Originating from the Mediterranean basin, this tender bright green clump of velvety leaves has a mild flavor that pairs nicely with countless culinary pleasures. Not only contributing to delightful dishes, the health benefits of butter lettuce include: good sources of thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, and very good sources of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.
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Butter Lettuce Salad with Pear Dressing
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons pear nectar
1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Half a 6-ounce ripe red Bartlett pear, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup coarsely crumbled gorgonzola cheese
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
1 head butter lettuce, cut into 4 wedges
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
1/2 a large ripe red Bartlett pear, quartered lengthwise, cored and thinly sliced
1/3 cup hazelnuts or walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
For the dressing: In a blender, blend together the oil, pear nectar, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, diced pear, cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. For the salad: Place the lettuce wedges on 4 salad plates. Arrange the avocado, pear slices, hazelnuts and cranberries around the lettuce. Drizzle with the dressing and serve.