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Butter Lettuce Salad with Mandarins, Asparagus and Manchego Cheese

  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 15 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 4
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Ingredients

1
head butter lettuce
1
cup mandarin oranges
1/2
lb cooked asparagus
Manchego cheese, to taste
1/4
cup olive oil
2
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
396.4
% Daily Value
Total Fat
32.8g
50%
Saturated Fat
12.8g
64%
Cholesterol
57.1mg
19%
Sodium
948.3mg
40%
Total Carbohydrate
11.8g
4%
Dietary Fiber
2.5g
10%
Sugars
8.0g
Protein
15.7g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
29.50%
30%
Calcium
42.70%
43%
Iron
11.30%
11%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information for this recipe is estimated using a leading nutrition calculation application, but is an estimate only.  Actual nutrition values will vary based on the exact ingredients or brands you may use.

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Expert Tips

You can serve the salad in individual bowls and accompany with a chicken breast or salmon.

Add blackberries or strawberries to the salad.

You can substitute the Manchego cheese for goat cheese or fresh mozzarella.

Directions

  • 1 Wash and cut the lettuce. Drain mandarins and save the juice to make a balsamic vinaigrette. Cook asparagus for 5-7 minutes, I like them crunchy so I add them to boiling water and then I turn off the heat. I leave them for about 5 minutes and then I drain them. I also like to sauté them on a grill with a little cooking spray.
  • 2 Add cooked asparagus and other ingredients to a bowl.
  • 3 Mix mandarin juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over salad and serve.

Butter lettuce is known as a “buttery” variety with a nice taste between bitter and sweet, which makes it perfect to serve with fruits and/or cheese. For this occasion, I prepared it with fresh asparagus, mandarins and Manchego cheese. I like to buy this variety of lettuce because it can be sautéed with other vegetables in a wok, without losing its essence.

Rate and Comment

Jeannette Quinones Jeannette Quinones
September 8, 2015

Butter lettuce is known as a “buttery” variety with a nice taste between bitter and sweet, which makes it perfect to serve with fruits and/or cheese. For this occasion, I prepared it with fresh asparagus, mandarins and Manchego cheese. I like to buy this variety of lettuce because it can be sautéed with other vegetables in a wok, without losing its essence.