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Glowing Grilled Summer Detox Salad

21 reviews / 4.8 average

The get-out-the-grill, stock-up-on-summer-produce, Detox Salad days are upon us! With tons of fresh tomatoes, grilled romaine, shrimp, avocado and cilantro and lime, and I couldn't love it more.

Avocados and cucumbers! tomatoes and bell peppers!

Grilled corn and romaine and little skewers of shrimp!

Herbs and salt and citrus!


Gang's all there, like all of it together in a bowl making dreams come true. It's too good to be real life, almost. Especially considering that not only is this a flavor-texture-color rainbow of delight, but it is healthy healthy healthy and will bring on your summer glow.

You know how summer is. Repeat nights of patio-lounging too late with friends, or the week-long trip up to the cabin, or any other warm weather situation wherein drinks, chips, and dips were all you ever really needed... until the moment you started to feel a little overdone on the salt and carbs, and then suddenly they weren't all you needed anymore.

Salad in a bowl with shrimp and lime.

One thing though: even when you were ready to graduate from the Chips And Dip Lifestyle, you still needed food that tasted good. Always, guys. It always needs to taste good because we do not compromise on our core values. Promise me right now that you will not compromise.

So then you bought some good sturdy romaine hearts, and maybe shrimp or maybe chicken or maybe neither, and a bunch of other colorful veggies from the farmers market, and you opened up that grill. (A word on using corn for your veggies: grilling corn is easier than you think).

Creamy avocado cilantro dressing with a jalapeño thrown in for good measure, a blend of grilled chopped food and raw chopped food, and you soaking in the glow of summer. This is June's finest hour.

Can we talk briefly about how uninspiring romaine lettuce is -> UNLESS GRILLED? I could literally just eat salted grilled lettuce straight for a meal. This sounds so shady, I know it, but my friends Alex and Sonja taught me the ways of grilled romaine a few summers ago and I haven't gone back since.

Grilled Romaine.
Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Cilantro Dressing.
Cilantro Dressing.

Also, just in case we needed another reason to make large vats of avocado cilantro dressing in the months of June, July, and August, we have it right here. Brushed on top of those little skewers of shrimp? UGH too perfect.

Truth, guys - we eat this on the reg for a good summer reset. And also for a chance for me to sit on the patio and have a white wine spritzer while supervising the grill situation. S/o to bae for his grill mastery.

Detox salad for the win - say hello to the Happiest Glow Food for the skin, body, and summer soul!

I mean, wasn't life just MADE for summer? Mwah, mwah, mwah.

Salad in a bowl with a drizzle of cilantro dressing.
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Detox Summer Salad in a bowl with fork.

Best Detox Grilled Chopped Salad


Glowing Grilled Summer Detox Salad: SUPER healthy meets OMG yummy! with grilled romaine, lime, tomato, cucumber, avocado, corn, shrimp, and cilantro dressing.


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For The Grill:

  • 3 ears fresh sweet corn, husked
  • 4 hearts Romaine lettuce
  • 1 lb. jumbo tail on shrimp (use more for a higher shrimp-to-veg ratio)
  • lime juice, olive oil, and salt

Other Salad Stuff:


  1. Salad Prep: Make the avocado cilantro dressing. Chop the tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Set aside about 1/3 cup dressing to brush on the shrimp while grilling.
  2. Grilling: Heat the grill to medium high heat. Brush the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Wrap in foil. Wash and dry the romaine, cut in half lengthwise keeping the stem intact, and brush with olive oil and salt. Thread the shrimp onto skewers for easy grilling. Brush with olive oil, lime, and salt. Grill times: corn (wrapped in foil) for 20-25 minutes, turning every 5 minutes // lettuce (directly on the grill) for about 5 minutes // shrimp (directly on the grill) for about 5 minutes. Brush the reserved dressing onto the shrimp as it grills for extra yummy flavor.
  3. Assembly: Cut the stem off the romaine and loosely chop it up. Cut the corn off the cob. Toss everything together with dressing.


Nutrition information does not include dressing. 

