Bibb lettuce is the perfect tender green for the creamy, tart dressing. The basil gives the salad balance, while the radish adds a bit of bite and the walnuts contribute a rich buttery finish. All of the ingredients in this salad are easy to find at the supermarket, and the dish takes just 15 minutes to make. In other words, this recipe will likely become a go-to in your collection. If you’re pot lucking, assemble the salad ahead of time, and then toss with the dressing and garnish with walnuts and basil right before serving.
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon salted butter, melted
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
¾ cup buttermilk
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
1 small scallion, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 heads Bibb lettuce (about 1 lb.), torn into bite-size pieces
2 medium radishes, thinly sliced
Sat fat 3.88g
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss together walnuts, butter, cayenne, and ½ teaspoon of the salt in a medium bowl. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, basil, scallion, black pepper, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Cover and chill until ready to use. (Dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)
Toss together lettuce, radishes, and 3 tablespoons of the dressing in a large bowl. Top with walnuts. Serve with remaining dressing on the side.
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