Grilled Romaine Salad

Creamy Grilled Romaine Salad

With tandoori chickpeas and a creamy tahini dressing, this Creamy Grilled Romaine Salad recipe is anything but ordinary. If you’ve never tried grilled salad before, start with this one!

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Grilled Romaine Salad
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Creamy Grilled Romaine Salad

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 2
Calories: 479kcal
Author: Gina Fontana


  • 1 large head romaine lettuce , stem still attached
  • 1 (15-ounce/425-gram) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) tandoori masala spice
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) grapeseed oil or olive oil
  • Pinch kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 avocado , sliced
  • Golden raisins (or regular raisins), if desired
  • Parmesan cheese or vegan Parmesan , for garnish

For the Creamy Tahini Dressing:

  • ¼ cup (60 g) tahini
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup (120 mL) milk of choice (I suggest plant-based milk; I used flax milk)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) lemon juice
  • Pinch kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Let them dry on a paper towel while you prepare the dressing. Blend all dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  • Toss the chickpeas in a bowl with oil, tandoori masala spice, and salt, then bake in the oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, grill the romaine lettuce and avocado either on the grill outside, or you can use a skillet with about a tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Once the romaine starts to char a bit, transfer to a plate and top with tandoori chickpeas, grilled avocado, and golden raisins. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with some creamy tahini dressing.


Nutrition Facts
Creamy Grilled Romaine Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 763mg22%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1465IU29%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 134mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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