This is always a crowd pleaser!! Even my picky eaters eat this because it's not "a salad" to them...??!! After having made this several times throughout the year, I agree with the other reviews, no need to coat each side, just the cut side. Also added more bleu cheese and crumbled bacon; and mixed shallots/or onions & garlic, balsamic vinegar, and a dollup of reduced-fat pre-made bleu cheese dressing as the dressing. Definitely a family favorite!!
Absolutely love this salad. We too now only serve Romaine when its grilled. The flavor is fantastic, like tara31 said "sweet and butter" but with the charred edge - sublime. I added 2 more tbsp more blue cheese (used lower fat crumbled blue cheese) so its a total of 5 and omit the garlic. I've also subbed dried onions when I don't have shallots. I also just spray the cut side.
It's a real keeper and I've been serving it to all our summer guests.
Nice change-up -- always a good thing for us to make salads just a little different one from the next, to keep them interesing. Had to thin the dressing with just a bit of buttermilk. No need to coat all sides with cooking spray. Served before CL's seared scallops with linguine.