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Butter Lettuce with Avocado, Orange and a Lime Vinaigrette

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Thank god it is Friday! I have been fighting off a cold and that mixed with the time change made for a long week! It is time for some relaxation! Is anyone doing anything fun for St. Patt’s?


After this weekend of drinking and heavy eating I think you should make this salad. Maybe for lunch on Monday? It is light and healthy so a great way to get you back on track.  A lot of people know butter lettuce because of lettuce wraps.  The silky yet firm texture makes a great little wrap for things like chicken or veggies.

I recently purchased butter lettuce (also known as Boston, Boston Bibb, Bibb) and decided to make a light and healthy salad with it. I am now officially in love with this lettuce. I have had it before in salads but forgot how great the texture is.

Butter Lettuce Salad

I am on a Spring kick now and even though it is still 35 degrees in Chicago (last year it was in the 70’s for St. Patrick’s Day!) I am eating springy foods.  This salad is light and has the flavors of avocado, oranges, red onion to compliment the butter lettuce with a light lime vinaigrette to top it off.


Butter Lettuce with Avocado, Orange and a Lime Vinaigrette

  • Author: Julia // A Cedar Spoon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Salad


The velvety texture of this butter lettuce pairs wonderfully with oranges, avocados, red onion and radish topped with a light lime vinaigrette dressing.



  • 1 small head of butter lettuce
  • 1/3 cup sliced radishes (about 3 medium sized radishes)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 of an orange, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • **Dressing ingredients**
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


  1. Rinse the lettuce and use a salad spinner to dry. Set aside.
  2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk or in a salad dressing container and put in refrigerator to chill.
  3. Trim the stem and any rough pieces off of the butter lettuce head. Tear pieces of the lettuce and put in a large salad bowl. Add the red onion, and radishes.
  4. Mix the salad with the lime dressing and toss gently. Garnish with the avocado and orange slices.


This type of green has a variety of names including butter lettuce, Boston Bibb, bibb or even a combo of those. My grocery store sells it under the name Boston Bibb lettuce. Great additions to this salad would be goat cheese, tomatoes, walnuts, or sesame seeds.

 Inspiration from Cooking Light Magazine


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Marie @ Not Enough

Tuesday 19th of March 2013

This salad looks really refreshing. I've never tried the avocado/orange combo but I love the idea. And red onion + avocado is just amazing...!! Perfect for lunch :)

A Cedar Spoon

Tuesday 19th of March 2013

Thanks Marie. I liked the avocado and orange together. I hadn't tried it before making this salad. I hope you like it.


Tuesday 19th of March 2013

I love this pretty simple salad, I've been picking up more butter lettuce lately, it's a nice change up from my usual romaine. Looks delicious.

A Cedar Spoon

Tuesday 19th of March 2013

Butter lettuce is the best--I think it is better than romaine (depending on what type of salad you are making).

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Saturday 16th of March 2013

Delicious looking salad, all creamy soft. Lovely photos too!