Lemon & Black Pepper Dressing

I worked last weekend in New York, which meant I basically had a 12 day stretch of work without a break so by the time Friday rolled around I was ready for the weekend. Alex took me out on a surprise date and I was thrilled when I figured out where we were going! There’s a new restaurant that opened up near by, called The Betty on Davis. (It’s on Davis ave. so it was a clever play on words.)

The betty on davis, richmond va, rva

When we walked in, the hostess was so friendly. For a second, I thought maybe I knew her because she was so genuinely welcoming, but as it turns out, that’s just how the staff is! A few moments later, our server came by for our drink order and she was equally as friendly. Combine that with the fact that we could order a bottle of wine for $15 and I was already in love with the place. (They had a $15 bottle of red and a $15 bottle of white. They also had pricy wine for you fancy people, but I loved the house red that we got.)

The Betty on Davis has a fairly simple menu and I’m told that’s because they focus on the daily specials. Naturally, we had to get the daily specials! I went with the Tomato & Goat Cheese soup, with a mixed green salad and Alex went with the Norwegian Trout. I’ll admit, the place and people were so charming that I was really crossing my fingers that the food would be awesome so I could fall in love.

Luckily, the food did not disappoint. I loved the soup and the salad was a perfect combo. It left me feeling full but not stuffed and I was glad I was able to get something pretty healthy. I also stole a bite of Alex’s bread pudding (that his trout was served on) and it was awesome as well. I can’t wait to go back and try more of the menu items. The place is very affordable but still cute enough for a date night.

the betty on davis RVA

Apologies for the less than stellar photos. Dim restaurant lighting is a bit challenging!

Anyways, I was craving another salad on Saturday so I decided to recreate a similar dish. I grabbed some basic ingredients and whipped up a simple dressing.

lemon and black pepper salad dressing

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Lemon & Black Pepper Dressing
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A simple, light salad dressing, perfect for any mixed greens!
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 2
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small container and shake until combined.
  2. The dressing might separate a bit if you leave it out so just shake it up!
  3. Drizzle over salad or dip fresh veggies in it!
  4. This makes enough for 2 entree sized salads.

For the salad, I just used mixed greens, strawberries, goat cheese, and sliced almonds. The dressing was the perfect compliment to the sweet & salty flavors in the salad! My salad wasn’t quite as good as the one I had at The Betty on Davis (something tells me candied almonds would have made a big difference!) but it was still a good Saturday afternoon lunch.

Have you tried any new restaurants lately?


  1. That restaurant sounds so cute! I keep telling myself to get to Richmond more often, especially since half my family and friends are there. I’ll definitely keep that place on my short list of ones to try. $15 wine would totally rope me in too.

  2. Mmm love the sound of your dressing…and salad for that matter! Berries + cheese + nuts is always a delish combo! Although I haven’t tried a new restaurant recently, I am off to Sri Lanka next week so I will surely be making up for that!

  3. Can your husband give my boyfriend some advice on dates? I’ve been asking for two years for a surprise date! lol. It’s not often we have alone time with the kiddos.

  4. I love the name of this restaurant! Anytime a restaurant has a unique/cute name, I almost always love it!

  5. Lemon pepper dressing? That’s a great idea! I always put lemon pepper seasoning on fish or chicken when I bake it so I know I would love this!

  6. “For a second, I thought maybe I knew her because she was so genuinely welcoming, but as it turns out, that’s just how the staff is!” – what a compliment! we recently went to a restaurant where the whole staff was very aloof, and it was so, so odd! i think they were told not to make eye contact? anyway – definitely prefer friendliness! and how awesome of alex to plan a surprise date? such a good guy πŸ™‚

  7. Just judging by the ingredients to this, I think I would really like it. The dressing looks fabulous.

    The newest restaurant I tried? Oh geez, that was embarrassingly a few weeks ago. I am tomorrow though πŸ™‚

  8. I love the sound of that dressing! It looks pretty delicious with your salad and I bet it would be great on roasted veggies too- yum!

  9. That salmon looks perfect!
    I love lemon and black pepper dressing too. It is one of my favourites as it is so easy to make, but really full of flavour too.

  10. TOMATO AND GOATS CHEESEEE! Oooooh maaaaannnn that sounds good! Yum! As does a lemon and black pepper dressing, simple, yet delicious I am sure! Sounds like you had a great meal out. We went to melting pot this weekend, wasnt new, but was wonderful!

  11. I’m such a sucker for salmon on salad. Looks delish! πŸ™‚ And that recipe sounds so easy, thanks for sharing! Store bought dressings tend to have too much sugar/salt for me!

  12. Hi Liz! I was just thinking today how I need a delicious and simple salad dressing recipe. This couldn’t be more perfect! My in-laws are coming to town this weekend, which is why I’ve been thinking about this. Any recommendations on an easy and delicious meal for mid-Western folks who aren’t adventurous eaters and dislike seafood?? Thanks πŸ™‚ Take care!

    • Hmm unfortunately I only have meatless recipes in my arsenal πŸ˜‰ haha but if they’re open to meatless I feel like a veggie lasagna is always a mid-western crowd-pleaser (both my husband and I are from the midwest so we know all about the meat + potatoes culture! haha)

  13. I’m so outta the loop I hadn’t even heard of this place! I’ll definitely have to check out, it’s so close!

  14. I love trying new restaurants with my boy! I’ve never had trout, so I wonder how that was! Love the sound of this dressing- I’ve never really made my own!

  15. This sounds soooo good to use as a chicken marinade! I am not a fan of dressing for salads but for marinades, heck yes!

  16. Sounds like a very cool restaurant! Glad you enjoyed yourself and thanks for sharing this awesome salad dressing πŸ™‚ mmm delish! Have a great one Liz! -Iva

  17. That dressing sounds REALLY good! I look forward to trying it.

  18. I tried lots of new restaurants last week on holiday and had a blast! Your dressing looks delicious : )

  19. I SEE CRISPY SALMON SKIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite! I would dunk it in this dressing! πŸ˜‰

  20. Mmmm! That dressing sounds delicious! And now I need to try out The Betty on Davis!

  21. Thank heavens for a delicious looking salad dressing. I can now use that in replace to the one I just bought. I had high hopes for this creamy avocado dressing when I purchased it, but my word was it horrible πŸ™


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