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Raw Food Recipes: Romaine Hearts with Buttermilk Dressing

serves 2 ~ $2.73 per serving



  • 1 large bunch romaine hearts, chopped into ribbons ($2.00)
  • 6 radishes, sliced thinly ($.30)
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped
  • 1 medium onion ($.10)
  • 1 avocado, sliced ($1.50)
  • 2 tablespoons almonds, slivered ($.10)

buttermilk dressing

  • 1 water 
  • 1/2 cup almonds, blanched (optional) ($1.25)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice ($.20)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper (or to taste)

Today is the first day of spring. You wouldn’t know it to look out my back window, but it’s true. I’m keeping fingers crossed for some spring like weather. Until then, I’m enjoying this light salad that is perfect for any time of year.

Assemble the salad ingredients. Iceberg lettuce can be substituted for romaine hearts.

In a small blender, process the one cup water and half a cup of almonds until very smooth. Squeeze through a nut milk bag and save the pulp for a future recipe.

To the almond cream, add the rest of the dressing ingredients and blend again until smooth. Dress the salad and add some chopped almonds. Extra dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

nutritional information:       calories: 344       fat: 17 gr       carbs: 45 gr       protein: 5 gr

This is what spring looks like around these parts (or at least in my own backyard)! What’s it like in your neck of the woods?

photo John Rasmussen

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11 years ago

Looks wonderful! Thanks for planning my lunch. 🙂 Our backyard is solid white as well. We've been buried the last few days with several inches of snow. (sigh) No warm weather in sight, although they're predicting a high of 43 for Monday. That's sounding downright tropical about now…

Katherine - Real Food Runner

that dressing looks good!

Spécialiste de l'éphémère

What a yummy dressing! Thank you!

There is much more snow here… sadly!

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