Grilled Romaine Salad + Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Grilled Romaine Avocado Heart Salad with Poppyseed DressingFor Valentines Day (and every other day you could use a little love) we’re serving up Grilled Romaine Salad with Creamy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing and Avocado Hearts! 

Grilled Romaine Salad + Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing and Avocado Hearts! #valentinesday

I’m a big fan of grilled romaine salad.

You place romaine lettuce on a hot grill until char marks form, so you get a crisp yet wilted, cool yet hot effect. Have you tried it?

You really should.

Easy Grilled Romaine Salad + Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing and Avocado Hearts! #valentinesday

We’re still doing our best to focus on light healthy dishes for the new year. However, the Valentine treats I see in every shop window are calling my name.

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It’s not that I can’t say no to chocolate. (Ok, maybe I can’t.) Yet even more than that, I like foods that are served in cute shapes. Don’t judge.

Hearts make me smile.

Vibrant Grilled Romaine Salad + Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing and Avocado Hearts! #valentinesdayHeritage Collection from QSquared.

Another thing that makes me smile are pretty dishes. I absolutely love this crack-resistant resin dinnerware from QSquared NYC. So many beautiful patterns, you have to check them out!

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing and Avocado Hearts! #valentinesday

Besides grilled romaine and super-cute avocado hearts, I added pomegranate arils for perky sweetness, toasted pecans for nutty crunch, and a creamy homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing that makes the other ingredients in the salad really shine.

This Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing is so simple to make, you just dump everything in a jar and shake it. It’s cool, sweet, and tangy. Perfect for drizzling over crisp romaine.

Making Grilled Romaine Salad + Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing and Avocado Hearts! #valentinesday

Ok, we’ve got grilled romaine. Check!

Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing. Check!

Cute avocado hearts. Check!

Toasted pecans and fresh pomegranate arils, for color and contrast. Check! Check!

You are on your way to salad euphoria…

Avocado Hearts! #valentinesday

If you need help with separating the pomegranate arils, check out our pomegranate tutorial.

If you don’t have an itty-bitty heart shaped cookie cutter for the avocados, no problem!

Cut a strip of card-stock paper, fold it in half, and tape the open end.  Then press one end down toward the other to form a heart. Above I used several disposable paper heart cutters to cut my avocados. You can use each one a couple times on each end before tossing and grabbing another paper heart cutter.

I actually prefer using paper cutters when possible because you can make them any size you want, and adjust the width for skinny or fat hearts.

Grilled Romaine Salad with Avocado Hearts! #valentinesday

So no excuses.

You need to make this Grilled Romaine Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing, and fast. It’s so crunchy, creamy, sweet, and nutty, your mouth will want to send you a Valentine.

Grilled Romaine Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing and Avocado Hearts! #valentinesday

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17 comments on “Grilled Romaine Salad + Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

  1. Jenny Flakeposted January 21, 2015 at 8:58 am Reply

    Oh my gosh those heart avocados!! Cutest ever!!

  2. lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted January 21, 2015 at 9:41 am Reply

    I adore grilled romaine!! And OMG on these avocado hearts!!

  3. Amandaposted January 21, 2015 at 10:34 am Reply

    Love the avocado hearts! So cute :)

  4. Heather Christoposted January 21, 2015 at 10:57 am Reply

    really pretty salad Sommer- love those avocado hearts!!

  5. graceposted January 21, 2015 at 12:20 pm Reply

    heart-shaped avocado chunks? you’re my new hero! :)

  6. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted January 21, 2015 at 12:42 pm Reply

    Those avocado hearts are too cute!! Lovely salad!

  7. naomiposted January 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm Reply

    I love the hearts! cute food rules – always.

  8. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted January 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm Reply

    Those are the cutest avocado hearts ever. Yeah, grilled romaine is the best. Love this recipe. Pinned.

  9. Gabyposted January 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm Reply

    This is my kind of salad! Love the avocado hearts!

  10. Stephanie @ Long Distance Bakingposted January 21, 2015 at 5:45 pm Reply

    This is the cutest salad ever!! Such a fun idea. I love it!

    Rating: 5
  11. Mariaposted January 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm Reply

    What a delicious way to spread the love!

  12. Tieghanposted January 21, 2015 at 11:28 pm Reply

    Love those avocado hearts!!

    Rating: 5
  13. marlaposted January 22, 2015 at 8:46 am Reply

    I’m so involve with those avocado hearts!! Beautiful + healthy salad!

  14. Betty Lynneposted January 22, 2015 at 9:20 am Reply

    I’m on board with the avocado love train but the dressing is calling my name too! Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted January 22, 2015 at 11:13 am Reply

    Oh, my gosh…those heart avocados are so cute!!! Love love love this!!!

  16. Juliana Waltersposted January 22, 2015 at 7:22 pm Reply

    DARLING!

    Rating: 5
  17. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeatposted January 26, 2015 at 2:33 pm Reply

    I love the combo of olive oil and Greek yogurt in your dressing. Very light and healthy!

    Rating: 5