Salad with Grilled Vegetables and BBQ Ranch Dressing

This salad with grilled vegetables has pieces of Mexican Frying Cheese and a Barbecue Ranch Dressing that tastes of summer. This blog post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach who are also generously giving a Searing Grill to one of my lucky readers. Scroll down to enter.

Update: The giveaway has ended.

Grilled veggie salad with BBQ ranch
I think a salad a day keeps the doctor away. Or at least, I must think that since I have a salad for lunch almost every day.

I fill my plate with greens and then topple on bits of leftovers or canned salmon or chickpeas. Then I add whatever crunchy cold vegetables I find in my crisper drawer, like cucumber, carrots and celery.

But when I’m making a salad for real, when I’m not just throwing bits of whatever onto a plate, I take the opportunity to make the ingredients special.

For this salad I marinated the vegetables in a red wine vinegar mixture and then put them on my counter top Hamilton Beach Searing Grill. When they were done, I took them off and added some Mexican Frying Cheese.

Have you tried this stuff? You cut big slices of it and then put it in the frying pan or on the grill. It gets soft on the inside but doesn’t get goopey on the outside. So it doesn’t fall through the grill grates. The smokey rich grilled cheese adds so much to the salad.

The grilled veggies and cheese go onto a pile of greens. And then the dressing. Oh the dressing. It’s pretty amazing. And so easy. It’s a BBQ Ranch Dressing made by mixing together one part barbecue sauce with three parts ranch dressing. It still tastes like ranch but with this summer tang. This ratio works equally well with Italian dressing instead of ranch dressing, if you want to give that a try instead.

Grilled veggie salad with BBQ ranch

To get the recipe for the Salad with Grilled Vegetables and BBQ Ranch Dressing head over to the Hamilton Beach blog, Everyday Good Thinking.

And now you can enter here too when your own Hamilton Beach Searing Grill.

The Hamilton Beach Searing Grill is perfect for the times when my husband is monopolizing our outdoor grill and I want to make something quick for an appetizer. It’s also the perfect grill for those living in apartments that don’t allow outdoor grills, or for those who face snowy winter months, if you don’t want to have to shovel out your grill.

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Disclosure: I was paid by Hamilton Beach to develop a recipe for their blog Every Day Good Thinking, and to provide photography for the recipe. Today’s blog post on Cook the Story and the giveaway were optional. Hamilton Beach is providing the grill for the giveaway and sent me one for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

26 Responses to “Salad with Grilled Vegetables and BBQ Ranch Dressing”

  1. bob thompson — July 18, 2014 @ 10:15 pm (#)

    Whenever I need fresh veggies, I always check out They consistently provide me with the best tomatoes, peppers, onions and more!

  2. Kate F. — July 18, 2014 @ 4:37 pm (#)

    Who won the giveaway ?

  3. Harmony B — July 16, 2014 @ 4:11 am (#)

    Love to grill ham & pineapple kabobs

  4. Thomas Murphy — July 16, 2014 @ 12:47 am (#)

    I love to grill steak.

  5. Claire — July 15, 2014 @ 7:35 pm (#)

    I love to grill fresh salmon w/ lemon

  6. amanda — July 15, 2014 @ 5:26 pm (#)

    I’m easy- brats!!

  7. Amanda — July 15, 2014 @ 4:19 pm (#)

    This would be great for my brother who is in college!

  8. Amanda Sakovitz — July 15, 2014 @ 12:06 pm (#)

    I love to grill steak with a little salt and pepper.

  9. GB — July 14, 2014 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    I love to grill steaks w/ a BBQ marinade.

  10. Linda — July 14, 2014 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    I love to grill vegetables on the grill – especially eggplant, pepper and onions.

  11. Elena — July 12, 2014 @ 6:59 pm (#)

    I like grilled salmon with teriyaki glaze

  12. Lori K. — July 11, 2014 @ 11:58 pm (#)

    I love to grill chicken! Love the char taste on it! Especially BBQ chicken!

  13. Tina W — July 11, 2014 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    My favorite is probably grilled tri-tip, made with a dry rub. Ooooh, the sandwiches from the leftovers….. YUM!

  14. Heather — July 8, 2014 @ 9:46 am (#)

    I have learning to cook my entire meal on the grill! My favorite meal is marinaded chicken and fresh veggies!

  15. Linda S. — July 7, 2014 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    I love grilled vegetables, especially roast peppers.

  16. Elle — July 4, 2014 @ 3:32 pm (#)

    I love to grill fresh salmon.

  17. Katie — July 2, 2014 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    This sounds amazing!!! I love to grill flatbreads… I think I need to buy some of the cheese to give it a try.

  18. Tammy S — July 2, 2014 @ 11:11 am (#)

    My favorite grilling recipe is my husbands London Broil with his special rub and asparagus grilled with spices.

  19. sara@ health news — July 2, 2014 @ 4:24 am (#)

    Colorful and healthy one!Salad contains lot of health benefits.I shared some suggestion about preparing salad :

  20. Amber — July 1, 2014 @ 8:56 am (#)

    Yum! That salad looks amazing! I’ve been on a kebob kick – chicken or steak and tons of veggies :)

  21. Katerina — July 1, 2014 @ 3:48 am (#)

    This is a perfect salad Christine and now that I learned how to enjoy asparagus it is the perfect addition to it!

  22. kristy @ the wicked noodle — June 30, 2014 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    Oh man, that salad looks FANTASTIC!! My favorite thing to grill is pound cake but ribs & chicken are always a favorite, too. And burgers!! I guess I just love it all :)

  23. Becca from It's Yummi! — June 30, 2014 @ 9:25 am (#)

    This looks SO delicious! My favorite recipe on the grill is cedar plank salmon!

  24. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — June 30, 2014 @ 9:25 am (#)

    Love grilling vegetables in the summertime – this looks so good Christine!

  25. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens — June 30, 2014 @ 8:22 am (#)

    This is just gorgeous! I love grilled veggies, and combining them atop a salad with that insanely alluring cheese is genius! Oh – and then a BBQ ranch dressing, too!?!? Yes, please! Sounds so amazing! :D


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