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: grilled salad, salad recipe, chopped salad, avocado dressing, shrimp salad

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Soooo can’t wait to make this!! With bathing suit season in full swing it’s nice to have some healthy food to make you feel good 🙂

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      And I mean, with bathing suit season upon us who wants to spend extra && on Spanx products too. Okay, me. Especially when they are on clearance. And yes, I’m ready to graduate from chips and dip, at 37, you’re metabolism slows to zero! Seriously. I read that in the paper. And that’s why The Biggest Loser contestants typically don’t keep the weight off. So this healthy spin sounds fab and scrumptious.

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    I almost cannot believe that this is a detox salad, it looks so good and sinful!
    I have all the ingredients right on hand, this might have to be my new go-to!
    Also, I agree, never sacrifice flavor!

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    I had my first taste of grilled Romaine last month. At first, I thought someone had lost their mind. Who grills lettuce. Then, I tasted it and I understood WHY someone chose to throw lettuce on the grill.

    This combination looks great. I will have to try it.

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    This sounds incredible! I so need a salad right now. The picture you paint of sitting outside watching the grill makes me want to drop everything I’m doing atm and be outside!

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    With all the detox fads out there it is really nice to find a recipe that looks yummy and we can see is healthy.
    I love this idea and cannot wait to make it when I go to the countryside!
    Lots of Love,

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    I love grilled romaine, too! Although, I’ve started mixing half grilled with half fresh so the salad still has that romaine CRUNCH.

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        Thank you! Being in the midwest, I have to buy most shrimp frozen and it seems to usually be already out of the shell. I did find some at the store yesterday, but it was full-shell with legs, etc. It grilled up wonderfully, and the dressing was amazing! Thank you!

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    I’m really into Detox recently and I love shrimps! This recipe is just perfect! Can’t wait to taste it. 😀

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks delish! How does it hold up? Is it something that could be made ahead, or should it be eaten immediately?

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    YUM, I did not notice how high in protein this salad is–gotta love the shrimp, hehe! Summer vegetables are my favorite too! I just can never get enough of the abundance of tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, Romaine and so much more!

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    I love your site! Been trying to go into this healthy trend, eating more salads than ever! A good guidance for me has been following recipes online, to become more creative; Barilla Restaurants for example show some very very good options, easy to cook and delicious results!

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    You know, this salad sounds great, but I really hate the use of the word “detox”. I know it’s popular, but it isn’t scientifically based even though it sounds like it is. That feels misleading. I’d really encourage you to switch back to a better adjective like “healthy” or even “skinny”. Probably less SEO grab that way, but way, way, way more realistic.

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    This is seriously delicious! I had never grilled romaine, either, and….well, only half of it made it into the salad ’cause I couldn’t stop eating it. I added red pepper flakes to the oil mixture I brushed the veg with and a dash of cayenne to the dressing. We loved it…thanks for sharing!

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    Hello there from Germany 🙂
    Dear Lindsay,
    I really love visiting your blog, the recipes are really inspiring and I’ve tried out some of them already! Plus I think the pictures are really beautiful – by the way where do you get this awesome ceramic plates from? Everything just looks so much more yummy on them!
    I have a question / idea / please please please help me:
    I work full-time in a big company and don’t have much time to go grocery shopping / cook every day but I set some time aside on the weekend to prepare some salads as work lunches and usually finish them up in the evening for the next day or in the morning. The truth is, I usually end up making the same mixture of tomato+green lettuce+ whatever I have left over. And then I come to your blog and find all those awesome salad recipes and I think, damn why didn’t I think of buying all these things on the weekend and preparing some of them to take to work. And when I do try out something different sometimes, like putting chickpeas or black beans in my salad, I usually use them twice as a side dish and the rest of the can ends up going bad in the fridge. It would be soooo cool if you could make some posts about meal planning and make suggestions what to make each day, how to use the leftovers of the dishes and what to buy in the supermarket. That would be really helpful!!

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    What a great post! I love these types of recipes, I try every single one I come across. And this one looks so delicious! I’m totally trying it this weekend. Thanks so much!

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    This is delicious – we had this for Labor Day dinner. It is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer. And that dressing……

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    Yummo! We enjoyed this for dinner on Sunday and the left over dressing for the next couple of days. This will become a regular in our house 😉👏🏻👌🏻

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    This was dinner tonight. Our Son was grill master & Hubby was great helping to chop everything. It was SO GOOD! We all gave it an A+

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      What kind of dressing would you recommend for someone like me who is ALLERGIC to avocados. Yes seriously. It’s a bummer.