Butter Lettuce Salad with Fresh Cranberry Vinaigrette


TV chef Carla Hall loves to feature cranberries during the holidays. She tosses dried cranberries, as well as apricots and nuts, with greens and minces fresh cranberries in her vinaigrette. Slideshow: More Salad Recipes 

Total Time:
30 mins



  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper


  • 2 heads of butter lettuce

  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)

  • 1/4 cup sliced dried apricots

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped


Make the vinaigrette

  1. In a food processor, pulse the cranberries and sugar until finely chopped. Transfer half of the cranberries to a bowl. Add the lemon zest and juice to the processor; pulse to combine. Slowly drizzle in the oil. Add the vinaigrette to the bowl; season with salt and pepper.

Make the salad

  1. Arrange the lettuce, goat cheese, dried apricots, dried cranberries and pecans on a platter. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and serve.

Make Ahead

The vinaigrette can be refrigerated overnight.

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