butter lettuce salad

This butter lettuce salad is layered with crisp radishes, sliced avocado, craggily pecorino breadcrumbs and a simple honey mustard dressing.

  • Author: Indi Hampton
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Tossed
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


honey mustard vinaigrette

  • 1 tbsp minced shallot, minced
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard 
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh soft herbs (such as chives, parsley, tarragon)

butter lettuce salad

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh sourdough bread crumbs (can substitute panko, if desired)
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Pecorino
  • 2 heads butter lettuce, leaves separated, washed and patted dry
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced


honey mustard vinaigrette

  1. Combine shallot and white wine vinegar in a glass jar and let sit a few minutes.
  2. Stir in honey mustard, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add olive oil and shake the jar until thick and emulsified. Add herbs and shake to combine. Taste and adjust with more salt and pepper if needed.

butter lettuce salad

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until starting to dry and turn golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in cheese. Cook, tossing and stirring as cheese sputters, melts into breadcrumbs and becomes crispy and deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool completely.
  3. Cut or tear the lettuce into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl. Toss with just enough dressing to lightly coat. Arrange radishes and avocado slices on top and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Serve with any remaining dressing on the side.


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