My Favorite Summer Salad

Last Summer, I had a bottle of Cilantro dressing from Trader Joe's, and wanted to enjoy some fresh corn. I was feeling creative, so I decided to make up a smoky grill flavored salad that was still crisp and refreshing. My experiments don't work very often, but since I made this it's been a favorite! 

Grilled Corn and Romaine Salad with Cilantro Dressing | DesignComb

This year, I decided to take things a little further, and make a dairy free home made version of the dressing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Creamy Dairy Free Cilantro Dressing | DesignComb
Grilled corn salad with dairy-free cilantro dressing | DesignComb

WHAT YOU NEED (serving size: 2)

Dairy Free Cilantro Dressing

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Lime (juiced)
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro
  • salt to taste
  • optional: 1 Jalapeño if you like some heat

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 heads of Romaine
  • 1 lime
  • 2 pieces of corn on the cob
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 TBS Coconut oil
  • Fresh black pepper (optional)


I recommend making the dressing first so that it can get cold in the fridge while you make the rest of the salad. Simply throw all of the ingredients into a blender until smooth!

For the salad, start by slicing your corn off the cob. Heat up an iron skillet or grill pan with coconut oil. Cook on medium-high until the corn starts to blacken (this gives the salad an amazing smoky flavor). Squeeze the juice of one lime into the corn mixture as it's cooking. I like to leave the lime in there as it cooks - it smells amazing.

Wash and rip up up your romaine while the corn is cooking. Toss with the dressing, as heavy or light as you like. Scoop a few big spoonfuls of corn into the center of the dish. Top with a few slices of avocado and some fresh black pepper.

Weekend Reads

I hope you had an amazing week! It's been a productive but exhausting one for me with a lot of changes coming along. One of which is this new column, Weekend Reads. My husband Rich is always sending me really interesting links, and I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of my favorites at the end of each week! So here we go...

Hand Lettered Envelope from Erik Marinovich's Skillshare class | DesignComb

A ring that vibrates when important people are calling... I might need to get this. I'm the one that everyone makes fun of but is also legitimately annoyed of, because I never answer my phone. Whoops.

"For every one household that collects art there are 37 with the same average income who don't..." Check out this article about how art will be for everyone in the future the way that music is today. Rich and I collect art, and even as artists/ designers it can be intimidating and overwhelming. I love the idea of a future that involves more accessible art.

I guess we're all set living in NYC, because 20 minutes of walking makes your brain significantly more active and releases endorphins. I see this happening with us a lot - we come up with our best ideas walking from place to place.

We recently got a subscription to Skillshare, and I've been soaking it up. I'm looking forward to taking this class on hand lettering envelopes. I think it'll be fun to send out to friends!

Speaking of Skillshare, I'm also currently in the middle of a productivity class since I find myself spending more time thinking about all of the things I need to get done than actually doing them. I'm using todoist to write down any to do item that comes to mind, and I'm planning on getting one of these bad boys to plan out my months (and keep it in front of my face so I don't forget).

Have a great weekend!