Herby, Seedy Butter Lettuce Salad with Tahini Dressing
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Herby, Seedy Butter Lettuce Salad with Tahini Dressing

Herby, Seedy Butter Lettuce Salad with Tahini Dressing


This loaded, lush butter lettuce salad recipe—drizzled with a delicious tahini dressing—sparkles with fresh herbs and a seed mixture that’s anything but ‘for the birds’.

A Seed-Topped Salad Recipe That’s Anything but For the Birds
If you’ve been reading along with us for any length of time, you might know that we often draw recipe inspiration from meals we’ve loved in restaurants. We could not stop thinking about the delicate crunch of the tiny seeds, the idea of using fragrant spice seeds—like cumin and fennel—in the same way you’d use sesame seeds absolutely blew our minds. Pistachios double down on the crunch factor, and of course add their own sort of heft. Fresh herbs also sang their way through the salad—and we always love fresh herbs tossed into salads, they’re such a simple and powerful upgrade! And the dressing. Ohhhhh that creamy, rich tahini dressing—garlicky, savory and just-right. Yeah, this salad recipe is vegan (if you swap out the honey for agave) and yeah, it’s really, really, really good for you. But it’s first and foremost an absolute pleasure to eat. With avocado and pistachios and tender butter lettuce, it’s definitely a luxurious salad recipe, which means it’s a terrific one to serve to company! Especially when dinner is otherwise simple—pair it with some grilled fish, or a roast chicken and prepare to bask in the raves!

avocado, butter lettuce mint, chives, garlic, tahini, toasted sesame oil, olive oil fennel seeds, cumin seeds

All of the Ingredients That Make This Seedy, Herby Salad Recipe So Uniquely Satisfying
This superstar main-dish salad recipe is like the Avengers: Endgame of salad recipes. It has cumin seeds! Sesame seeds! Big, satisfying cubes of buttery avocado! Tony Stark! OK, not Tony Stark. We said it’s the Endgame of salad recipes, not actually a salad recipe from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But we digress. The point is, this salad DOES. NOT. QUIT. It has all of these super-heroic, genius little elements that come together to make for a salad recipe that forces you to notice it! You cannot mindlessly eat this salad—its unique deliciousness will force you to stop and realize that something spectacular is going on in your mouth and on your plate. It’s just that good. Here’s everything you’ll need to make the salad:

Butter lettuce

Fresh mint leaves

Fresh chives



Dried minced onion

Fennel seeds

Cumin seeds

Sesame seeds

Sea salt

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make the Best Tahini Dressing Ever
Our pantry is never, ever without tahini. We use it in hummus, of course, but it also makes a fabulous base for creamy, vegan salad dressings. Tahini is really nutritious, too! So when we want a light lunch that still has enough oomph to power us through the afternoon, we turn to tahini dressing. Pair it with raw kale for a major superfood citation, or use it to dress more tender greens, like the butter lettuce we use in this salad. This toasted sesame, tahini dressing makes a great dip for veggies, too! This particular tahini salad dressing recipe has a lovely kick from fresh garlic and ginger, while sesame oil enhances tahini’s inherent savory earthiness. To make it, just combine:


Extra virgin olive oil

Apple cider vinegar


Toasted sesame oil

Honey (swap for agave if vegan)

Ground ginger

Fresh garlic

Herby Seedy Butter Lettuce Salad with Tahini Dressing in a bowl with a side of dressing
Herby Seedy Butter Lettuce Salad with Tahini Dressing on a plate

How To Make The Greatest Salad You’ll Ever Eat
Or at least one of them! This one is really a goodie. And here’s how to make it:

Make the tahini dressing! You can do this a day ahead of time, if you’d like to.

Stir together the seed mixture. You can do this way ahead of time! Weeks, even! Or, if you make this salad often (which you might start doing once you’ve tasted it) mix up a big batch of this special seed blend and label it “awesome salad seed mixture” (or whatever you want to label it—just a thought).

Wash, chop and generally prep all of the produce. Goodness gracious we hope you have a salad spinner, because this is its moment to shine!

In a big mixing bowl, toss together the butter lettuce, mint, chives and seed mixture.

Dress the salad. Start with a light pour—you can always add more to taste.

Top it with avocado, pistachios and another little sprinkling of seeds and tuck in!

Herby, Seedy Butter Lettuce Salad with Tahini Dressing

2-3 heads butter lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/3 cup pistachios, shelled, roughly chopped
1 large avocado, cut into bite size pieces
Seed Mixture
2 tsp dried minced onion
2 tsp fennel seeds
3 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp flaky sea salt
Sesame Dressing
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp tahini
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp ginger powder
2 garlic cloves, smashed or minced

In a small bowl mix together the minced dried onion, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, sesame seeds and flaky sea salt, set aside.
Make the sesame dressing: Add all of the ingredients to the base of a high powdered blender and blend until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
In a large bowl toss the butter lettuce, mint, chives and desired amount of seed mixture together with desired amount of dressing until fully combined.
Sprinkle with pistachios, avocado and any remaining seed mixture.

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