Grilled Butter Lettuce With Buttermilk-Chive and Citrus Dressing

servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 5 Min

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  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche or fresh yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp chives, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon zest, finely chopped


  • 4 heads butter lettuce, halved
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Vegetable oil, for grill
  • Salt and pepper


In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk, crème fraîche, mayonnaise, chives, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The dressing may be made up to 1 day ahead and kept refrigerated.

Prepare a gas or charcoal grill fire for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill grates. Lightly season the lettuce with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Grill cut side down until wilted, lightly charred, and the cores are crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer the grilled lettuce to a serving platter and drizzle with the dressing. Lightly sprinkle the lettuce with salt and pepper and serve.

Additional Tips

You won’t need all the dressing; refrigerate leftovers for 2 to 3 days.

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