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Maroulosalata: A Traditional Greek Lettuce Salad

Maroulosalata (μαρουλοσαλάτα in Greek) is one of my favorite salads! This Greek traditional lettuce salad has a great, mild flavor taste and pairs surprisingly well with all meat dishes. Greeks usually like to eat maroulosalata during Easter meal, at spring, and during summer.

To make this specific Greek lettuce salad you need lettuce, scallions, dill, vinegar, Greek olive oil, salt, and pepper. There are of course quite many variations to this recipe as you can add other vegetables or even boiled eggs and Greek olive oils. It is important to wash well the lettuce before you start making the salad. I advise you to separate the leaves and wash them with some fresh water. Then, place them in a bowl filled with water and a tablespoon of vinegar and let them in the bowl for at least 30 minutes. Wash them again with some fresh water before cutting them.

For me, maroulosalata is even great as a standalone meal. Sometimes when I am really hungry in the afternoon and I want to make something easy, healthy and low in calories, maroulosalata is one of my first options. To make this salad even healthier, you can add chicken breast pieces to it. I also like to add some whole grain croutons.

This specific maroulosalata recipe serves 4 to 6 persons and it takes less than 20 minutes to prepare!

Maroulosalata (Greek Lettuce Salad) – Ingredients

  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce
  • 6 scallions, sliced
  • ½ cup of fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of Greek mizithra cheese (optional)

Maroulosalata (Greek Lettuce Salad) Dressing  – Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of black ground pepper (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons of Greek olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried garlic powder (optional)

Maroulosalata (Greek Lettuce Salad)  – Instructions

  1. Start making maroulosalata by removing the tough ribs.
  2. Cut the romaine lettuce into bite-size pieces with a knife or your hands.
  3. Wash well the lettuce pieces with cold water several times.
  4. Allow the romaine lettuce pieces to dry well.
  5. Take a bowl. Add romaine lettuce, scallions and dill to bowl.
  6. Take another small bowl. Add salad dressing ingredients.
  7. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  8. Add the dressing to the salad a little at a time to taste. Mix gently as you go.
  9. Sprinkle the mizithra cheese (optional) over the top of the salad. Mix it again.
  10. Taste and add more salt and pepper. Stir once again.
  11. Serve immediately.

If you liked maroulosalata, you definitely try lahanosalata! Stay tuned for more traditional Greek recipes. Enjoy!

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