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The title of this post just doesn’t cover it. I know it’s good to be brief, but what I really want to call this is Butter Lettuce Salad with Creamy Meyer Lemon Dressing, Hazelnuts, Pecorino and Mint. But, wait – there are chives too! Never mind.

Butter Lettuce Salad served on a gray oval platter.

With so many flavors and textures every bite can be different. And in this particular combination, no one flavor overtakes the whole. The Meyer lemon and sour cream make a light, silky dressing. The pecorino is salty and buttery; the mint and carrots are fresh and sweet; the butter lettuce and hazelnuts add crunch.

This is the kind of salad that can be a meal in itself – especially if you pair it with some crusty bread and a glass of wine or prosecco, which I highly recommend. For a heartier meal, pair it with anything you’re grilling: Chicken Kabobs, Grilled Chicken Thighs, Grilled Lamb Chops or Lamb Kabobs, Spicy Grilled Shrimp, and Grilled Cauliflower Steaks are all good options.

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Butter Lettuce Salad

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Calories: 157
Servings: 4 people
It’s worth it to look for a Meyer lemon for this dressing, but If you can’t find one, substitute with the juice of half a standard lemon mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of honey.

Ingredients  

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • juice of one small Meyer lemon
  • 1 ounce finely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the salad:

  • 5 ounces butter lettuce leaves washed, dried and torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 carrot shaved into thin ribbons
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 ounces toasted hazelnuts coarsely chopped
  • several shavings Pecorino Romano cheese

Instructions 

  • To make the dressing, whisk together sour cream, lemon juice, cheese and chives. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour into the bottom of a large salad bowl. Add butter lettuce leaves and toss until leaves are coated with dressing.
  • Transfer dressed lettuce to serving platter. Top with remaining ingredients and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3995IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Valentina says:

    I took a menu writing class in culinary school and we learned that the title should be a good description of what’s in the dish. This was a long time ago and now as you said, it’s all about being brief, but my first instinct is to give recipes super long names listing all of their delicious contents. Speaking of not being brief, moving on . . . what a beautiful salad — the carrot ribbons pop and I love it. And I’m currently obsessed with Pecorino. (We just got back from Tuscany and had enjoyed it daily!) 🙂 ~Valentina

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I’m a bit jealous that you just got back from Tuscany, Valentina! Thanks so much for your sweet comment.