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Bibb Salad with ’Buttermilk’ Dressing

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This unique salad is a colorful combination of complementary textures and flavors. Tender lettuce and string beans come together with sweet roasted beets, crunchy cornbread croutons, bacon and creamy buttermilk dressing, which gets an extra bit of flavor from the goat cheese. It is as pretty as it is delicious and your guests will surely enjoy it. You can serve the salad in a large serving bowl or plate it individually.

Yield: 12 servings
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3/4 cup mayonnaise*

1/3 cup LACTAID® Fat Free Milk

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1 teaspoon chopped onion

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1 teaspoon chopped parsley

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

2 ounces goat cheese**


4 heads Bibb lettuce, cored and leaves separated
1/2 pound string beans, ends trimmed, and blanched
1/2 cup croutons (preferably made from cornbread)
1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon
1/2 cup roasted beets (see Chef's Note below)
1 cup goat cheese**


  1. Prepare Dressing. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a large bowl, mixing until smooth. (The cheese might still be somewhat lumpy, but that is fine). Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Blanch String Beans. Bring water to a boil, and cook string beans for approximately 2 minutes. Drain and dry with paper towels.
  3. Make Salad. Combine the lettuce, string beans, croutons and bacon in a large bowl. Pour about half of the dressing overtop and toss gently to coat.
  4. To Serve: Evenly divide salad onto 12 individual plates. Divide the beets evenly and sprinkle with goat cheese.


* For a healthier version, use light mayonnaise.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: about 1/12th of the salad and 2 Tbsp. dressing

Amount Per Serving

Calories 243
Total Fat 20.57g
Calories from Fat 185.14kcal
Saturated Fat 6.56g
Cholestrol 30.80mg
Sodium 462.54mg
Total Carbohydrate 4.99g
Dietary Fiber 1.39g
Sugars 2.13g
Protein 9.59g
Calcium 71.68mg

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