Grilled Romaine and Avocado Salad with Salsa and Jalapeño Ranch Dressing Recipe

gluten free salad recipe

Forget everything you know about salads with ranch dressing. This gluten free salad recipe by our friends at This Mess is Ours blows them all away.

Grilled Romaine and Avocado Salad with Salsa and Jalapeño Ranch Dressing

Servings 4
Calories 361 kcal


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 minced jalapeño chile, seeded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, minced
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, halved lengthwise
  • 2 avocados, halved
  • 2 limes, halved


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, the chives, parsley, half of the jalapeño, half of the garlic, and the olive oil, and paprika. Blend until incorporated. Season the ranch dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, and cilantro and the remaining jalapeño, and garlic, and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Stir to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set the salsa aside at room temperature to marinate.
  3. Preheat a grill or stovetop grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush the cut edges of the romaine, the avocados, and limes with olive oil. Lightly oil the grill or grill pan, then grill the avocados and limes cut sides down. After 3 minutes, remove the limes from the grill and add the romaine, cut sides down. Grill the avocado and romaine for 2 minutes longer, then remove.
  4. Transfer the grilled romaine to a platter and drizzle with the jalapeño ranch dressing. Top with the salsa and serve each wedge with a grilled avocado half and a grilled lime wedge. Finish with a sprinkle of salt.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Romaine and Avocado Salad with Salsa and Jalapeño Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 165mg7%
Potassium 787mg22%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2695IU54%
Vitamin C 42.3mg51%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photography Todd van der Kruik

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