As spring sets in upon the ranch I find myself craving lighter meals like salads, but I also find that made at home salads can become monotonous and frankly boring. That’s why I love this Butter-Lettuce salad with an Avocado-Buttermilk dressing. The dressing is easily whipped up with just a few ingredients, avocado, fresh dill, garlic, buttermilk and lemon juice. The salad components are wonderfully straightforward as well, butter lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, and the best part… bacon! This is the perfect salad to enjoy as a side or really holds its own as a main meal! Enjoy!
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 large head butter lettuce, leaves separated and torn into 2-inch pieces
- 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2 radishes, thinly sliced
- 1 small Persian cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 small clove garlic
- ¼ cup dill sprigs
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Combine avocado, garlic, dill, lemon juice, buttermilk, and 2 tablespoons water in a blender; puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. (If dressing is too thick, add more water, a tablespoon at a time.)
Toss together lettuce, cucumber, bacon, and radishes in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with 1/4 cup dressing. Serve remaining dressing on the side, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 2 days.
This recipe was originally used for Martha Stewart Living in 2018.
Photos by Lauren Ross