Butter Lettuce Salad with Oranges and Red Onion Dressing

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Today, “lettuce” tell you about a delicious recipe from chef Pat Carloss, via epicurious.com. What makes this salad unique is the combination of onions and oranges, as well as the different ways that the orange is used throughout the dish. The recipe is fairly easy to make, and it won’t break the bank (unless of course you’d like to use champagne instead of vinegar, which you can do if you’re feeling particularly fancy).

To get started you’ll need the following:

  • One head of Butter Lettuce, leaves coarsely torn
  • 3/4 cup olive oil (We hear good things about Tunisian Olive Oil)
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar (or champagne if you’re so inclined)
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
  • 1/2 red onion (very thinly sliced)
  • 2 large oranges (peeled and with the white bit removed) thinly sliced into rounds
For the full recipe, head here: http://epi.us/npcych.
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Healthy Recipe for Roquefort Pear Salad

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Over at AllRecipes.com the Roquefort Pear Salad has gotten rave review after rave review, so we figured we just had to share it. This recipe combines tangy blue cheese, fruity pears, and sweet crunchy caramelized pecans for a unique and delicious taste. Plus, it will take you only about 30 minutes to make. The quick recipe is great for parties, or as a meal unto its self, and with those delicious little caramelized pecans, you might even be able to get your kids to eat it!

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need to get started:

(Note: This recipe will serve 6, but you can easily adjust for a different number of servings at AllRecipes.com.)

  • 1 Head Live Gourmet Butter Lettuce
  • 3 Pears (Peeled, Cored, and Chopped)
  • 5oz crumbled Roquefort Cheese
  • 1 avocado (peeled, pitted, diced)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans
For the Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard (We hear Raye’s mustard is delicious)
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
For the full recipe, head over to http://bit.ly/nX77Be.
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Butter Lettuce and Radicchio Salad with Strawberries

Not too long ago we showed you a recipe for Lettuce Cups with Stir-Fried Chickenfrom Bon Appetit. Here’s another gem that we found on the site. This Butter Lettuce and Radicchio Salad with Strawberries is easy to make and delicious. Plus, since it has strawberries in it, you just might be able to convince your kids to eat it too!

To start with you’ll need the following:

  • 3 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (Our friends tell us that Maille brand tastes great.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 large head of radicchio, torn into 1-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 1 head of Butter Lettuce, torn into 1-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 1 1-pint basket strawberries, hulled, halved
  • 1/2 cup paper-thin red onion slices
You can find the full recipe here: http://bit.ly/qgnP5o.
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Lettuce Eat Leftovers! Chinese Leftovers Repurposed

We love hearing from our customers – how they eat our greens, their experiences, tips and most of all, we LOVE hearing creative Live Gourmet Customer Recipe ideas to see how you eat our greens at home.

The recipe below really inspired us because our customer is like many of our happy customers – a busy working mom who in her spare time (yes, chuckle inserted here!) wants to feed her family in a happy, healthy and time-efficient way.  We loved Lynn T of Florida’s creative recipe to repurpose leftovers in a fun, healthy way. **Lynn, thank you for emailing us, we really appreciate you.

If you have recipes to share, we’d love to hear from you.  You can find us online, on Facebook or post comments on our Lettuce Be Fresh blog (you are HERE)!

Lettuce Eat Leftovers!  Chinese Leftovers Repurposed

Lynn had a hungry family of four fighting over some Chinese leftovers and not enough to go around to make full plates…problem solved with Live Gourmet Butter Lettuce!!
Lynn took her Chinese leftover Kung Pao Chicken, Chow Mein and Sweet and Sour Shrimp and placed it all over beds of fresh butter lettuce adding cucumbers and tomato (she said one of her kids denied the tomato but she got the kids devouring healthy greens!) making the leftovers stretch into a colorful, yummy, nourishing salad.
Lynn’s secret salad dressing really impressed us.  It sounded so good that we tried it ourselves – it was delicious!

Secret Salad Dressing:
– Four-five tablespoons of Follow Your Heart Vegenaise
– Teriyaki sauce (add a spoonful to start, add as needed for flavor)
– Soy sauce (add a spoonful to start, add as needed for flavor)
Sriracha Rooster Sauce (adds spice, a little goes a long way…yum!)
– Salt and pepper (optional) to taste
Mix in a container with fork, add ingredients above to enhance flavor to desired taste or extend sauce quantity)
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Dressing Up Your Salad Greens

At Live Gourmet we get asked a LOT about great salad dressing sites.  Since our specialty is growing hydroponic greens but we built our business on customer service, we decided to virtually “grow” some of our favorite recipe resources for healthy salads and salad dressings that you and your family will enjoy!

