better butterleaf “wedge” salad

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delicious and pretty salad!

Our friend Rachel originally inspired this salad as she wanted “individual” salads for an Oscar viewing party. While these wedges required a fork and knife, the end product was amazing.

I combined a few concepts from other recipes on Pinterest including this Williams-Sonoma Taste little gem salad recipe and added (what else?) bacon and some roasted chickpeas for a little crunch. The combo was incredible.

Here’s a look!

servings

 

12

prep:cook time

 

1 hr. including roasting chickpeas

ingredients yelloe

  • little gem (6) or butter leaf lettuce (4) (you can quarter the butter leaf or halve the little gem)
  • one package bacon
  • two cans chickpeas
  • bundle of radishes

Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh chives
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 Tbs. minced fresh tarragon
  • 1 Tbs.+ fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs.+ champagne vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

instructions

  1. Roast your chickpeas following this recipe (although I pulled mine out about 20 minutes after I turned off the oven, and they were plenty crunchy).
  2. Bake the bacon until nice and crispy on another shelf in the oven.
  3. While the chickpeas are roasting and the bacon is crisping, halve or quarter the lettuce, thinly slice the radishes, and combine the salad dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. I used a little extra lemon juice and champagne vinegar than the recipe called for because I like tangy dressings, especially when mayonnaise is involved.
  4. Remove the chickpeas and allow them to cool.
  5. Remove the bacon from the grease in the pan and place them on paper towels. Coarsely cut into crumbles.
  6. Arrange the lettuce wedges in a shallow bowl or large tray, and sprinkle the bacon, chickpeas, and radish slices evenly over the lettuce.
  7. Finish with drizzled dressing (just use a spoon), and keep any extra toppings close by in case your guests want to add more to their serving.
pretty butter leaf lettuce

pretty butter leaf lettuce

arranged lettuce

arranged lettuce

I think radishes are underrated

I think radishes are underrated

salad ready for dressing

salad ready for dressing

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yums!

yums!

cheers krista

 

brass blossom

 

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