Simply Summer Salad

The green whorls of lettuce seem to grow differently for each plant – each one as unique as a fingerprint. The butter leaf lettuce is flourishing and we’re eating lots of wonderful salads to keep up. This summery salad is simple to put together, and the sweet and tangy rice wine vinaigrette makes the dish delectable.

Butter Leaf Bounty
Butter Leaf Bounty

Pick and rinse about eight leaves of butter leaf lettuce.

Garden Fresh Butter Lettuce
Garden Fresh Butter Lettuce

Grill two small yellow summer squashes. Slice them lengthwise, about 1/4″ thick, paint with olive oil and grill over medium high heat until done, flipping once.

Chop 1 tomato, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/2 cucumber, 1/4 white onion, 1 cup of fresh basil, 1/2 cup of fresh parsley. Toss together in a bowl.

Make vinaigrette. Mix together 2 T canola oil, 2 T rice vinegar, 1 minced garlic clove and salt and pepper.

Tear the butter leaf lettuce and divide between two plates. Layer the chopped vegetables on top. Sprinkle the vinaigrette over that. Top with crumbled goat cheese.

Simple Summer Salad
Simple Summer Salad


  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 1 cup of fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese

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