Bragg Live Foods
We’re not one to brag – but this site provides many organic salad dressing options including their new dressing & marinade called Braggberry!  It’s made from a blend of mixed berries and fat-free ingredients.  Pair with our Living Upland Cress for an antioxidant packed meal. 
http://www.bragg.com

Brianna’s Fine Salad Dressings
Find your salad recipe nirvana with Brianna’s.  The recipe page is organized by the flavor of each dressing.  Take a look at the “Super Salad” recipe section for a variety of ways to fix your greens.
http://www.briannassaladdressing.com/

 

Kraft Foods – Recipes and Tips 
Recipes for budget conscious and health conscious parents.  There’s even a fun recipe for Turkey Lettuce Wraps that uses Butter Lettuce and takes only 15 minutes to prepare!

Newman’s Own
The site feature’s Paul Newman’s “Eat Right, Eat Light” recipe section for salad recipes.  There is a great recipe that pairs Arugula and Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing called “Baby Arugula, Pear and Prosciutto Salad” – Yum!
http://www.newmansown.com

Julio Petrini’s Italian Salad Dressing of Santa Barbara
Whether it’s Original Italian, Classic Italian or Italian Ranch this site shares the best of Italian flavored dressings.  You’ll be inspired you to make salads that will have your entire family exclaiming, “Mamma Mia!”

If you have great salad dressing recipes or butter lettuce recipes to share, Email us at info@livegourmet.com

You’d Butter Believe It – Fresh Recipes with Butter Lettuce

 

Put a little “Green” in your step this Spring with quick and easy recipes from Live Gourmet.  The change of the season has us enjoying longer days and our bodies craving fresher food.  Add crisp, absolutely fresh tasting butter lettuce to your diet which can be served in a salad or a wrap.  Each of these recipes include Living Butter Lettuce for your entire family to enjoy!

Easter Bunny Salad
(6 Servings)

Hop into the kitchen for this delicious recipe that will have your children cheering for more.  This nutritious salad keeps them healthy with a rich source of calcium found in both the cottage cheese and butter lettuce.

• 3 cups cottage cheese
• 2 to 3 tbsp. lemon juice
• 1/4 cup raisins
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
• 2 granny smith apples, diced
• 1 to 2 tbsp. honey

Combine everything and chill.  Serve over a bed of Living Butter Lettuce

Spring Asparagus Salad
(4 Servings)

 

Butter Lettuce has a delicate mild to sweet flavor with a firm crisp texture.  Here’s a salad that combines fresh spring asparagus and butter lettuce for a light but elegant luncheon.

• 1 bunch asparagus (about 1lb.)
• 2 heads Living Butter Lettuce
• 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
• 5 tsp. lemon juice
• 1/4 tsp. of lemon zest
• 1/2 tsp. each of honey
• 1/4 tsp. each of salt and pepper
• 1/8 tsp. dry mustard
• 1/4 lb. perline mozzarella cheese
• 2 tbsp. pine nuts

Trim asparagus spears on the diagonal into 1/8-in. slices, leaving tips about 1 inch long.  Tear butter lettuce into bite-size pieces.  Set aside.  In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, salt, pepper and mustard until creamy looking.  In a large bowl, toss butter lettuce with 3 tbsp. dressing.  Divide butter lettuce among salad plates.  Toss asparagus spears with remaining salad dressing and spoon over lettuces.  Sprinkle with perline mozzarella and pine nuts.

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps
(4 Servings)

Your family and friends will be impressed after feasting on these vegan and vegetarian friendly lettuce wraps.

• 1 (16-ounce) package water-packed, firm tofu, drained
• 1/2 cup lime juice
• 1/2 cup honey
• 1/4 cup thinly sliced lemongrass
• 2 tbsp. soy sauce
• 3/4 tsp. chile paste with garlic
• 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
• 3 minced garlic cloves
• 1 head of Living Red Butter Lettuce
• 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves
• 3 tbsp. chopped peanuts
• Handful of mint leaves
• 4 carrots cut julienne style
• Handful of basil leaves

Cut tofu into 12 (1/2-inch) slices.  Arrange tofu in a single layer in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.  Combine juice and next 6 ingredients in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil.  Cook 1 minute, stirring until honey dissolves.  Pour over tofu.  Cover and let stand at room temperature 1 hour.  Heat wok or heavy fry pan with cooking spray.  Brown tofu 3 minutes on each side.  Remove 12 large outer leaves from Red Butter Lettuce head.  Place tofu slice on each lettuce leaf.  Top each leaf with 2 tsp. cilantro, 3/4 teaspoon peanuts, 3 mint leaves, 3 carrot strips, and 1 basil leaf.  Wrap leaf around toppings.  Serve with marinade.  (3 lettuce wraps & 1/4 cup sauce)

That’s a wrap!