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Kristy Crabtree: ‘Nevada Foodies’ Elk and Grilled Romaine Salad

As the weather gets warmer I’m always looking for a new salad recipe. It looks like “Nevada Foodie” Kristy Crabtree has a winner! ~MC


Have you ever grilled your lettuce? I have to say it adds a totally different dimension when making a salad. Romaine lettuce is the best to use. You simply slice it in half, drizzle it with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Then throw it on the grill for a minute being sure to turn and grill on the other side. Remove and your done.

Not every recipe I post makes for the best photos, but some of these recipes I want to share since they are quick and still allow you to really enjoy using up your wildgame. Along with grilling the lettuce, I grilled some spring onions and a few Roma tomatoes to add to the salad.

I should have called this a ‘Mexican Taco Salad’ since I used similar spices to my ground elk that I use in all my taco meat.

When you’re ready, plate your grilled romaine lettuce, add some onions and tomatoes and your ground elk. Cut everything up, top with a little shredded cheese, maybe a few black olives and some salsa…. or in my case, I drizzled a little thick balsamic vinegar… Dinner is served.

Elk and Grilled Romaine Salad


  • 1lb ground elk
  • 3 romaine lettuce heads, cut in half
  • 6 spring onions
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • olive oil


Slice romaine lettuce and tomatoes in half. Drizzle a little olive oil over lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions and season with a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper.

Continue with the directs for Kristy Crabtree’s Elk and Grilled Romaine Salad recipe and visit her blog, “Nevada Foodie.”

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