Little Gem Salad with Buttermilk Herb Dressng

May 16, 2015
3 Ratings
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 6 people
Author Notes

In the summer and fall, little gem lettuce is abundant in farmers' markets and farm-to-table restaurants. Little gems taste like baby romaine with a crunch on the inside and tender greens like butter lettuce on the outside. Similar to the iceberg wedge salad of days gone by, but updated! —Lynda Marren

What You'll Need
  • Ingredients for Salad
  • 1-1/2 cups slab bacon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, cut in half and slow roasted
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 2 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • Ingredients for Buttermilk Dressing
  • 2 whole white anchovies
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  1. Directions for Salad: Cut bacon into half-inch cubes.
  2. Cook bacon into lardons by heating heavy skillet on stove to high heat. Add olive oil and chopped bacon. Reduce heat and saute until outside of cubes are crisp and center is chewy, about 8 minutes. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
  3. Directions for Dressing: Puree all dressing ingredients in food processor until smooth. Taste and add salt or pepper if desired. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Note: For a large platter for a buffet, smear some dressing on the center of the platter or individual plates before placing down little gems. This will hold the leaves in place and add flavor.

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  • Ward D. Miller
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  • Lynda Marren
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  • debra

4 Reviews

Ward D. February 9, 2021
Recipe looks great, I can't wait to try it, but how much/many Little Gem/s does the recipe call for? The key ingredient also seems to be missing... Also, how are the tomatoes supposed to be roasted? Also, how many ounces/grams is a bunch of thyme in your neck of the woods?
debra July 7, 2017
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debra July 7, 2017
Am I missing something here? Where is the buttermilk?
Lynda M. July 8, 2017
Hi Debra—thanks for bringing this to my attention! I updated the dressing recipe with all of the ingredients.