smoky corn & grilled avocado romaine salad with chipotle-caesar dressing

We could eat fresh corn everyday during the height of it’s season so I’m always looking for different ways to prepare one of my favorite Summertime treats.  The past few weeks I’ve been adding grilled corn to the salads that I serve for dinner.  I pulled this salad recipe out of one of my ‘recipes to try’ files and decided that there is no better time to give this one a try.  As much as we love fresh corn, I think it was the look of the grilled avocados that caught my attention in this salad.  I also liked the idea of a caesar type dressing with chipotle peppers in adobo in place of the usual anchovies.  After trying the grilled avocados I did wonder why I had waited so long to prepare avocados this way.  They are simply delicious, of course- we’re talking about avocados here- and good looking with their grill marks.  I hope you’ll give this simple Summer salad a try and like me, you’ll want to grill avocados all Summer long.

smoky corn & grilled avocado romaine salad with chipotle-caesar dressing

Serving Size: 4 main course

Slightly adapted from Gourmet.


  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 ears of corn, shucked
  • 2 firm ripe avocados, cut in half before grilling
  • 1 head romaine, cut crosswise into 1" strips


  1. Prepare the grill for direct heat cooking.
  2. Make the dressing.
  3. Place the parmesan in a medium bowl, whisk in the olive oil, followed by the lime juice, garlic, chipotles and 1/4 teaspoon each sea salt and pepper.
  4. Coat corn and cut sides of avocados with vegetable oil, season with sea salt and pepper.
  5. Grill corn and avocados, cut sides down, turn the corn occasionally, cook until golden brown.
  6. Peel avocados and slice.
  7. Cut the corn kernels from the cobs.
  8. Toss the romaine with the dressing and serve topped with avocados and corn.

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  1. LOVING this salad Patty! Grilling the avocado – brilliant. The dressing sounds amazing. Enjoy watching the opening ceremonies tonight. I will be making this salad soon. Have a GREAT weekend!! :-)

  2. I am so all over this. If not together, its components all are fab. Grilled avocado? So fun! I adore corn too but this dressing is a must do as i”m getting so tired of the usual french vinaigrette I make almost nightly. Its settled. I’m making it tonight!

  3. Patty, this sounds amazing! I love avocados and corn in the summer (well all of the time, really). I have never actually grilled avocados though, sounds wonderful!

  4. The grilled avocados look so good and there’s definitely no shortage of flavor in the dressing. This is fit for a party, Patty. I’m never without avocados at home but I’ve never grilled them either–will have to surprise the hubs with this one.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. I love the grilled corn and avocado on this salad – what a good idea, Patty! The dressing sounds out of this world too. Have a great weekend! :)

  6. What a lovely summery salad Patty! I’ve seen people grilling avocado, and that’s something I got to do this summer. I love your chipotle dressing for the salad – goes well with avocado and corn! Not food related but I love this green color place mat /napkin set. :D Have a wonderful weekend Patty!

  7. Yummy! You grilled avocado? How awesome..never try that before!
    Great looking salad, Patty! Have a fun weekend!

  8. Okay, this salad just pushed the cupcakes aside. Lol:) I love how perfect the grill marks are on the avocados. This salad has so many Mexican flavors, so you know I love it:) Can’t wait to make it this weekend.

  9. gosh darn it Patty, I thought I had my weekend meals bought and planned, but it looks like I’m heading to the store… don’t think I have avocados… This is it – gotta be the best salad I have seed, cannot wait……have a great weekend…

  10. Corn and avocado…yes, I’m sold. This looks like the perfect summer salad and the grill marks on that avocado are just lovely!

  11. I love corn and avocado, so this is a perfect summer salad.

  12. Patty – I have has this salad on my mind ever since I saw it come through my feed earlier today.

  13. Now why haven’t I tried grilling my avocados??? It makes sense, yet it never occurred to me to do it! For sure, next time, I’ll be firing up my grill for avocados! Lovely salad, as usual, Patty!

  14. wow GRILLED AVOCADOS! They are just gorgeous! The salad must be very tasty.

  15. Looks summery and refreshing !

  16. It is so beautiful, I absolutely love this type of food! The grilling makes it look so appetizing.

  17. I always use avocados in our salads but I never thought of grilling them. Yours look so perfect! I will have to try serving them this way. Thanks Patty!

  18. This must be one of the most moreish salads i have seen in many a day, so beautifully plated! Love avocadoes, have cooked with them but never grilled. Living in Australia i find one thing out of kilt for me: you all say both corn and avocadoes are summer offerings. Corn of course is for us too, but THE avocado season begins in March/April [autumn] and lasts until spring: no use buying avos after about September. They are then imported with a huge carbon footprint, not nice in quality and double the price?????

    • pattysfood says:

      Thanks Eha, Avocado season in California, depending on the variety, runs from Spring through Fall- we are fortunate to have both corn and avocados available to us locally during our Summertime;-)

  19. This grilled avocado looks fantastic…I will try that also!

  20. I have SUCH a weakness for anything and everything chipotle. I bet I’d love that dressing!

  21. I love the look of the avocado too! The whole salad looks amazing.

  22. I love how green and summery and fresh this salad looks! The grill marks on the avocado and beautiful.

  23. Wow what an incredible salad. I’ve never grilled avocado but certainly just about everything else. I can’t wait to try this. I love all the ingredients in this recipe and combined I’m certain the flavor is sensational.

  24. A crazy weekend with lots of company has kept me from my computer! This salad looks amazing! Grilled Avocado sounds wonderful!

  25. I always try to sneak in some avocado in our salads but never thought of grilling them. I must try it!


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