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Grilled Romaine Salad w/ Homemade Ranch Dressing

Give this grilled romaine salad a try at your next cook-out or make for a quick and delicious side to a weeknight dinner!

Grilled Romaine Salad w/ Homemade Ranch Dressing | Winni Wanderer


Romaine Salad

·         4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

·         ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs

·         1 tablespoon unsalted butter

·         1 garlic clove, minced

·         4 stalks romaine lettuce, sliced in half

·         olive oil, for brushing

·         kosher salt and pepper

·         1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered or halved

·         ranch dressing (see recipe below)

·         ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese

·         2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


1.      Preheat the grill to high heat.

2.      Blend up the ranch dressing and place in fridge

3.      To start, cook the bacon so it’s ready to go. Fry the bacon and place it on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess grease.

4.      Toast the breadcrumbs! To toast them, melt butter in a nonstick skillet. Add the breadcrumbs and garlic and stir to coat, then cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring often, until golden and fragrant. Remove from the heat.

5.      Brush the cut sides of the romaine with olive oil. Sprinkle all over generously with salt and pepper. When the grill is hot, reduce the heat to medium. Place the romaine stalks on the grill, cut side down. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes, until the lettuce becomes charred, then flip over and grill for an added 1 minute. Remove the romaine from the grill.

6.      Serve the romaine family style on a large platter or 1 or 2 stalks on a plate. Drizzle the romaine all over with the ranch dressing - as much as you’d like. Top with the tomatoes, crumbled bacon, blue cheese crumbles and fresh chives. Sprinkle the toasted breadcrumbs all over.

Serve immediately!

Homemade Ranch Dressing


·         1 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

·         ½ cup mayonnaise

·         ½ cup milk

·         3 tablespoons fresh chives or 1 tablespoon dried chives

·         2 tablespoons fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried dill weed

·         1 tablespoon fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley

·         2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

·         1 teaspoon garlic powder

·         ½ teaspoon onion powder

·         ½ teaspoon salt

·         ½ teaspoon pepper

·         ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

Add all ingredients for the dressing to a blender or food processor and blend until pureed and combined. Store in the fridge in a sealed container. This lasts for about a week!


Sources: “Grilled Romaine Salad”. Recipe. N.p. 1 June 2022. Web. 10 June 2024.“Our Favorite Ranch Dressing Recipe”. Recipe. N.p. 14 Apr. 2022. Web.


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