Lemon Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad

Lemon Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad

Butter Lettuce Salad


Butter lettuce is also called Bibb lettuce or Boston lettuce. You may be lucky enough to find it still as a whole head, or just as the leaves. Either works.

If you can’t find either, then romaine works really nicely too.

This is a filling and simple salad that is easy to present beautifully and can be made smaller if desired for a first course of a larger meal.

Serves 2

  • 2 heads butter lettuce
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 nori sheets
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup baby tomatoes


  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 20 minutes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender.
  2. Chill until ready to use.


Quick parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup macadamias
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Use a microplane to grate the macadamias into a bowl.
  2. Add the nutritional yeast and salt, and then mix thoroughly.



  1. Cut the leaves from the stalk of the butter lettuce.
  2. Toss in the desired amount of dressing and then rearrange the leaves on the plate so they go from biggest to smallest, as they did when they were part of the original lettuce.
  3. Cut half of an avocado into a fan and place on the plate just to the side of the butter lettuce.
  4. Crush a dry nori sheet with your hands and sprinkle the lettuce with it.
  5. Quarter the baby tomatoes and sprinkle the salad with them, finishing up with a sprinkle of the quick parmesan cheese and the pine nuts.

This recipe is to be featured in the Summer Edition of GetFresh! Magazine.



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  1. Krystyna

    I have made it yesterday evening, this dressing is absolutely delicious!!! I did not have cashew and I used pistachios instead – big success, even my eating meat husband grab something from me. Since there was no oil added, it was very easy to digest. Thank you very much.

  2. Kristen

    I am so excited to try this tonight. We got the first week of our summer share and it’s always filled with greens — this salad will use up butter lettuce and it looks amazing…and easy!

  3. Svetlana

    Made your salad today for dinner, but had to use Romain lettuce since that’s what I was able to find at the store… my friend told me it was “epic”… thank you so much, it’s now my favorite! <3

  4. Marykegg

    Russell, for some reason your “Pin It” button does not work. I use Pinterest to share my favorite recipes with my daughters who both live across the country from me. This recipe is great! By the way, instead of a microplane, I used my coffee grinder (which I only use for nuts/seeds) to grind the macadamia nuts. Works pretty slick.

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  6. Ekaterina

    Hi Russell, what an amazing combination of flavors in this salad! Made it last night as a starter salad and my family loved it. Making it today again as a main dish! Thank you so much for posting the recipe.

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  8. Carine

    Hi Russell,
    do the macadamia nuts need to be soaked at all prior to making the cheese?
    Thanks for your generosity and inspiration!

  9. Stephanie E

    Russell, I have recently started following your posts and I find your recipes consistent and beautiful, as well as tasty.  You are good at what you do and thank you for sharing.  

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    • Russell James

      Hi Dina, you could just leave it out – there’s not really anything that tastes like garlic.

      If a recipe calls for garlic powder, you might want to use onion powder though.

  11. Gabrielle

    How does one grate macadamias on a microplane without grating one’s fingers?  The recipe is supposed to be vegan, is it not?

    Seriously though, is there a technique to save one’s fingertips?  (or can I it demonstrated in your HomeStudy course)?

    • Russell James

      As long as you’re careful you should be able to avoid grating your fingers.  The Microplane actually does have a guard available that you can protect your fingers with.

      And yes, in the new version of my DVDs I demonstrate this.

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  13. Silvy

    Super recipe, I have done the salad for my friend and my husband (they’re my happy guinea-pigs!) and it was delicious, especially the dressing! thanks Russell

  14. Cindy

    Have you really “moved” to Austin?  I am your biggest fan & can drive up there from Houston in no time for a class.  
    The Chocolate Cheese Cake at Beet’s Cafe is sublime!  🙂

  15. Kathy

    Best of luck and much happiness to you in your new home , sounds like it will be a perfect fit for you, Thanks for sharing this beautiful salad recipe. Sounds great and looks even better , how exciting to learn about the parmesan 🙂

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