Butter Lettuce Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

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Butter Lettuce Salad is tender butter lettuce, creamy avocado and crisp radish tossed in a tangy lemon dijon dressing.  It’s clean eating at its best! 

front shot of butter lettuce salad in white serving bowl

This Butter Lettuce Salad has been scheduled to post today for a while to celebrate the first day of spring, but the past few days I wondered if I should share it after all. 

There’s so much going on in the world right now that I wondered if people would even care about trivial things like new recipes.  I for one have felt unmotivated and unable to focus, and I’m uneasy about what the future holds.

I decided that I need to work.  It provides me with a sense of normalcy amidst all the chaos, and most importantly it brings me joy. 

I hope you find inspiration in the recipes that I share, and I will do my best to share recipes that will be easy to prepare during this time when going to the store is so difficult. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to let me know what type of recipes that you’d find useful right now or with any questions that you might have.

This butter lettuce salad is so perfect for spring, and luckily there’s an abundant of produce in the store right now despite the crazy times we’re living in!

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Why you’ll love this butter lettuce avocado salad recipe:

  • Tender butter lettuce, crisp radishes and creamy avocado are a wonderful contrast of textures.  Chopped chives lend a delicate onion flavor, and the lemon dijon dressing adds a savoriness and makes the flavors pop.
  • There are only (4) ingredients in the salad, and (3) in the dressing.  It’s beyond easy to make!
  • This is clean eating at its best.  It’s great for Whole30, paleo, keto, vegan, dairy free, gluten free and low FODMAP diets!
  • This salad is simple yet elegant, making it perfect for every day and entertaining.
  • Butter lettuce, radish, chives and dressing may be prepped ahead.  For best results, assemble and dress the salad just before serving.

What is butter lettuce?

Butter lettuce, also known as Bibb or Boston lettuce, is soft and tender with a mild, sweet flavor. 

The heads of lettuce are round shaped with loosely packed leaves that are easy to remove intact, making them perfect to use for low carb wraps for turkey burgers, chicken lettuce wraps, and more!

This type of lettuce often comes packaged as Living butter lettuce.  It cannot be replanted, but the attached roots preserve freshness and nutrition.  Live butter lettuce will keep for about 3-4 days unwashed.

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Butter lettuce salad ingredients

These ingredients are easily accessible.  If you don’t have chives on hand, sub with green onions.

  • Head of Butter lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Radish (I used a combination of watermelon and red radish)
  • Chives
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How to make this Butter Lettuce Salad recipe:

This recipe is extremely easy to make, and most of it may be done in advance.

  • Prep the butter lettuce.  Wash the lettuce and allow to drain in a colander.  Blot dry gently with a towel or paper towels, then tear into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl.
  • Slice the radish and chop the chives.  This may be done an hour or two in advance.
  • Slice or chop the avocado.  This should be done immediately before serving as avocado oxidizes or browns quickly.
  • Prepare the dressing.  Add the olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard and salt and pepper to taste to a mason jar.  Fasten the lid and shake vigorously until emulsified.  This may be done up to a day in advance.
  • Assemble the salad.  Place all ingredients in a large serving bowl and toss gently with the desired amount of dressing.  Serve immediately.

overhead shot of butter lettuce salad with wooden servers

Recipe Notes:

  • I used a combination of watermelon and red radish for color.  Easter egg radishes are also a great choice.  See my produce guide on Radish to learn more.
  • You may prep the lettuce ahead, but salad is best served immediately.
  • Green onions may be subbed with chives.
  • Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes to soften, then shake well.

Front close up shot of butter lettuce salad with wooden servers

See all of my Salad recipes.

Additional salad recipes you’ll love:

Cobb salad by Delish

Horiatiki

Massaged kale salad

Santa fe chicken salad

Strawberry salad

Butter Lettuce Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Butter Lettuce Salad is tender butter lettuce, creamy avocado and crisp radish tossed in a tangy lemon dijon dressing.  It's clean eating at its best!

front shot of butter lettuce salad in white serving bowl

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 head butter lettuce, washed, patted dry and torn
  • 1 large avocado, chopped
  • 4 radishes, sliced*
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

For the dressing:

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the butter lettuce, avocado, radish and chives in a large serving bowl.
  2. Place the olive oil, dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste in a mason jar. Fasten the lid and shake vigorously until emulsified.
  3. Pour the desired amount of dressing over the salad (you probably won't need it all), and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • *I used a combination of watermelon and red radish for color. Use your favorite!
  • You may prep the lettuce ahead, but salad is best served immediately.
  • Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes, then shake well.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 183mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made. This information contains all of the dressing, though you probably won't need it all.

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