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This butter leaf lettuce salad with a lemon dill dressing, garlic croutons, hard-boiled eggs, and radishes is the perfect easy-to-make showstopping summer salad! Perfect for easy summer entertaining.

oval serving platter with butter leaf lettuce salad with a lemon dill dressing

The store was out of my regular butter leaf lettuce, so I picked up some red battavia lettuce instead, which is actually quite similar in taste and texture. I also think it looks really nice in the photos.

I would definitely make this salad with a tender lettuce such as butter leaf, red battavia, or bibb vs. something like romaine.

close-up of butter leaf salad with egg, radishes, and garlic croutons

I just fancied a nice dill dressing for some reason. I didn’t want to make anything too complicated, so I whisked together some Dijon mustard, garlic, salt & pepper, and olive oil (my go-to vinaigrette), and then I added in some fresh chopped dill.

The dressing is light, but the Dijon and garlic nicely emulsify so it thickens up a bit.

metal mixing bowl with lemon dill dressing and whisk glass bowl with sliced radishes

As always, I use my mandoline slicer to slice the radishes paper-thin. I like to do this because I find radishes a bit too sharp when they’re raw, and cutting them so thin takes a lot of that edge off. It’s funny… for my last birthday my mom bought me this protective kitchen glove to use for things like grating or using a mandoline.

At first I was amused (I’m normally a minimalist in the kitchen), and then I tried it and realized it’s a total game changer. I now slice small veggie (like radishes) on my mandoline with ease knowing that my fingers are safe. Here’s a pair on Amazon if you’re curious!

close-up of butter leaf lettuce salad on a plate

This salad makes me happy just looking at it, and it tastes even better! 😉

Will you make this tender lettuce salad?

This butter leaf lettuce salad with a lemon dill dressing, garlic croutons, hard-boiled eggs, and radishes is the perfect easy-to-make showstopping summer salad!
5 from 3 votes

Butter Leaf Lettuce Salad with a Lemon Dill Dressing

A colorful simple summer salad! 
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 head butter leaf lettuce torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 small bunch radishes sliced paper-thin
  • 2 eggs hard boiled 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped


  • 1/3 baguette cut into croutons
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • 2 heaping teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped 
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat over to 350F, and move the rack to the top position. 
  • Add the crouton ingredients to a baking sheet and toss together until evenly coated. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Cook your eggs. I boiled mine for 8 minutes. Let them cool in cold water until you're ready to peel them & assemble the salad. 
  • Meanwhile, add all the dressing ingredients to a small bowl except for the olive oil and dill. Slowly whisk the oil in a little bit at a time until you have a nicely emulsified mixture. Add the dill in right before you're ready to serve the salad.
  • Prep your radishes, parlsey, and lettuce, and add them to a large bowl. Peel & cut the eggs up into whatever size pieces you prefer. Add the croutons. Pour dressing over top or toss the salad together. Serve immediately. 

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  1. 5 stars
    I am with you in loving a dill based dressing. It is so underused but is really terrific drizzled over salads like this and even over a _ dare I even mention it without seeming naff – avo toast topped with hard-boiled eggs. Your images here are lust-making. I haven’t seen red batavia that I am aware of, but the colour is very eye-catching.

    1. Aww thanks, Kelly! Nothing wrong with avo toast!! 😉 Yes, it’s a bit of a crapshoot what kinds of lettuces appear here. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised, but then you get used to a certain item and it just disappears.

  2. I’ve restarted my on-again off-again relationship with dill! I love the idea of a lemon-dill dressing!! And those pretty radishes? Beauty!!

  3. 5 stars
    I just love the flavors and textures going on in this salad, Natasha. To me, dill is one of those quintessential summer tastes – I love that you added it to the dressing here.

  4. That dressing, those thinly sliced radishes and that soft butter leaf lettuce – love it all!

  5. This looks so delicious and light Natasha! Just the kind of salad I’m looking for during the summer. I love the hard boiled eggs and dill in the dressing!

    1. Thank you! Yeah, I was definitely pleased with it and enjoyed scoffing it after I took the photos. 🙂