Bitter Leaf + Buttermilk Salad

by | Jan 31, 2019


  • 2 small heads of bitter lettuce (such as radicchio, castelfranco or chicory)
  • 75ml buttermilk 
  • Juice of ½ a lemon 
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 
  • Small bunch of chives, finely snipped 
  • 50g hazelnuts, toasted & roughly chopped 
  • Pure Sea Salt
  • Black pepper 

Serve this salad for jaded winter palates when the delicate bitter lettuces are at their best. Try and track down the Castelfranco variety (pictured) if you can – it’s speckled with pink and has a less intense flavour than purple radicchio. But any bitter lettuce will do the job nicely.

Wash and dry the lettuce well and place in a large mixing bowl.

Mix the buttermilk, lemon, olive oil and chives together in a jug and season well with salt and pepper.

Toss the dressing through the leaves and sprinkle over the toasted hazelnuts. Finish with a pinch of flaky salt for extra crunch.

RECIPE: Anna Shepherd
IMAGE: Jess Lea-Wilson

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