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Chilled Lettuce-buttermilk Soup

Leaf lettuce in a buttermilk dressing is a longtime American country favorite.

Leaf lettuce in a buttermilk dressing is a longtime American country favorite. The recipe combines this classic rural flavor with the French tradition of chilled lettuce soup.

Chilled Lettuce-buttermilk SoupIngredients

  • 3 T. butter, divided 
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 small heads Boston, Bibb or Buttercrunch lettuce, leaves separated, rinsed and dried
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 cups buttermilk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cayenne or paprika to garnish


Pour buttermilk into large bowl or saucepan. In a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add shallots, increase heat to medium-high and sauté until softened. Remove from heat and add shallots to buttermilk, stirring thoroughly.

Prepare the lettuce by stacking several leaves and rolling them up together. Slice each roll into thin strips.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of butter in the skillet and add lettuce strips. Sauté for about three minutes, until lettuce is wilted. Stir lettuce strips and parsley into buttermilk-shallot mixture, then blend with an immersion blender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill at least three hours.

To serve, ladle into chilled soup bowls and sprinkle with cayenne or paprika. Serves 4 to 6.

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I think this sounds absolutely delicious. Can't wait to try it out. We get tons of Boston lettuce from our CSA, and never have any clue what to do with all of it. Sadly, I just used the last of our buttermilk, so it'll have to wait for grocery day :)
Eirinn, Portland, OR
Posted: 7/27/2013 3:41:04 PM
Buttermilk soup sound close to what I know as "soup salat" a family favorite from Gimli Manitoba. We don't cook it just cut up lettuce sprinkle salt until it wilts, then squeeze out the water. Add sour cream,vinegar and buttermilk to the wilted lettuce, so cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.
Kathy, Brentwood Bay, BC
Posted: 12/26/2011 9:11:58 PM
hmmm, looks interesting and though I'm French I do not wish for cold soup. I will alter it as an idea for a morning smoothie though. Full on buttermilk is an aquired taste, I'll cut that with soy. Great idea for a spin off t/y
Genny, syracuse, NY
Posted: 8/28/2011 9:05:45 AM
I think I'll pass on this one, too. Don't think the family would touch it with a ten foot pole.
l, r, NM
Posted: 5/25/2010 10:00:31 AM
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