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Butter Lettuce Salad w/ Basil Green Goddess Dressing (Video)

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Summer time is an easy time to enjoy Salads.

It just a part of the seasonal flow chart.

Hot weather calls for cool, refreshing food – and the less cooking required the better!

This salad is simple and full of flavor (I kind of like to think I’m the same – although at times I can extremely complicated and terribly flat – but I suppose that’s a story for a different day;).

I love adding shredded chicken to this salad to bulk up the protein and make it a little more filling, but it’s also delicious just  the way it is.

What’s your favorite Summer salad?  I’d love to hear about it down below!

Butter Lettuce Salad w/ Basil Green Goddess Dressing

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Salad

  • 1 head Butter Lettuce
  • 1-cup pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels (about one cobb)

Dressing

  • 1 cup scallions, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1-cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt (you can use 2% or full fat if you prefer)
  • 2 tbsp real mayo
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ tsp kosher salt and some fresh ground pepper

Directions:

Combine scallions, garlic, and basil in a food processor.  Pulse a few times to break everything down.  Add yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, and salt and pepper and blend until you have a nice thick, creamy dressing.  Adjust seasonings and set aside.

Tear up butter leaves and place in a large shallow, bowl and top with tomatoes and avocado.  Divide amongst 4 plates and top each salad with 2 tablespoons of dressing.

Nutritional Analysis

1/4th of salad w/ 2tbsp dressing--> Calories: 132; Total Fat: 9.3g; Saturated Fat: 1.3g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Carbohydrate: 10.1g; Dietary Fiber: 4.3g; Sugars: 3.6g; Protein: 4.8g

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10 Responses to “Butter Lettuce Salad w/ Basil Green Goddess Dressing (Video)”

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    jeannie — July 11, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Are you from nj? I live in Morris county! Salad looks delist!

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      Dani — July 13, 2012 @ 11:40 am

      I sure am… Bergen county! And I go back A LOT. We’ll be there for three weeks in August (and one week down the shore…can’t wait).

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    Cristina — July 12, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Hi Dani :-) I love this dressing and can’t wait to make it!! I have a question regarding the corn – was that cooked or do you use it straight off the husk??
    Thanks! xo, Cristina

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      Dani — July 13, 2012 @ 11:41 am

      Raw – straight of the husk!

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    Vanessa — July 15, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    Loved the dressing! I didn’t have any mayo on hand so I skipped that, but it was still delicious! I used it for a turkey wrap in a whole wheat tortilla. Can’t wait to try the dressing on other dishes!

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    Renee — July 16, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    I went to the Boulder Farmers Market this past weekend and picked up fresh sweet corn on the cobb, real tomatoes, and fresh basil. I made this salad and dressing last night and I absolutely love the flavors of the dressing, with the lemon, corn, and tomatoes. It’s so refreshing to eat your own super awesome salad dressings! THANK YOU!

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    Janet — July 16, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    I made this salad twice since last week, and had the dressing on a turkey sandwich twice. IT IS SO DELICIOUS. It tastes fresh and new. I am a huge fan of basil anything!
    I didn’t know about the raw corn, I steamed my cob for 3 min in the microwave.

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    Joelle — July 18, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I call this ‘awesomesauce’. SO good! Been a fan of your site for just a few short months & I feel as though i’ve found my kitchen BFF. The only bad thing about you, Dani? I can’t claim the recipes & tips for myself. Happy to brag on you. This dressing is the bomb, good on everything. Thank you for all the fun you bring to my cuccina (and my tummy).

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    Piper Alexander — November 16, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    This salad looks delish! Especially the dressing. Do you happen to know the calorie content of just the dressing by serving, or how much dressing this recipe makes?

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      Piper Alexander — November 16, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

      Never mind, I just saw the link for the dressing only, listing the calorie content!

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