June in British Columbia means many wonderful edibles are popping up in our gardens. This salad showcases fresh and tender butter lettuce with sweet-as-candy local strawberries. Try this light and lively combination!

Yield: Serves 4
Preparation Time: About 20 minutes

INGREDIENT LIST

  • 5 strawberries
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • ½ cup toasted hazelnuts

EQUIPMENT LIST

  • Food processor or blender
  • Measuring spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Spatula
  • Small cake pan

 

METHOD

  1. Hull the strawberries and place in a food processor.
  2. Add the vinegar and puree. Add the olive oil through the feed tube in a slow, steady stream, until the vinaigrette is smooth.  Season with salt.  Place in a small bowl.
  3. Place hazelnuts in a small cake pan and bake in a preheated oven (350 F) for about 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted.  Remove from the oven and let cool.
  4. Separate the lettuce leaves, wash and dry. 
  5. Place a few lettuce leaves on a plate and drizzle with the vinaigrette.  Garnish with a few toasted hazelnuts.

Tasty Tip

  • If you are on a picnic, drizzle the vinaigrette on a lettuce leaf, roll it up and eat it with your fingers.  These are summer rules that don’t apply at the dining room table!

STEP-BY-STEP – BUTTER LETTUCE CUPS WITH STRAWBERRY VINAIGRETTE!

 

STEP 1
Gather your ingredients. We used toasted sliced almonds instead of hazelnuts. Use what you have!

STEP 2
Slice off the stems of the strawberries.

STEP 3
Put the strawberries into a small food processor.

STEP 4
Add the wine vinegar and puree the strawberries and vinegar until smooth.

STEP 5
Slowly add the olive oil to the machine as you blend. It will emulsify and thicken into a lovely coloured vinaigrette.

STEP 6
Don’t forget a good pinch of salt!

STEP 7
Add your washed and torn lettuce leaves to a large serving bowl. Did you try a taste of the butter lettuce? How would you describe it?

STEP 8
Drizzle the lettuce with some vinaigrette and add the nuts. Toss it all together. Try a piece of lettuce to see if more vinaigrette is needed. Enjoy!

 

STEP 9
For a fun finger food idea, try drizzling a bit of vinaigrette onto a lettuce leaf and sprinkle with a few nuts. Roll it up and bite in!

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