Grilled Romaine Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Grilled Romaine Salad with Buttermilk Dressing: Of all the things I love to grill, Grilled Romaine is a favorite. This delectable Romaine Salad with charred hearts of romaine and creamy Creole Buttermilk Dressing, is a feast for the senses.

Grilled Romaine Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Smoky grilled romaine hearts, blistering warm oranges, slices of fresh avocado, and bits of thick cut bacon… What’s  not to love?

This easy and elegant Grilled Romaine Salad with Buttermilk Dressing makes a perfect first course. Grilling lettuce and oranges brings their flavors to the forefront for major wow-factor. The avocados off-set the acidity and offer creamy richness.  And bacon adds that salty porky crunch that only bacon can provide.

Top this grilled romaine salad with a savory buttermilk dressing blended with McCormick Creole Jambalaya Seasoning Mix for that extra punch of irresistible flavor!

Grilled Romaine Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

This Grilled Romaine Salad with Buttermilk Dressing is one of the dishes I served at my McCormick Gourmet Dinner Party. Make sure to check out all the recipes HERE.

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Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Grilled Romaine Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Grilled Romaine Salad with Grilled Oranges, Avocado, Bacon and Creole Buttermilk Dressing


For the Buttermilk Dressing:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick Creole Jambalaya Seasoning Mix
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For the Grilled Romaine Salad:

  • 4 romaine hearts, cored and halved
  • 2 avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 4 small oranges, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1 cup chopped cooked bacon


  1. Preheat the grill to high. Whisk the ingredients for the dressing together until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Place the romaine hearts on the grill, cut side down. Grill for 1-2 minutes, then flip and grill the back side for 1-2 minutes. You're looking for dark grill marks and for the leaves to brighten in color.
  3. Grill the oranges for 1-2 minutes per side.
  4. To plate, place one halved romaine heart on each plate. Garnish with 2-3 slices of orange and avocado and sprinkle with bacon.
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the top and serve warm.

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11 Responses to “Grilled Romaine Salad with Buttermilk Dressing”

  1. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 18, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    I have never had grilled romaine! I need to remedy that :)


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    Ana Helena Campbell — May 18, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Your salad is so colorful! I love the grilling of the romaine and oranges idea. I have to try that soon. Thanks for sharing another great post!


  3. #
    Jeanette — May 18, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    I’ve never tried grilling romaine – but this sure does look fantastic!


  4. #
    Paula- bell'alimento — May 18, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    Love grilling the romaine. It’s perfect for National Salad Month too ; )


  5. #
    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — May 18, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    THis looks so fabulous and just screams summertime!


  6. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 19, 2012 @ 2:45 am

    Creamy avocado sounds fabulous with that buttermilk dressing and the crunchy romaine.


  7. #
    Jill~a SaucyCook — May 20, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    Love this salad and it just so happens that I have a whole bag of heirloom baby romaine heads! Thanks and I love the burlap napkins.


  8. #
    RisaG — May 21, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    what an interesting salad. Sounds good.


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    capturing joy with kristen duke — January 21, 2015 @ 1:33 pm

    YUMMM! Just pinned!


  10. #
    TidyMom — January 23, 2015 @ 7:48 am

    I love everything about this salad!



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