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    Jefferson Adams

    Simple French Butter Leaf Salad (Gluten-Free)

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    I recently took my wife out for dinner at one of our favorite little French restaurants. Among the many delicious foods we ate was a butter lettuce salad. It was one of the simplest, most delicious salads I've ever had, so I took some notes and then set out to recreate it at home.

    Photo: CC--kerryj.comSalad ingredients:
    Butter leaf lettuce
    Apple, thinly sliced
    Goat cheese, crumbled
    Candied walnuts
    Mandarin orange slices
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Dressing ingredients:
    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    2 tablespoons honey
    1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
    ¼ cup champagne vinegar
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    Dressing directions:
    Whisk together the garlic, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper

    In a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except the olive oil. Once the ingredients are well-mixed, slowly whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified.

    In place of a whisk, I sometimes like to use a blender or a food processor and simply pureé all of the ingredients until smooth. Either way makes a good dressing.

    Salad directions:
    Thoroughly wash and dry the lettuce leaves. If the leaves are large, tear them into large pieces and place into a bowl. If the leaves are small enough, you may use them whole. Toss the leaves with a bit of the dressing.

    Cut slices from a nice, sweet, crisp apple, such as a Braeburn or a Fuji apple, and add four slices to each bowl.

    Crumble goat cheese over the lettuce and apples.

    Add a few candied walnuts and a few skies of mandarin orange.

    Serve.


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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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