When going to posh restaurants, notice that often, the best dishes are the ones that are incredibly simple. The key lies in using the freshest, organic ingredients possible and in showcasing bold flavors. Here’s a great salad recipe that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and serve, but it’s highly nutritious and draws loyal fans through its distinctive flavors.

Serves 4

8 leaves butter lettuce, rinsed and thoroughly drained
1 cup plain Lassi (substitute with plain yogurt)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup (tightly packed) cilantro leaves & sprigs
1/2 cup (tightly packed) basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt + for sprinkling on lettuce


Using a food processor or blender, mix the Lassi, garlic, cilantro, basil and salt, pulsing until smooth.

Arrange the butter lettuce on a serving plate. Drizzle the dressing over the lettuce. Sprinkle very lightly with salt. Serve immediately.