Grilled Romaine Salad with Chicken, Corn and Salsa Dressing

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Grilled Romaine Salad with Chicken, Corn and Salsa Dressing, an EASY 15-minute main dish salad you’ll want to make all summer long!

Grilled Romaine, Corn and Chicken Salad with Salsa Dressing, an EASY 15-minute main dish salad you'll want to make all summer long!
Grilled Romaine Salad with Chicken

When the weather is warm, all I want is salad! You can see all my salad recipes here from side salads to main dish salads. This Grilled Romaine Salad with Chicken is delicious and substantial as a main dish.

Lettuces do nicely on the grill, softening slightly at their centers and charring beautifully at their tips. Years ago, I recall the first time I tried a grilled Romaine salad out in Monterey, California when it first became popular. It’s pretty common now days, I see many recipes online and even in some restaurants. For this salad, fresh heads of romaine lettuce are split down the middle and grilled until slightly charred and smoky, along with fresh corn and skinless chicken thighs. Finally, it’s topped with tomatoes, onions, avocado and a simple salsa vinaigrette.

Easy Salsa Vinaigrette

The dressing couldn’t be any easier, made with just 3 ingredients. Take some leftover jarred salsa and whisk in a little olive oil and lime juice!

Grilled Romaine, Chicken and Corn Salad with Salsa Vinaigrette-3

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An EASY 15-minute dish you'll want to make all summer long! Fresh heads of romaine lettuce are split down the middle, grilled until slightly charred and smoky, along with fresh corn and skinless chicken thighs, then topped with tomatoes, onions, avocado and a simple salsa vinaigrette.
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Grilled Romaine, Corn and Chicken Salad with Salsa Dressing

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288 Cals 25 Protein 17 Carbs 14.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
CUISINE: American
Grilled Romaine, Corn and Chicken Salad with Salsa Dressing, an EASY 15-minute dish you'll want to make all summer long!

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup jarred mild salsa
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lime

For the chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (4 oz each), trimmed of fat
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin

For the grilled salad:

  • 2 corn on the cobs, husks removed
  • 2 romaine hearts
  • olive oil spray
  • 4 oz avocado, 1 small hass sliced
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • pinch of kosher salt

Instructions

  • Combine the salsa, olive oil and lime juice; set aside.
  • Season the chicken.
  • Light the grill to medium heat. Remove any tired outer leaves from the romaine, then halve each head vertically. Place on a large platter and spray cut sides with olive oil spray. Lightly spray corn with olive oil.
  • Place chicken and corn on the grill and cook, until cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side, until the chicken is cooked through and the corn is tender. Remove and place on a cutting board.
  • Grill romaine close to the heat source over high, cut side down about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove.
  • Slice the chicken into strips, cut the kernels off the corn and serve over Romaine with avocado, tomatoes, onions, salt and dressing on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad (1/2 corn, 1 oz avocado, 1 thigh, 2 1/2 tbsp dressing, Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 14.5g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 108mg, Sodium: 521mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 4g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 7
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 7
Keywords: Grilled Romaine Salad

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15 comments

  1. I never would’ve thought to grill lettuce, but it works really well with the corn and other veggies. I topped with cotija cheese.

  2. This was insanely good!! I also did grilled chicken breast and just rubbed it down with Morroccan Spices from a different dish. Delicious, fresh and very filling. Will definitely be making this again.

  3. That looks so good!! Going to make it this weekend! I truly love your recipes!! Thanks, Rhonda

  4. Looks great!  I plan on making as is today since we are out for the summer.  I am wondering about the grilled lettuce when I go back to work at the end of summer.  If I take this for lunch, how long will the grilled lettuce last?  Should I skip grilling the lettuce?

  5. I’ve made this a few times – so yummy! I bought medium spicy salsa and added a bit of plain 0% yogurt, instead of olive oil  for creamy dressing. 
    Also added  some grilled Halloumi 1oz = 3 smart points. Served each person 1/2 ounce

  6. I made this last night for myself, but used chicken tenderloins instead of thighs since the store didn’t have any boneless thighs.. and it was delicious! It was the first time I had avocado, and it may be an acquired taste by itself but I found if I ate it with chicken or salsa it wasn’t too bad. I think I may see how it does as a mason jar salad, so I can have it for lunch all week!

  7. Made this today-easy and delicious! 

  8. Perfect for summer…can’t wait to try…simple, no fancy ingredients, a winner!  Thanks for including light delicious recipes.  Living in Palm Springs area by dinner time tonight temps will reach 115…

  9. What would the points value be by using boneless, skinless chicken breast? Don’t like thighs.

  10. looks delish, how will it affect the smart points if I use chicken breast instead of thighs.

  11. This takes a lot longer on a charcoal grill…