Butter Lettuce Salad


This light and fresh butter lettuce salad pairs a citrusy-sweet dressing with tender butter lettuce, whose mild flavor complements the fresh herbs in the dressing as well as the other flavors without overpowering them.

a recipe photo of the Butter Lettuce Salad served on a plate
Photo: Photographer: Fred Hardy II, Food Stylist: Margaret Monroe Dickey, Prop Stylist: Shell Royster
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives or tarragon

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 6 cups torn butter lettuce

  • cup cubed cooked beets (1/4-inch)

  • ¼ cup halved and sliced watermelon radish (1/8-inch)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted sunflower seeds

  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese


  1. Whisk oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar, chives (or tarragon), honey and pepper together in a small bowl until well combined.

  2. Combine lettuce, beets, radish and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and toss until evenly coated. Sprinkle evenly with goat cheese. Garnish with additional lemon zest, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
11g Fat
6g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Vitamin A 1081IU 22%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 48mcg 12%
Vitamin K 34mcg 28%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 15mg 4%
Potassium 189mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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