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This Garden Lettuce Dressing is super easy to make with just three ingredients. Toss with your favorite fresh garden lettuce for a refreshing summer side dish!

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garden lettuce dressing in a small jar

When we moved into our new home this spring, I was worried I was going to be too late to plant a garden. And being so last minute, I figured I’d keep the garden fairly small this first year and test out my green thumb.

I chose just a few different vegetables, but the first one I picked was some Black Seeded Simpson leaf lettuce. Sound like a lame pick?? Ok, maybe, but it’ll always go down as my favorite garden produce when paired with this super easy, three-ingredient dressing! Give it a try and you’ll see why I’ll never NOT plant some lettuce!

ingredients for garden lettuce dressing

Ingredients for Garden Lettuce Dressing

  • White sugar
  • Vinegar – I like to use simple white distilled vinegar, but you could also try apple cider or red wine vinegar
  • Cream or Half & Half – I just use whatever I’ve got on hand! Cream is absolutely delightful and rich, but half & half is fewer calories and is just as yummy!
Simple cream dressing being poured on a bowl of fresh garden lettuce

What’s the best leaf lettuce to grow in the garden?

I really like Black Seeded Simpson. It’s easy to grow and produces a very soft, tender lettuce perfect for this dressing. I’m sure there are other varieties that would work great too, just make sure it’s a tender leaf lettuce, rather than a super crisp lettuce.

When is lettuce ready to harvest?

It depends on the variety you plant, but Black Seeded Simpson takes about 45 days to mature. It’s best to pick (or rather cut) the lettuce before it reaches full maturity. When it’s about 6-10 inches tall, it’ll be soft, curly and tender. If it gets too much larger than that, it’ll become thick and bitter.

Garden lettuce with dressing in a white bowl

How to Store Garden Lettuce

When I cut lettuce out of the garden, I like to wash it and prepare it for the fridge right away. I wash each leaf, then dry it in a salad spinner. Next, I’ll grab a large bowl, line it with paper towels and loosely place the lettuce in the bowl, adding additional paper towels throughout. This keeps it dry and keeps it from wilting. Store in the fridge for 5-7 days.

My Other Favorite Salads & Dressings

Balsamic Vinaigrette – This quick and easy balsamic vinaigrette is full of flavor – so good that you’ll never buy store bought again!

Cranberry Pecan Salad – Drizzled with the homemade raspberry vinaigrette, this salad is vibrant and full of flavor!

Hot Bacon Salad Dressing – You can never go wrong with this one – then again, isn’t anything with a little bacon better?!

Garden Lettuce Dressing on lettuce on a silver fork

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Garden Lettuce Dressing in a small jar
5 from 2 votes

Garden Lettuce Dressing

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
This Garden Lettuce Dressing is super easy to make with just three ingredients. Toss with your favorite fresh garden lettuce for a refreshing summer side dish!


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cream OR half & half


  • In a small jar, shake together the sugar and vinegar.
  • Add the cream OR half and half and shake until combined.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Toss with fresh garden lettuce and serve immediately.


NOTE:  This recipe would be enough for about 10-15 cups of lettuce (about 10 – 1 1/2 cup servings).  
BATCH SIZE:  This recipe is extremely easy to make more or less of.  Just remember it’s 2 parts sugar, 1 part vinegar and 2 parts cream!


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 16mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 121IU | Calcium: 9mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. Nancy Macklin says:

    5 stars
    An oldie but a goodie!

  2. 5 stars
    I have loved this since I was a child.

    1. Me too!!! It’s such a nostalgic recipe for me! 🙂 -Kelsey

  3. My neighbor gave me some lettuce from her garden & I right away thought of the lettuce salad dressing my mom always made but wasn’t sure which ingredients you mix together first so titled didn’t curdle so I was so happy to find this recipe – thx so much!

  4. What kind of vinegar do I use, red wine, white wine, apple cider or just regular vinegar?