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Grilled Little Gem Lettuces with Buttermilk Dressing and Parmesan

Points® value
Total Time
22 min
20 min
2 min
Use a sturdy vegetable peeler to thinly shave the cheese.


Fat free buttermilk

3 tbsp(s)

Reduced calorie mayonnaise

3 tbsp(s)

Plain fat free Greek yogurt

3 tbsp(s)

Uncooked scallions

1 medium, root end trimmed, chopped

Fresh parsley

1 tbsp(s), flat leaf, chopped

Fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp(s)

Dijon mustard

1 tsp(s)


1 clove(s), large, very finely chopped

Kosher salt

½ tsp(s), or to taste

Black pepper


Little Gem lettuce

8 head(s), or romaine hearts (make sure to use small heads)


4 medium, thinly sliced (watermelon radishes recommended for a pretty presentation)

Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

½ cup(s)


  1. In a small bowl or in the bowl of a mini prep food processor, combine buttermilk, mayonnaise and yogurt. Add scallion, parsley, lemon juice, mustard and garlic; stir or pulse to combine. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. Remove any wilted or torn outer leaves from lettuce. Using a chefs knife, halve each head of lettuce lengthwise; rinse heads well under cold running water, taking extra care to flush water between leaves to remove any soil. Place lettuce, cut-side down on a clean kitchen towel; pat dry as best as possible. (Any remaining water steams the lettuce instead of charring them on the grill.)
  3. Heat a grill pan over high heat until very hot. Add halved lettuce, cut-side down; grill until charred and lettuce wilts slightly, about 90 seconds.
  4. Place 2 lettuce halves on each of 8 plates; spoon 1 1/2 Tbsp dressing over each plate. Scatter 1/8 of radishes over each; top each plate with 1 Tbsp cheese. Season with freshly cracked black pepper; serve immediately.
  5. Serving size: 1 salad