Simple Creamy Butter Lettuce Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

Sunday, December 28, 2014 0 0

This Creamy Butter Lettuce Salad is wonderfully light and simple – perfect to bring in the new year. I don’t know about you, but I’ve eaten my share of sweets over the holidays!

 Toasted Pine Nuts

J and I served this salad as part of my mom’s birthday dinner over the holidays – we treated her to a homemade dinner where she didn’t have to lift a finger! It was J and my first time cooking dinner for 11 people, and it went off without a hitch! This Simple Creamy Butter Lettuce salad was an easy contributor to the success of the meal – it pairs well with just about any dish! We served it with Chicken Marbella and Roasted Maple Carrots (recipes to come!).

Simple Creamy Butter Lettuce Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

I hope all your Christmases were lovely! Thank you for all the love and support in 2014 – I can’t wait to ring in 2015! J also turns 30 on Dec 31, so it’s going to be an extra fun one!

Creamy Basil Dressing

Simple Creamy Butter Lettuce Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts
Serves 4
A simple, classic salad - the buttermilk makes the dressing creamy with a hint of tartness. A great starter salad before your meal.
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  1. 1 egg yolk
  2. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  3. 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  4. 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  5. 1/2 cup canola oil (you could also use extra virgin olive oil, but be sure it's one with a mild flavour)
  6. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  7. 2 heads butter lettuce
  8. 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
For the dressing
  1. In a food processor or blender, add the egg yolk, mustard, basil, and vinegar and puree. Slowly add 1/8 cups of the canola oil, blending between each addition. Add the buttermilk and mix it in.
For the salad
  1. Wash and drain the butter lettuce. You can either leave the lettuce leaves whole, but I like to tear them into bite-size pieces. In a large bowl, toss the lettuce with the dressing and toasted pine nuts. Serve.
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Lunch - Butter Lettuce Salad with Hummous and Pea Shoots on a Rice Cake

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