Can lettuce really taste this great?
“Really, it’s just lettuce?” That’s what people ask when I make this as a side salad for lunch or dinner. It happened again when I made it last weekend. Well it’s four ingredients – fresh, cripsy lettuce, fresh dill, a great quality olive oil and lemon juice. And a touch of salt and pepper. It is one of the fastest and easiest salads ever. Even Mr Chief Taste-tester comes back for a second helping, and I promise you, he’s not a big fan of lettuce. So I hope you enjoy the this simple recipe for lettuce salad – in Greek, it’s called maroulosalata. Who’d have thought lettuce could taste this great?
Maroulosalata - Lettuce Salad
- 4 small cos lettuces, finely shredded
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare lettuce by washing it thoroughly and drying it in a salad spinner or with paper towels. Remove any damaged outer leaves.
- Shred the lettuce finely and place it in a serving bowl.
- Mix dill, olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl or jar to make the dressing.
- Pour salad dressing over lettuce. Toss thoroughly and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately.
Choosing olive oil: A simple salad like this needs a great olive oil. You can go for one of the more robust oils, or a lighter oil if you prefer. You can read our article about olive oil here.
Choosing lettuce: Actually, you can use almost any lettuce for this salad. I particularly like cos because my local farmers' market has such great cos lettuce.