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Asparagus and Butterhead Lettuce Salad Lettuce Salad

Magazine article Sunset

Asparagus and Butterhead Lettuce Salad Lettuce Salad

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The texture of butterhead lettuce keeps this salad light and delicate.

PREP AND COOK TIME 30 minutes

MAKES 4 servings

NOTE You can use any tender, sweet lettuce in place of butterhead. Find perlini mozzarella at specialty grocery stores and Italian markets, or use a 4-oz. piece of fresh mozzarella grated on the large holes of a box grater or cut into1/4-in. pieces.

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  1 bunch asparagus (about 1 lb.)
  2. heads butterhead lettuce such as Boston or Bibb (see Notes)
  3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  5 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  1/2tsp.honey
  1/2 tsp.salt
  1/2 tsp. freshly shredded lemon zest
  1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  1/8 tsp. dry mustard
  4 oz. perlini mozzarella (tiny balls; see Notes)
  2 tbsp. pine nuts

1. Hold the end of an asparagus stalk and bend until it snaps off. Repeat with remaining stalks and discard woody ends. Slice trimmed spears on the diagonal into 1/8-in. lengths, leaving tips about 1 in. …

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