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Ok – this dressing is my amalgamation of several recipes I looked at. I wanted to avoid using avocado in it so I could save that for grilling. I wanted to lighten it up with yogurt so that it wouldn’t be so rich and I added a huge jalapeno in a final moment of inspiration. The result? I was literally eating this stuff with a spoon. It is just ridiculous. I suspect this recipe is very forgiving & could stand a few ingredient substitutions if something in it doesn’t appeal to you or is hard for you to find. A vegan mayo could be used for both the mayo & yogurt portions to make this vegan. Beyond that – this is made simply by blending the ingredients in a food processor.
As to the grilled romaine & avocado – very easy if you have access to a grill. This salad is delicious & sort of unusual & an easy way to impress your less than culinary guests. My one issue was that I was starving last night (having only eaten two bowls of my Zero Calorie Pho all day) and I was impatient to eat it. Therefore – I failed miserably in getting a pretty photo of this salad. Please, do not be thrown by my poor documentation of the dish. It really is delicious!
Grilled Romaine & Avocado Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
For the grilled salad
Romaine lettuce, ends removed & halved
Avocados – peeled & halved
Tomatoes – diced (for garnish)
olive oil for grilling
For the dressing
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 TBS tahini
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 garlic clove
10 mint leaves
1 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1 TBS lemon juice
1 large jalapeno – seeded (optional but delicious!)
1 tsp pepper
1 TBS olive oil
salt to taste
Grated or shaved Parmesan
Blend all the dressing ingredients in a food processor.
Heat your grill to high. Brush olive oil on the cut side of the lettuce & avocado. Grill for a minute or two.
Place a wedge of grilled lettuce & half an avocado on each plate. Drizzle with dressing. Garnish with chopped tomatoes & Parmesan.