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lettuce and walnut salad with mustard-dill vinaigrette

Rebecca Eisenberg
Garlic-toasted walnuts coated, crunchy romaine, and sweet carrots tossed in a mustard-dill vinaigrette make this a salad even non-salad people enjoy. Wait to toss everything together until the last possible minute to keep all the ingredients crisp.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings




  • 2 heads romaine lettuce (cut into 1" strips)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • garlic powder
  • salt

mustard-dill vinaigrette

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon dill weed (not dill seed)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


  • Whisk all salad dressing ingredients together in a measuring cup or small bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over low-medium heat. Toss walnuts in skillet with garlic and salt until very aromatic and the walnuts begin to take on a slightly darker color. Keep an eye on these — if you don’t keep them moving around the pan, they might burn!
  • Remove the toasted walnuts from the pan onto a paper towel. When cool enough to touch, taste one and add more garlic salt as needed.
  • Chop whole head of romaine in thin approximately 1″ strips from top to bottom. Make your strips thinner as you get closer to the pale white stem — that part of the leaf is more bitter than the top. Rinse, along with carrots, in a salad spinner, and spin thoroughly to dry.
  • Right before serving, toss lettuce and carrots together in a salad bowl. Whisk the dressing again. Pour over the salad and toss until the dressing evenly coats the lettuce leaves. Garnish with walnuts.


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