Grilled Hearts of Romaine with Creamy Avocado “Ranch” Dressing

Tired of the same old Caesar salad? Think outside the salad bowl with this charred romaine salad, made with vegan ranch dressing.

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This recipe originally appeared on our sister site, Better Nutrition.



  • 4 romaine hearts, halved lengthwise
  • 4 medium tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus additional for brushing
  • 3/4 cup cashew butter
  • 1 small avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbs. dried dill weed


  1. Lightly oil grill racks and preheat grill to medium high. Brush all surfaces of romaine and tomatoes with olive oil.
  2. Arrange, cut side down, on grill (use a grill grate for tomatoes). Grill tomatoes 4 minutes, romaine 5-6 minutes.
  3. While lettuce and tomatoes are grilling, combine remaining ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. To serve, arrange lettuce halves and tomatoes on 8 individual plates. Pour dressing over all, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 280
  • Carbohydrate Content 13 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 25 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 105 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g