Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing. Photo from Your Vegan Mom.
Sometimes it’s difficult to weave greens into your diet. Today we bring you a creamy lemon salad dressing that will make you want to have greens as a main meal or to accompany your entree! This recipe is vegan and easy – it only has four ingredients.
Lettuce Make a Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons cashew butter
- 1 tablespoon white miso
- 3 tablespoons hot water
Shake your ingredients and yum, you’re done. We recommend pouring the dressing over our Live Gourmet butter lettuce and try it with other fresh raw veggies. You can also dip our butter lettuce leaves into the dressing as a snack. This recipe makes 10 creamy tablespoons. Make sure to store it in a jar in your refrigerator and enjoy it throughout the week.
Thank you Your Vegan Mom for the super salad dressing recipe inspiration!
Did you know that there are different varieties of cress and watercress?
Some are sweeter, while others are more on the bitter side. CHOW wrote an article on the different types of cress and watercress that gives a nice explanation. Let’s explore them:
Photo via Kitazawa Seed Co.
A little on the peppery side, similar to horseradish and contains sprouts.
Photo via Kitazawa Seed Co.
Also known as Minari and is more on the bitter side. It is popular among Koreans when in season.
Photo via Total Healthy Lifestyle
Nasturtium looks like beautiful, gorgeous flowers. And yes, they are edible!
Grower Pete’s Organic Living Water Cress
Last, but never least, upland cress! It has a peppery taste and will add some zing to your dishes. Our upland cress is certified as an antioxidant superfood by SCS Global Services! It is certified to contain 14.76 mg/bag of lutein, an essential antioxidant. That’s 127% higher antioxidant density than the USDA reported average value!
We hope you enjoyed your cress-ucation. We invite you to search our blog some delicious upland cress recipes!
Q.Which vegetable or fruit is never frozen, processed or canned?
Lettuce is the ONLY vegetable never frozen, processed or canned! It’s always served fresh. At Live Gourmet, we take it a step further by selling our lettuce with the roots still attached to provide you and loved ones with fresh, living greens.
Our living butter lettuce is so fresh that when you take it home, you actually pick the leaves off from a living plant, right in your own kitchen! Our clean and green farming methods help make this possible.
The next time you’re at a dining table with your family or friends, share your new foodie quiz skills and make sure to ask them which vegetable is never frozen, processed, or canned.
Live Gourmet is committed to conserving water with every crop. Our hydroponics growing techniques (visual above) help recycle precious water resources, reduce overall water use, limit water loss due to evaporation, and stop soil erosion.
Even more rewarding is that all of our efforts contribute to the protection of local riparian and estuary habitats. Conserving water this way has helped agricultural inputs become minimized, conserved and maintained in the growing area.
Our hydroponics greenhouse production of lettuce generally produces 3.55 times more lettuce per acre than conventional field growing methods. This helps reduce the amount of arable land necessary for production. Our hydroponics system also conserves from 66% to 84% of the water that would be used if the lettuce were grown in the fields, depending upon the region, soil structure, time of year and irrigation method used.
Together, we are not only providing you and your family the freshest lettuce and leafy greens possible, but we are conserving water, one drop at a time.
February 7, 2014 | 1 Comment
Oh the joys of smoothies. They are easy to make and super nutritious. This green smoothie recipe was inspired by Carrie on Vegan. Her green smoothie had watercress which we substituted with upland cress. The flavor of upland cress is close to watercress with a mild flavor with a delicate sharpness. The flavor of upland cress in the smoothie adds a refreshing kick and distinction and you can’t beat additional Vitamin A and C! This smoothie also contains flax meal and chia seeds for added fiber.
So what are you waiting for?! Get those ingredients ready and blend it up!
Green Smoothie with Upland Cress
*makes two servings
- 2 cups unsweetened soy milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/2 to 1 bunch of Living Upland Cress, washed
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen blackberries (you can substitute blueberries if you prefer)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 tablespoon flax meal
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon carob powder
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
Simply blend the ingredients and enjoy!
January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment
Jill Silverman Hough, cookbook author and respected culinary instructor, created wonderful recipes with Live Gourmet living butter lettuce including crab cakes, seared tuna and a BLT sandwich. You can view all her butter lettuce recipes on our website.
Here’s one of Jill’s favorite Live Gourmet recipes: Hazelnut Shrimp Salad in Butter Lettuce Cups. It serves 4 as an appetizer.
