Salad of Avocado & Romaine with Black Olive Dressing


John Willoughby helped to launch Cooks Illustrated, was executive editor at Gourmet and has authored several cookbooks, including Big Flavors of the Hot Sun, from which this salad was adapted for a March/April 1995 EatingWell story about olives. It's one of the favorites--chosen from more than 1,000 salad recipes--that we revisited in our 30th anniversary issue.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup pitted Kalamata or other brine-cured black olives, coarsely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Ground pepper to taste

  • 1 firm ripe avocado, thinly sliced

  • ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced

  • ½ head romaine lettuce, thinly sliced


  1. Whisk orange juice, oil, olives, garlic and sugar in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add avocado and onion; toss lightly to coat.

  2. Spread romaine on a serving platter. Top with the avocado mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

192 Calories
17g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 cups
Calories 192
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 776IU 16%
Vitamin C 13mg 14%
Folate 62mcg 15%
Sodium 268mg 12%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 20mg 5%
Potassium 484mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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