This Grilled Romaine Hearts with Figs, Pear and Manchego salad makes a great starter or lunch. Perfect for entertaining too!

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Figs, Pear and Manchego

Spring is here, time to whip out those salads!

I was expecting to post this salad on a warm, sunny day – kind of like the weather last week. But for some reason, it seems to have gone back to Winter! We had big fat hailstones yesterday, and it’s looking pretty miserable again today.

But I don’t care. I’d eat this salad any time!

In fact the first time I made this one was for Superfood magazine back in December. It did feel a little strange eating salad whilst the Christmas tree was up, but come on…..


Plus an amazing honey-balsamic vinaigrette? I was definitely eating it!

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Figs, Pear and Manchego

I made 6 filling salads altogether for Superfood, and I’m going to be sharing all of them with you over the next few weeks.

And it’s probably a good thing I’ve already got this yummy salad photographed because I can’t eat green stuff this week. Or red stuff.  Or anything that isn’t white or light in colour.

Yep, I’ve gone down the vain approach of getting my teeth whitened. I had them done about 10 years ago at the dentist, and decided they needed a bit of a top up (not glow-in-the-dark, just nice, bright pearlies please!). This time I’m doing it at home over the course of a week.

I’ve got to wear these strange-looking plastic teeth-guard-type-things filled with whitening solution overnight for 7 to 10 days.

Three days in, and I know I definitely won’t last the full 10 days.

White food is so boring!!

At least it is when you’re trying not to stuff yourself with bread, cream, mayo, ice cream and cheese!
I’m missing kale, and coffee, and raspberries and chocolate and green smoothies soooo much!

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Figs, Pear and Manchego

I’ve even considered melting chocolate and just drinking it through a straw. Bad Nicky.

Just a few more days to go, then I’m having a large latte and a chocolate cake.

Have a guess what Friday’s recipe is going to be…….

Risotto! Yay! I actually love risotto, so I’m good with that white food. It’s a spring veg risotto, so I may have to miss out the green stuff (boo hoo) but I’m sure you guys can eat all that lovely asparagus and broccoli for me.

The Grilled Romaine Hearts with Figs, Pear and Manchego Recipe:

5 from 1 vote

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Figs, Pear and Manchego

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Figs, Pear and Manchego
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: British


  • 2 romaine hearts
  • 3 figs cut into halves
  • 1 pear cored and sliced thinly
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) shelled walnuts lightly chopped
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) Manchego crumbled


  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • pinch salt & pepper
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  • Slice the romaine hearts in half lengthwise.
    2 romaine hearts
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients using a fork.
    6 tbsp olive oil, 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp honey, pinch salt & pepper
  • Heat a griddle plate or pan and brush lightly with oil. Brush the cut side of the romaine hearts with the balsamic dressing and place on the griddle cut-side-down. Cook for 3-5 minutes until charred griddle lines appear (no need to turn over). Brush the figs with the dressing and place on the griddle for the last minute of cooking.
    3 figs cut into halves
  • Place the romaine on a large serving plate, cut side up. Slice the halved figs into quarters and scatter on top of the romaine along with the sliced pear, walnuts and crumbled Manchego. Serve with the remaining dressing.
    1 pear, 50 g (1/2 cup) shelled walnuts, 50 g (1/2 cup) Manchego


Nutritional Information is per serving.


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 5045IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.



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  1. Kath says:

    5 stars
    I didn’t realise until a few years ago how much I love figs, this salad is absolutely delicious.

  2. Cheri Williams says:

    Nicky do you think you could do the romaine and figs in advance and serve chilled???

  3. Tina says:

    Wow that sounds like a killer combination! Thanks for the idea.

  4. Rainbow Delicious (@rainbowdelish) says:

    This looks so unique and delicious! I’m so excited it is grill season!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      I hope you give them a go – they’re so good!!

  5. annie says:

    I’ve only recently started to appreciate romaine (used to be about dark greens or nothin’) and now I need to make up for all that I’ve missed. I will definitely be trying this when we break out the grill!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Absolutely! I love the dark green stuff too, but the sweet crunchiness of romaine is so good!

  6. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says:

    I love a grilled salad! Add Manchego and you take it over the top. This look delicious!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Karen 🙂

  7. Fuss Free Helen says:

    The weather is insane here – snow, sunshine and now lots of thunder.

    Lovely salad, I love figs so much.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      I know, I got caught in the snow yesterday, yet I was wearing a t-shirt this time last week. Madness!!
      Glad you like the salad 🙂

  8. gingey bites says:

    This looks divine – my kind of salad (i.e. cheese!!). I think this would be perfect for a dinner party starter 🙂 Good Luck with the teeth whitening!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      ha ha thanks 🙂 I ate a raspberry yesterday and panicked i’d have pink teeth. The things we do for vanity!!!

  9. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says:

    What a lovely way to use figs! Who says that salads are boring?! This looks beautiful.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Danni, I agree, salads definitely should not be boring, there are so many ways to make a fab salad 🙂