Similar to a wedge salad, this easy side dish uses Bibb lettuce leaves to form an edible bowl around broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, and turkey bacon. A basil-buttermilk dressing adds the finishing touch.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • For dressing, whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic, basil, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl; set aside.

  • Trim off just enough of the base of each lettuce head so the head will sit upright on a plate and the leaves will stay intact. Remove a few leaves from the center of each head to make lettuce bowls. Save the removed leaves for another use.

  • Place each lettuce bowl upright on a serving plate. Fill lettuce bowls evenly with broccoli florets and tomatoes. Dollop with cheese and sprinkle with bacon. Spoon the dressing into shot glasses and place one glass on each plate with the stuffed lettuce. Or drizzle dressing over salads.


Tip: Look for heads of lettuce that are small, tight, and compact so they hold their shape well after the centers are removed.

Nutrition Facts

91 calories; protein 5.6g 11% DV; carbohydrates 7.1g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 2.4g 10% DV; sugars 3.4g; fat 5g 8% DV; saturated fat 1.6g 8% DV; cholesterol 9.7mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 4102.8IU 82% DV; vitamin c 29.3mg 49% DV; folate 100.8mcg 25% DV; calcium 110.7mg 11% DV; iron 1.7mg 10% DV; magnesium 26mg 9% DV; potassium 454.8mg 13% DV; sodium 248.5mg 10% DV.