Butter Lettuce Berry Salad Deluxe Recipe

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Butter Lettuce Berry Salad Deluxe

From Dorothy McNett's Recipe Book at www.dorothymcnett.com. Use any fresh local berries in season, or a combination of several varieties. Berries with baby shrimp? Yes, it is wonderful! We have lots of wonderful blue cheeses available, so choose and enjoy!

1/4 cup mayonnaise, homemade or good quality commercial
1/4 cup plain yogurt (organic Clover Brand, or Greek if available)
1 teaspoon green peppercorns in brine, drained and slightly bruised
1 teaspoon capers in brine, drained
1-2 green onions, minced
1 tablespoon or so of fresh herbs, such as thyme or oregano, finely snipped
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 head butter lettuce, or other greens as desired
fresh red ripe strawberries, or blueberries, or raspberries...
1/2 - 1 teaspoon balsamic, aged at least 8 years
1/2 cup cooked baby shrimp, or smoked salmon, etc. as desired
crumbled blue cheese, such as Maytag Blue

First make the dressing by combining the mayonnaise, yogurt, peppercorns, capers, green onions, herbs and salt. Blend well. This is even better if made a few hours ahead and refrigerated. When ready to serve, gently tear the lettuce into serving sized pieces. Quarter or slice the berries into a small bowl and drizzle with the balsamic, tossing to coat the berries a bit. (The balsamic needs to have some sweetness and thickness, which comes from being aged. If you are using a thin and unaged one, add a pinch of sugar.) Arrange the leaves, berries and blue cheese on serving plates and pour on the dressing. Fabulous!

Recipe created 2009-03-22.

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