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This romaine salad is simple and stunning! It pairs the refreshing lettuce with creamy Green Goddess dressing and crunchy breadcrumbs.

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We’re always on the hunt for a great salad around here, and this one is simple and stunning. Try this refreshing Romaine Salad! The electric green of the romaine leaves, pastel dressing and delicate pink radishes have a fresh monochrome effect tastes as good as it looks. The Green Goddess Dressing smothers it all in herbaceous creaminess. Take it over the top with a sprinkle of crunchy breadcrumbs, an ingenious alternative to croutons. Great as a spring salad or in any season, you’ll be head over heels (we were).

Ingredients in this romaine salad

No matter how many salad recipes we make, we’re always on the lookout for those easy, go-to recipes that are versatile enough to pair with loads of meals. This romaine lettuce salad is that: a quick 5 minute dressing and a handful of components make salad magic. Here’s what you’ll need:

Romaine lettuce

For the dressing: a lighter Green Goddess

This Green Goddess dressing is a revelation: once you try it, it will become one of those go-to recipes you keep in your back pocket. This deliciously creamy dressing features loads of fresh herbs and optional anchovies for savory notes (just like a good Caesar dressing). Here are a few things that stand out about this dressing:

  • Uses Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Classic Green Goddess dressing is made with sour cream, but this one uses Greek yogurt as a great stand in! It has less calories than the standard, making it a solid healthy dressing for your repertoire. It also brings in extra tangy notes.
  • It takes just 5 minutes! Throw it all in a blender and whiz it up. It’s quick and easy for big flavor that’s loads better than store-bought.
Romaine lettuce salad

Italian Panko stands in for croutons

The best innovation for replacing croutons? Breadcrumbs on a salad! Lately we’ve been topping all our salads with a sprinkle of panko. It brings a crunchy texture that spreads out into every bite, and it’s so easy (and very shelf stable). Here are some notes on panko and Italian panko:

  • Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. It has a crunchy texture which is more satisfying on salads (breadcrumbs are much finer with almost a sand-like texture).
  • “Italian” means herbs and salt are added. You should be able to find Italian panko or panko easily at your local grocery store.
  • Only have plain panko? Mix ½ cup panko with ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon each dried basil and thyme).

And that’s it! We hope you love this romaine lettuce salad as much as we do: let us know in the comments below what you think of it.

Romaine Salad

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This romaine salad is one of our top salad recipes to pair with meals because it’s so versatile! Here are a few more favorites:

This romaine lettuce salad is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free panko or croutons. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, omit the Parmesan shavings and use Cilantro Sauce as a dressing.

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Romaine Salad

Romaine Lettuce Salad with Green Goddess


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This romaine salad is simple and stunning! It pairs the refreshing lettuce with creamy Green Goddess dressing and crunchy breadcrumbs.


Ingredients

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  • 2 romaine hearts (about 8 cups chopped)
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Green Goddess Dressing (or Cilantro Sauce for vegan)
  • ¼ cup Italian panko*
  • Parmesan shavings, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop the romaine hearts. Thinly slice the radishes and shallot.
  2. Make the Green Goddess Dressing.
  3. Place the romaine on salad plates or a large platter. Top with the sliced radishes, shallot, and Parmesan cheese shavings. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with Italian panko.

Notes

*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. It has a crunchy texture which is more satisfying on salads (breadcrumbs are much finer with almost a sand-like texture). “Italian” means herbs and salt are added. You should be able to find Italian panko or plain panko easily at your local grocery store (often they also sell gluten-free). If all you have is plain panko, you can season it: mix ½ cup panko with ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon each dried basil and thyme).

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!