- 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, plus more to taste
- 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped chives
- 12 ounces cooked shrimp, coarsely chopped
- 1 head Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce
Preheat oven to 375°F. On a pie plate or small, rimmed baking sheet, toast hazelnuts about 5 minutes, or until fragrant and browned. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk in hazelnut oil and olive oil. Stir in celery greens, chives, and half the hazelnuts. Gently toss in shrimp. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
Remove 8 large leaves from Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce; arrange on 4 serving plates. Chop remaining lettuce into rough, 1/4-inch pieces; toss with shrimp mixture. Top each lettuce leaf with shrimp mixture, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with remaining hazelnuts and serve.
Visit Jill Silverman Hough’s blog to view the list of her favorite Live Gourmet recipes!
We’re curious, what’s your favorite Live Gourmet recipe?
All of of our living lettuce and living cress products are now Non-GMO Project Verified! This endorsement represents our ongoing commitment to use all natural ingredients in the production of our products, be it conventional or organic.
In addition to being Non-GMO Project verified, our Grower Pete’s products are USDA certified organic by CCOF, a respectable organic promoter. Our Live Gourmet living upland cress and Grower Pete’s living watercress products have also achieved the Antioxidant Super Food Certification from SCS Global Services for our high Lutein content!
“Our products have been GMO-free from day one and now we’ve made the extra effort to verify our products through the Non-GMO Project to provide our customers that extra level of confidence when consuming our products,” said Pete Overgaag, President and CEO of Hollandia Produce, LP. “We believe in producing wholesome, high quality, extremely fresh products with time tested methods that utilize the best of nature and nurture.”
Our mission has always been to provide your family with high quality products that are grown hydroponically and harvested with their roots intact to promote freshness and flavor. With that in mind, participating in the Non-GMO Projects’ Product Verification Program was a natural fit us. Our growing and production practices help conserve land and water resources, and embrace source reduction and recycling, which help make our products be the very best they can be.
Making smoothies with greens and veggies is a great way to get nutrients in your body and when done right, taste delicious!
All Yummy Recipes created a blog post on their favorite 15 vegetable smoothie recipes. The post featured fabulous vegetable smoothies such as pumpkin, kale, and beetroot smoothies – just to name a few. They even featured our “Lettuce Share Kris Carr’s Green Smoothie” Recipe! (we added Live Gourmet Butter lettuce to it of course!)
Green Smoothie Recipe Inspired by Kris Carr
We love getting creative in the kitchen and experimenting with our butter lettuce, veggies, fruits and more.
Please share with us any of your butter lettuce smoothie creations and visit All Yummy Recipes for 15 vegetable smoothie ideas!
We love using butter lettuce to wrap tacos. Butter lettuce as a tortilla alternative adds freshness and crispness, all while being sturdy enough to wrap all your delicious taco ingredients. The popular food blog Nom Nom Paleo agrees. They created a super Surf and Turf taco recipe using our Live Gourmet butter lettuce and featured it on their site! We love that they LOVE Live Gourmet living butter lettuce too!
In celebration of our love for everything butter lettuce, we wanted to feature their yummy Surf and Turf taco recipe. Enjoy and happy nom nom!
Surf and Turf Tacos. Recipe by Nom Nom Paleo
Nom Nom Paleo Surf and Turf Tacos with Butter Lettuce
(makes 4 – 6 servings) :
- 1 lb grass fed ground beef + Chili 9000 seasoning
- 1 batch Tabil-seasoned sautéed shrimp
- 1 head of Live Gourmet butter leaf lettuce
- ½ medium jicama, sliced into thin matchsticks
- 2 medium carrots, peeled with a julienne peeler
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 batch of guacamole
Visit Nom Nom Paleo for the complete taco recipe and more great eating ideas!
Filet Mignon with Herb Butter and Watercress
If you’re looking to impress a loved one with a home cooked meal, try this tasty dish. Eating Well rated this grilled filet mignon recipe a 4.6 out of 5! The filet mignon is grilled and flavored with herb butter and then placed on a bed of watercress and toast. The herb butter is so good, you may want to make extra on the side. This recipe makes 4 servings.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon whipped or regular butter, slightly softened
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, or shallot
- 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and chopped
- 3 teaspoons minced fresh marjoram, or oregano, divided
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest, divided
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
- 2 cloves garlic, (1 minced, 1 peeled and halved)
- 1 pound filet mignon, about 1 1/2 inches thick, trimmed and cut into 4 portions
- 4 slices whole-grain bread
- 4 cups Live Gourmet watercress, trimmed and chopped
Thank you Eating Well for the great grilled Filet Mignon with Herb Butter recipe!
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