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Recipe Charred Baby Cos Lettuce with Herbed Oat Buttermilk Dressing

Cos lettuce gets a glow-up in this super refreshing summer salad, layered with a beautifully herbed, citrus-infused creamy dressing and fresh pops of grapefruit!

You will need

Serves 2

  • 2 baby cos, cut in half lengthwise
  • 10ml vegetable oil

For the dressing

  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1/2 bunch chives
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly toasted
  • 100ml plant-based cream (e.g. soy or coconut based)
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1 cheek preserved lemon
  • Salt and pepper

To finish

  • 1 ruby red grapefruit
  • 5 strands chives, finely chopped

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Directions

10 mins to prep

10 mins to cook

  1. Step 1

    Pour the vegetable oil on your hands and then rub your hands over the cut side of the cos. With the medium stove burner on high, place a cake rack or an oven shelf over it and place the cos on, listening to it crackle and sizzle. If you don't have gas, a bbq would work and if not a bbq then a very hot heavy based pan will work fine too, it just won’t have the same smokey flavour, but still delicious.

  2. Step 2

    Cook each cos for a couple of minutes until the edges of the leaves are blackened and you can see the inner leaves releasing it’s moisture. Lay each one on your serving dish.

  3. Step 3

    While they cool, in a mortar and pestle place add the parsley leaves and a little salt and grind them to a paste, then add the thyme leaves and do the same and then the same with the chives. Finely add the fennel seeds, cream, lemon juice, dice up the preserved lemon and add that to the mixture, no longer grinding to a paste but stirring to mix together.

  4. Step 4

    Spoon over the charred lettuce. Then using a sharp knife cut off the peel and pith of the grapefruit and cut out segments, scatter them over the top of the lettuce and serve with some chives.

Recipe: Simon Toohey