Homemade Dill Ranch Salad with Bib Lettuce, Grapefruit and Avocado

I'm currently obsessed with salads. I love this salad in particular because it's got this fresh citrus taste with a surprising twist. It's easy to make but looks amazing when it's prepared. You can even make ahead the dill dressing and keep it in your fridge all summer long! It's a great balance of flavors making it the perfect summer dish!

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Homemade Dill Ranch Salad with Bib Lettuce, Grapefruit and Avocado

making your own dill ranch salad dressing with tips

Making your own dressing

Making your own dressing can feel a little intimating but it really is very easy. Once you try your hand at it once or twice, you'll gain more confidence and feel ready to make your own variations.

Making your own dressing will only take a few minutes and this homemade dill ranch dressing is perfect for dressing salads, dipping veggies or for a sauce for chicken bites or wings.

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Some tips for making your own dill ranch dressing

You want your dill ranch dressing to be thin enough to pour smoothly, but not liquid that it's watered down. You can substitute the milk in this recipe for sour cream if you want.

If your dressing becomes thick as it sits in the fridge, you can add some milk until you reached your desired consistency.

This dressing tastes better if you make it and refrigerate it. I like it when all of the flavors have time to marinate together.

When in doubt, add more dill!

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Homemade Dill Ranch Salad with Bib Lettuce, Grapefruit and Avocado

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Author: Rachel Teodoro
Delicious and fresh bib lettuce salad with homemade Dill ranch dressing. The grapefruit and avocado will be a surprise burst of flavors that will leave you feeling refreshed!


Dressing Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Mayo
  • 1/2 Cup full fat coconut milk, soy milk or milk.
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs fresh dill, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh chives, minced


How to cook Homemade Dill Ranch Salad with Bib Lettuce, Grapefruit and Avocado

Dressing Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar and store for at least 2 hours or up to 7 days.
Salad Ingredients
  1. 1-2 heads bib lettuce, washed, drained and torn into bite size pieces
  2. 1 large grapefruit, peeled and cut into segments
  3. 1 avocado, sliced
  4. Cucumber, 2oz sliced thin
  5. 3-4 radishes, sliced thin
  6. 1 tbs sunflower seeds
  7. Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing
Salad Instructions
  1. Keep all ingredients cold until serving. Do not toss the salad together. Instead, plate individually.
  2. In individual bowls, layer bib lettuce, cucumber, and radishes.
  3. Top with 4-5 grapefruit segments and 4-5 avocado slices.
  4. Sprinkle set salad with a pinch of salt, and add about 1 tsp sunflower seeds to each.
  5. Serve with Dill Ranch, either drizzled on top or on the side.
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Want to add protein to your salad?

This salad would be great with some smoked or grilled salmon. This parmesan crusted salmon recipe is a great one to try in the summer, and then you can use the leftovers the next day to serve in this salad.

Get the recipe for low-carb parmesan crusted salmon!

Homemade Dill Ranch Salad with Bib Lettuce, Grapefruit and Avocado

Some more ideas for salad variation:

  • Try spinach instead of bib lettuce
  • Substitute the dill dressing for a citrus vinaigrette
  • Add in blue cheese and red onions 
  • fresh cracked pepper is like the cherry on top!
Toss all of this together for a flavorful summer salad you are going to want to make on repeat all summer long!

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