Blueberry, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Grilled Romaine Salad

Sweet Fresh Blueberries, tangy blue cheese, salty bacon and candied pecans come together  to top a simple grilled romaine dressed with a bacon vinaigrette dressing! Blueberry, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Grilled Romaine Salad gives your mouth that comfort feel satisfying al your senses!

Grilled Romaine with Blueberry, Bacon, and Blue Cheese

Be sure to read to the end of my post where I have an exciting announcement for readers of Grumpy’s Honeybunch!

When asked what my very favorite fruit is, the answer is always blueberry. As a matter of fact, back in 2008 I wrote a post titled “Did I mention I love berries?” where I shared photos of pails of blueberries I had picked with my dad at a local farm. I even have a pinterest board called “blueberry recipe love“!

Blueberry, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Grilled Romaine Salad

I was brainstorming with Justin about a salad recipe to make that included blueberries. He mentioned something with bacon and I told him I was thinking the same thing! When adding bacon to a salad, I always want a little sweet, so the blueberries were a perfect addition along with candied pecans. Adding blue cheese gave this salad a little bite that complimented the sweetness. I also wanted a warm salad so I decided it had to be grilled. This is how Blueberry, Blue Cheese, Bacon and Pecan Grilled Romaine Salad was born!

Blueberry, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Grilled Romaine Salad

While I didn’t get to pick my own blueberries for this salad, I still had to share with you the photo of the pails of blueberries I did pick several years ago! I think you would have to agree that they are gorgeous!

Blueberry, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Grilled Romaine Salad

The most labor intensive part of this recipe was actually baking the bacon. That is what took the most time. The bacon along with the blue cheese crumbles gave this salad the protein boost it needed to make this a main dish salad. You can use regular bacon, but I highly recommend the thick cut.

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Blueberry, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Grilled Romaine Salad recipe was created as an entry to the #BlueberryToss #FWCon contest sponsored by Wish Farms for Food and Wine Conference being held May 13 – 16, 2016 in Orlando, FL. I’m looking very forward to attending and am very excited because Justin, who is now a partner of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, and Grumpy are going with me! It’s not too late to sign up to join us, if you’re interested, be sure to click on through to find out what you need to know about this contest and the conference!

Blueberry, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Grilled Romaine Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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Serves: 2-3 servings
Feel free to substitute chicken or shrimp for the bacon as a protein on the salad. If doing so, replace the bacon fat in the vinaigrette with another tablespoon olive oil.
Ingredients
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, washed and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 1 tablespoon robust olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese dressing
  • 1/4 cup candied pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries (or more if you wish!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 4 strips of bacon on cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven about 10-15 minutes depending on thickness of bacon. Flip bacon half way through. Remove from oven when brown and crisp and transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb fat drippings. When cool, break into smaller pieces and set aside.
  2. Make the vinaigrette by placing bacon fat, olive oil, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a small jar with a lid. Tighten cover on jar and shake well to combine dressing.
  3. On a preheated grill, place romaine halves cut side up. Grill over medium heat about 2 minutes. Flip romaine and grill another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and assemble on serving platter.
  4. Drizzle grilled romaine with vinaigrette and top with blueberries, blue cheese crumbles, bacon pieces and candied pecans. Serve Immediately.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

7 Comments

  1. Melissa @My Wife Can Cook May 5, 2016 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful conference, have fun! I have been meaning to try grilled romaine and after looking at this, will definitely have to try it!

  2. Peter Block May 5, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Great flavors and love the idea of grilling the romaine.

  3. Christie May 5, 2016 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Blueberries are my favorite too. Brilliant idea to add them to grilled romaine and add some nuts for crunch.

  4. Annie @ Annie's Noms May 5, 2016 at 9:15 am - Reply

    This looks wonderful! Love the juicy sweet blueberry/salty bacon combo! I also love baking bacon; something magical happens to it in the oven and it just blows my mind every time. This looks divine!

  5. Linda | Brunch-n-Bites May 6, 2016 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Ahhhh…..gonna miss the FWCon again this year since we’ll be traveling for friend’s wedding. But I should say I love berries, too and this salad does not disappoint at all. What a lovely combo!

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