Grilled Romaine, Prawn, Avocado and Nectarine Salad with Jalapeno Honey Vinaigrette

Grilled Romaine, Prawn, Avocado and Nectarine Salad with Jalapeno Honey Vinaigrette

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OMG guys. Rough week. And it’s only Tuesday afternoon. Yesterday afternoon, I did something really, really bad to myself. I was busy in the kitchen and a knife (that I had just had sharpened- what luck!) slipped off the counter and fell blade down and went right through my Nike’s and into the base of my big toe. Um. It was not cool. THANK GOD my mom was right there when it happened and could take me to the hospital.

Grilled Romaine, Prawn, Avocado and Nectarine Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

I will spare you the details, but I had surgery this morning to repair the severed tendons and needless to say I have been better. I am cooped up off of my feet for a couple weeks, and the thought just about makes me berserk. So if you see me double time on instagram and pinterest and facebook, I guess you will know why. Or if sometimes the next weeks worth of posts seem a little wordy or koo-koo in content- it’s the meds talking.

Grilled Romaine, Prawn, Avocado and Nectarine Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

In happier news, I wanted to share this beautiful salad with you. I am overflowing with stone fruit these days, and have been adding it to everything, including this delicious grilled salad.

Grilled Romaine, Prawn, Avocado and Nectarine Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

I love that most of the elements, including the lettuce! Have been grilled and then there are just fresh pops of flavor from the nectarine and avocado. Plus the absolutely incredible Jalapeno Honey Vinaigrette. I could just eat that with a spoon. If you want to try something different with your salad this week, fire up the grill!


Recipe: Grilled Romaine, Prawn, Avocado and Nectarine Salad with Jalapeno Honey Vinaigrette


  • Jalapeno Honey Vinaigrette
  • 3 Romaine hearts
  • ½ red onion. Sliced into wedges
  • 9 prawns
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1 nectarine, sliced into wedges
  • 1 small avocado
  • Jalapeno Honey Vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon flat leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste


  1. First make the jalapeno honey vinaigrette. In the jar of a blender, combine the honey, jalapeno, garlic, parsley, vinegar and oil. Puree on high until smooth and then season to taste with kosher salt. Set aside.
  2. Heat a grill or grill pan to high.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the romaine, onions and prawns.
  4. Grill the lettuce for about 1 minute or until there is some char marks on the lettuce but it has not cooked until limp. Place them on a serving platter.
  5. Repeat with the red onions, cooking about 3 minutes on each side.
  6. Toss the oiled prawns with kosher salt. Place on the grill and cook until the prawns are just cooked through, about 1 minute on each side. Add the onions and the prawns to the salad.
  7. Add the nectarine slices and then spoon chunks of avocado out onto the salad too.
  8. Drizzle the Jalapeno Honey Vinaigrette over the salad and serve immediately.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

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  1. The salad sounds amazing, every ingredient in the title just made me crave it more…until that honey jalapeno vinaigrette…that just slayed me. I think I could slurp that up like soup!!

    • Thanks Sue! Glad it sound so great to you- and indeed that dressing is that good!!

  2. Heather!! I am so sorrrrrrrry about your foot and your surgery and I cannot even believe you’re blogging! How horrific and fluke-ish and I am so sorry. I can only imagine the pain. You’re in my thoughts, big time!

    The salad, totally gorgeous. Wow. Pinned of course!

  3. Oh no Heather! Sorry about your foot. Yikes. The whole thing sounds so scary! Get into some good Netflix series to help pass the time!

    This salad looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it!

    • Thank you Liz- Netflix sound like a perfect past time…

  4. Terry Covington says:

    So sorry to hear this, Heather. It sounds really painful, not to mention difficult when you have two little ones to care for. Sending good thoughts for a complete recovery. So glad your mom was there and could help you! (Yeah, Mom!)

  5. OMG, shut up!!! Are you okay?!! How are you blogging about grilled salad when a knife just went through your foot?!!! Get well soon love. xo

  6. Allison says:

    Oh my gosh! I hope you get well soon! So lucky your mom was there to get you help. Yikes! Sending well wishes via blogland!

    This salad looks insanely delicious!!! I’ve been a little hesitant to try grilled romaine because I wasn’t sure what “hot lettuce” would be like. THIS I can behind. Pairing it with all of those textures, flavours, and temperatures. Yum! I think that’s the secret! And the dressing -makin’ it! :)

  7. collette says:

    Oh My!! I have dropped my knife countless times, but to actually have it not only go right into your foot and do that kind of damage :( Oh…. how horrible! Thoughts and prayers with you for a quick healing!

  8. Naomi says:

    Ah, I hope you have a speedy recovery! This grilled salad-delish!

  9. Vicki B says:

    Oh my gosh, Heather, how horrifying! Thank goodness you still had a toe to have surgery on. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. This salad has an amazing mix of flavors. Easy to veggie-ize!

  10. Oh my gosh! That’s my biggest fear (I drop my knives all the time). I hope you’re okay and get better very soon!

    As for this dish though, delicious! And such a gorgeous presentation.

  11. Oh my goodness, you poor thing. So sorry – hope you recover quickly and the pain is minimal. This salad is just gorgeous, must try!

  12. You hit it out of the park with this salad, Heather. So sorry to hear about your knife mishap! All of us who are cooks have something like that happen at one point or another. I almost severed the top of my middle finger once while catering. I was just going to wrap it in a strip of dishtowel, shove my hand in a Playtex living glove and finish the job. Luckily, my client wisely suggested we go to the emergency room. And 19 stitches later……..

  13. omg so when i read that on facebook yesterday (your incident) – i completely flipped out and felt so horrible for you. that is one of my BIGGEST fears. like there have been some REALLY close calls but i’ve jumped back. i can’t imagine being in your position and i really hope you recover swiftly and quickly with not much pain!!! in other news – i need this at my dinner table! xoxoxo

  14. marla says:

    Loving the flavors in this salad!!

  15. Yikes. That is scary! I’ve dropped a few knifes before and just been lucky, I guess. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. xox

    Gorgeous salad!

  16. Maria says:

    Perfect season for a grilled salad!