This simple Greek salad, called Maroulosalata, is made with crunchy romaine, salty feta, fresh herbs, and a simple dressing made from olive oil and lemon juice. It’s a classic salad that is delicious yet easy to make!
What is Maroulosalata?
Maroulosalata is a traditional Greek salad that is simple yet delicious. The name “maroulosalata” translates to “lettuce salad,” which is exactly what it sounds like. It is a refreshing and light salad made with finely chopped lettuce and tossed with a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Why I Love This Recipe
There is a local Greek restaurant here in Richmond called Stella’s that serves Maroulosalata. I’ve had it so many times and I love it so much, I decided to try making it at home. I love that this recipe is so simple and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. It’s the perfect side dish to pair with some of my favorite Greek dishes, but I’ve also enjoyed it as a main dish, topped with roasted chickpeas!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Lettuce– I prefer a crunchy romaine for this salad but you can use iceberg, if that’s what you have on hand.
- Feta– Technically, the feta is optional, but I think it adds a nice salty flavor.
- Dill– Fresh dill adds a delicious and refreshing flavor. Don’t substitute for dried dill.
- Parsley– Fresh parsley also adds an herbal, earthy flavor. I recommend flat leaf parsley but curly parsley works fine.
- Scallions– These are also called green onions. I used the green part, only.
- Olive oil– It’s important to use a high quality olive oil. I like O Olive Oil and California Olive Ranch.
- Lemon– Fresh lemon juice is essential for the dressing.
How to Make Maroulosalata
Tips for the Best Maroulosalata
- I recommend using a salad spinner after washing the lettuce to ensure that the lettuce is as dry as possible before adding the dressing. If your lettuce is damp, the dressing won’t cling to the lettuce leaves, and you’ll end up with a soggy, bland salad.
- Use a high quality feta cheese. I prefer to buy a block of feta rather than pre-crumbled cheese. Pre-crumbled feta can be dry and dusty, whereas a block of feta tends to be rich and creamy.
What to Serve with Maroulosalata
Try this salad with my baked Greek pasta or gigantes beans. This makes a great light lunch topped with these crispy chickpeas. It can also be paired with this lemon chickpea soup, which is a vegetarian twist on classic avgolemono soup.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the lettuce in Greek salad?– It’s typically made with romaine lettuce, although a variety of lettuces could be used.
- Is Maroulosalata healthy? This salad is a great way to fill up on greens! This salad is a great way to fill up on greens! It’s somewhat high in fat, but most of the fat is healthy fat from the olive oil. As always, this recipe is meant to be enjoyed in moderation.
- What is the dressing made of in a traditional Greek salad? Most Greek salad dressings are a simple combination of olive oil, a type of vinegar or lemon juice, and simple seasonings.
- Can I make this recipe vegan? Yes! To make this recipe vegan, just skip the feta cheese.
This simple Greek salad, called Maroulosalata, is made with crunchy romaine, salty feta, fresh herbs, and a simple dressing made from olive oil and lemon juice. It’s a classic salad that is delicious, yet easy to make!
- 1 head of romaine lettuce, thinly sliced (about 5–6 cups)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
- 2 green onions, green parts only
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Salt to taste
- In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, parsley, dill, green onions, and feta cheese.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
Keywords: Maroulosalata, Greek Lettuce Salad