Warm little gem salad with ranch dressing

Warm little gem salad with ranch dressing

The difference in texture that comes with braising little gem is quite remarkable – once softened through gentle heat, it takes on a wonderful velvety quality.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseLunch
  • Prepare25 mins
  • Cook15 mins
  • Total time40 mins

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  • 4 little gem lettuces, ends trimmed, cut in ½ lengthways
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 2 clove/s garlic, crushed
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 3 sprig/s thyme
  • 1 pinch chilli flakes
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • ½ x 100g pack Cheese & Shallot Croutons

Ranch dressing

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 clove/s garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • 180ml extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ x 20g pack tarragon, leaves finely chopped
  • ¼ x 25g pack flat leaf parsley, leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp creme fraiche


  1. For the dressing, put the egg yolks in a food processor with the garlic, mustard powder, the juice of ½ a lemon and a pinch of salt. Turn on the processor, then pour in the oil in a very slow, steady trickle until combined. Spoon into a bowl, then stir in the herbs and crème fraîche. Season, adding more lemon juice if needed. Cover and set aside in the fridge.

  2. In a large bowl, toss the little gem halves in the oil and season. Gently heat a lidded heavy-based pan, then add the butter. Arrange the lettuce halves in the pan, cut-side down, and fry over a medium-high heat until golden (4-6 minutes). Reduce the heat to medium, add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute. Pour in the stock, thyme and chilli flakes, cover with a lid (or baking tray) and simmer for 2 minutes. Uncover, add the lemon juice, then simmer to reduce the stock until almost completely evaporated (about 5 minutes). Transfer the braised lettuce to a serving dish, spoon over the reduced stock, scatter over the croutons and dollop with the ranch dressing.


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839kJ/ 689kcals



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