Butter Lettuce And Watercress Salad With Creamy Walnut Dressing

Not all salads are created equal. Some are complex, with many competing flavors and others are simple and subtle. In the salad world, both are needed. This is a simple one; a lovely butter lettuce and watercress salad with a creamy walnut dressing. Now don’t misunderstand me, by “simple” I don’t mean boring, I mean classic and elegant. A simple salad can compliment any meal without overwhelming it and the flavors used are often a bit more earthy.

butter lettuce salad with walnut dressing

Butter lettuce, a lovely mild lettuce with a sweet buttery taste, is versatile and a great source of vitamins A and C.  Watercress (another favorite of mine), happens to be considered a superfood. Believe it or not, watercress contains more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, and more folate than bananas. So if you don’t include watercress in your diet, you better start.

Watercress contains vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus making its health benefits limitless. Watercress has a slightly peppery taste that can elevate a rather simple salad to a whole new level. The slight peppery flavor is further complemented here by the delicious creamy walnut dressing and toasted panko bread crumbs.
butter lettuce salad with walnut dressing

My creamy walnut dressing is loaded with walnuts, which are also known as the world’s most perfect nut. Apple cider vinegar, lemon, and tarragon compliment the nutty flavor elevating this simple salad to an incredibly flavorful memorable one. Because this is a “creamy” dressing, some may shy away from it from a health perspective, but the current research on heart-healthy benefits of following a more Mediterranean diet (and walnuts in particular) may just sway you.

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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