removed from the grill. So save this step until the very end.

Two romaine halves plus the toppings makes for a hearty enough salad to pass as a main meal. But you can easily serve this as a side dish as well, portioning out a single half per person. This recipe would totally make a great addition to your Labor Day Weekend festivities!

And um…holy crap Labor Day Weekend is THIS WEEKEND! How is that possible?

Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes |

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Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Serves 2

Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes


  • For the Chickpeas
  • 1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika

  • For the Tomatoes
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

  • For the Dressing
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

  • For the Romaine
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Spread the chickpeas out onto a paper towel. Then use a second paper towel to pat the tops dry. Transfer the dried chickpeas to a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, tossing to coat. Then sprinkle evenly with the salt, cumin and paprika. Transfer the baking sheet to your pre-heated oven and roast for 20 minutes, shaking the pan once halfway through the cooking time. Remove the roasted chickpeas from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, add the tomatoes to a second baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in your pre-heated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. While the chickpeas and tomatoes are roasting, make the dressing. Combine all of the ingredients in a small mason jar. Seal the jar and then shake it well to combine. Set aside.
  4. Pre-heat your grill to high. Drizzle the cut sides of the romaine lettuce with olive oil. Then add the romaine to your grill, cut side down, and grill for about 1-2 minutes, or just until grill marks start to appear. Flip the romaine over and grill for an additional 1-2 minutes on the second side. Remove from the grill and set aside.
  5. Transfer the grilled romaine to serving plates, cut side up. Drizzle with some of the dressing and top with the roasted chickpeas and tomatoes. Serve immediately.


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  • I adore romaine salad steamed, but I’ve never tried it grilled. Needs to change ASAP, this salad looks incredible! And yes, how is it SEPTEMBER?!


    • Oh steamed? I haven’t tried that. I’m going to have to look up a recipe for that!

  • I LOVE grilled romaine Liz! I usually go the blue cheese, bacon and red onion route, but I’ll need to give your recipe a go for sure! I love roasted chickpeas and that tahini dressing sounds fabulous! Happy Labor Day!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann. The roasted chickpeas are addicting and the perfect addition to this salad. Hope you enjoy the long weekend!

  • Ugh, I still haven’t grilled salad either! Putting that on the to-do list this weekend! Also, those chickpeas look incredible! xo


    • You better hurry up then…although you know I’m down for extending grilling season as long as possible. As long as my grill isn’t covered in snow, I’m using it!

  • I love grilled romaine and haven’t made it in years…WHY??? This salad looks so delicious with those roasted chickpeas and tomatoes, and that dressing! Clearly that salmon dinner didn’t work out for a reason. 🙂


    • Yup, I guess everything worked out perfectly fine in the end. I’m certainly not complaining!

  • Oh the colors! I’m the bug eyed emoji right now, Liz! This is sooo good and that dressing is over the top! I love the multitasking going on here, how quickly this comes together and is a full meal! Pass a cocktail and I’m DONE! You know I wen’t on your grill recommendation.. finally, but haven’t grilled Romaine yet (since getting the new grill). This will be happening! Delicious work my dear! xo


    • This one certainly is a beauty! I hope you try it. You’re going to love grilled romaine. I bet you’re a grilling pro already!

  • I love grilled romaine but haven’t made it in ages. Definitely not this year. I hate when I forget about great recipes! This looks amazing!


    • Right? Food blogger problems for sure. I always forget about all my favorite recipes.

  • Is there any way to use the stove and somehow grill the romaine in a pan?


    • If you have a grill pan, that would be the best indoor option.

  • Sometimes things are meant to be — but THIS is totally meant to be! Gorgeous and perfect for winding down summer!


    • Yup, happy accidents I suppose! 🙂

  • LOVE how fresh and vibrant this salad looks! I will definitely be giving it a try!


    • Yay! Let me know how it turns out!

  • Yum yum yum- isn’t it the best when little mistakes turn into big wins? I need a grill STAT!


    • Oh you definitely need to start grilling up some romaine ASAP. I know you’ll love it!

  • I never tried grilling romaine. I admit most of my salads are pretty vanilla and uber basic. I definitely need to up my game and this is the perfect way to experiment I am so glad your salmon failed so you can show me the light! 😉


    • Yeah, some things just work out for the best. Definitely try grilling up some romaine. It’s an easy way to add a new twist!

  • I hope you got those lovely leaves of Romaine from your family’s hydroponic garden! This looks so good, Liz! I hope you had a relaxing Labor Day weekend. I surely did. I am just now catching up with life, after thoroughly enjoying sleeping most of the day away. I needed it. Go, team grilled romaine!! …and go team “it isn’t fall yet, people!!” 😉 XO!


    • So glad you got to relax a bit and enjoy your garden. I’ve been thinking of you and all the work you have to do. You are a super hero! Miss you!

  • Grilled romaine is definitely one of my favorites during the summer and when I saw this one, Liz, my mouth dropped open – SO GORGEOUS! Seriously I am obsessed! Crispy chickpeas, roasted tomatoes and that tahini-chive dressing all piled high on some grilled romaine? One word – PERFECTION. I’ll be eating this well into fall because it doesn’t get so cold here that I can’t grill. Woot Woot! Pinned! Cheers, lady!


    • Yay! Definitely worthy of a Fall meal. It’s still crazy hot here, so I’ll be grilling for a long time I think! 🙂

  • I had grilled romaine once at a restaurant and it was one of the most amazing meals I’ve had. I need to try this gorgeous salad at home before the grill gets covered with snow. I miss your beautiful recipes!


    • Awww…thanks, Z! Yeah I’m grilling like crazy now to get as much Summer goodness as possible before the snow comes. Yikes!

  • Roasted salmon or not, this grilled romaine salad looks wonderful! Hope you had a lovely weekend!


    • Thanks, Lisa! XOXO!

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