Little Gem Salad with Yogurt Ranch

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Today is all about this little gem salad with yogurt ranch! This little gem salad recipe is absolutely everything and more. A creamy yogurt ranch tossed with crunchy little gem lettuce leaf and really quick panko breadcrumbs and some sunflower seeds. Oh and loads of shredded parmesan (obvi!).

If you want some more recipes with little gems, check out our Little Gem Wedge Salad with a Gorgonzola Dressing and our Little Gem Caesar Salad with Panko Breadcrumbs!

What is little gem lettuce?

Little gem lettuce looks like a mini size romaine. It has vibrant green leaves (sometimes with some darker purple). I find it to be a little bit less pungent than the full size romaine.

Little Gem Salad with Yogurt Ranch

What ingredients do you need to make this salad recipe?

Little gem lettuce: You can also use romaine, butter lettuce, or anything you can get your hands on!

For the yogurt ranch: It begins with yogurt and mayo. Tossed with garlic, fresh herbs like dill and parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper and olive oil.

Cheese: I LOVE shredded parmesan with this! Other options to swap in that could work would be blue cheese, feta cheese, pecorino romano cheese.

Kosher salt and black pepper

Other ingredients you can add: any toasted nuts like pine nuts, walnuts, etc., thinly shaved red onions, avocado, tomatoes, radish just to name a few. You can also add any proteins like chicken or shrimp!

Little Gem Salad with Yogurt Ranch

How to make this salad with yogurt ranch

Wash your little gem lettuce

Wash your lettuce, dry and set aside.

Make your panko breadcrumbs

In a small dry skillet, add your breadcrumbs with a pinch of salt, black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Toast on low heat until toasty and fragrant, keep mixing so that it gets crispy on all sides and not burnt! Set aside to cool. You can also toast in the oven on a sheet tray if you prefer as well.

Make your yogurt ranch

In a small bowl, add in your yogurt, mayo, garlic clove (minced), dill, parsley, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil. Whisk until emulsified and combined.

Assemble!

In a large bowl, add in your washed lettuce, yogurt ranch, panko breadcrumbs, sunflower seeds (optional), shredded parmesan, fresh pepper and toss! Finish off with a little bit more panko for extra crunch and serve.

Little Gem Salad with Yogurt Ranch

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Little Gem Salad with Yogurt Ranch
5 from 2 votes

Little Gem Salad with Yogurt Ranch

Today is all about this little gem salad with yogurt ranch! This little gem salad recipe is absolutely everything and more.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

Salad

  • 3 to 4 little gems, washed, leaves torn off
  • shredded parmesan and sunflower seeds to serve
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Yogurt Ranch

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced dill
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water, to thin out, if needed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Wash your lettuce, dry and set aside.
  • Make your panko breadcrumbs. In a small dry skillet, add your breadcrumbs with a pinch of salt, black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Toast on low heat until toasty and fragrant, keep mixing so that it gets crispy on all sides and not burnt! Set aside to cool. You can also toast in the oven on a sheet tray if you prefer as well.
  • Make your yogurt ranch. In a small bowl, add in your yogurt, mayo, garlic clove (minced), dill, parsley, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil. Whisk until emulsified and combined.
  • Assemble! In a large bowl, add in your washed lettuce, yogurt ranch, panko breadcrumbs, sunflower seeds (optional), shredded parmesan, fresh pepper and toss! Finish off with a little bit more panko for extra crunch and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 627kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 57g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g, Monounsaturated Fat: 30g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 408mg, Potassium: 106mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 19IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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