Grilled Romaine Salad With Avocado-Lime Dressing Recipe

Last Update: September 28, 2022

This recipe appears in the Thrive Market cookbook, Healthy Living Made Easy. Get your copy here, and find the ingredients in this shopping list.

You grill sausages, corn on the cob, and even pizza—so why not lettuce? If romaine hearts aren’t yet a part of your barbecue repertoire, they should be. The outer leaves soften and char as they grill, while the core remains crunchy. Drizzle them with an avocado-lime dressing and serve warm for a show-stopping summer salad.

Grilled Romaine Salad With Avocado-Lime Dressing

Yield: 6 servings
Total Time: 10 minutes


For the avocado-lime dressing:
1 avocado, pitted
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
Juice of 3 limes
Large pinch sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
Small pinch cayenne pepper
Olive oil

For the salad:
6 romaine hearts, sliced lengthwise into halves
Olive oil, for grilling
2 to 4 hard boiled eggs, quartered (optional)
Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Grilled romaine


Heat grill to medium.

Make the dressing
Combine avocado, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper, onion powder, and cayenne in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drizzle in olive oil and blend until smooth. Set aside.

Grill the romaine hearts
Brush romaine hearts with olive oil. Grill 20 seconds on each side.

Assemble the salad
Serve warm romaine hearts drizzled with dressing and, if you like, topped with quartered eggs and parmesan.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Merce Muse

Thrive Market Food Editor

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