Lettuce Salad

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Lettuce Salad is a must-try and one of my family’s favorites! It is loaded with fresh vegetables on a bed of crisp lettuce! And you’ll love the easy lemon vinaigrette which ties it all together!

Lettuce, cucumbers and other vegetables on a platter

Crunchy, fresh and satisfying, this salad is bound to become your favorite too! Serve this salad with some Sourdough Bread Grilled Cheese and some Pan Seared Ribeye Steak for a satisfying dinner.

And for more salad recipes, check out our Chicken Avocado Salad and Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad.

Why This Recipe Works

Hands down one of my favorite salads to make and for several reasons:

  1. It is pretty! It makes a stunning presentation on the table!
  2. It is loaded with nutrients! This is a great way to eat your colors and load up on several nutrients.
  3. It is easy to make! This recipe is not complicated at all plus there are step-by-step pictures below to show you how to make the best lettuce salad!

Lettuce make some salad, shall we?

Lettuce Salad Ingredients:

1. Lettuce. I use green leaf lettuce but other kinds of lettuce like romaine or iceberg lettuce would work as well.

2. Cucumbers. Any cucumber will work for this salad. However be sure to peel the cucumber if using garden cucumber as the skin tends to be bitter.

Peeled garden cucumber on a chopping board

3. Carrots. Carrot adds sweetness and color to the salad.

4. Avocado. Avocado adds creaminess to this salad with lettuce. I large avocado or 2 small avocados will work.

5. Hard-boiled eggs. Hard-boiled eggs add extra protein.

6. Red onion. A little red onion adds a nice zing and some color to the salad.

lettuce, carrots, cucumber, avocado, eggs on a tray

For the lettuce salad dressing, you only need lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and black pepper. It is a great dressing that will go well with many salads!

See the recipe card below with a detailed list of ingredients and instructions.

How To Cut Lettuce For Salad

Check out the corresponding picture for each numbered step below!

1. Cut the end of the core of the lettuce (see picture below).

2. Separate the lettuce leaves and thoroughly rinse them.

3. Dry the lettuce leaves by spinning them in a salad spinner. If you do not have a salad spinner, place on a clean kitchen towel or good quality paper towel to absorb the excess water.

4. Stack a quarter of the dried lettuce leaves on a chopping board.

5. Slice the leaves accross the core.

6. Chop the leaves.

step but step photos showing how to cut lettuce for salad

How To Make Lettuce Salad

Arrange chopped lettuce, shredded carrots, sliced cucumber, sliced avocado, sliced hard-boiled egg and sliced red onion on a large platter.

Vegetables for lettuce salad on a serving platter

Make the dressing: in a mixing bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together freshly squeezed lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, black pepper and salt.

simple lemon vinaigrette in a measuring cup

To serve the salad, use salad tongs to grab and place the vegetables on a plate or in a salad bowl. Drizzle the dressing on top as desired.

A serving of lettuce salad in a bowl with lemon dressing drizzled on top

Pour the leftover dressing into a small jar with a tight-fitting lid and store it in the refrigerator to use on other salads. This is an easy homemade dressing with great flavor!


Experiment with these variations for your lettuce salad:

  • Different dressings: Love a creamy dressing like a ranch style dressing? Use that instead. You could also add a sweetener like honey to the lemon vinaigrette this recipe calls for.
  • Bacon: Add some cooked and crumbled bacon for extra crunch.
  • Different kinds of lettuce: For a more complex flavor, consider using 3 different kinds of lettuce instead of just one.
  • Spring mix: Consider using spring mix in place of lettuce.

Recipe FAQs

How Many Calories in Lettuce Salad?

Each serving of this Lettuce Salad is 193 calories. This takes into consideration the fact that not all the dressing is used for the salad.

What is the best lettuce for salad?

Romaine, green leaf lettuce, butterhead lettuce, and iceberg lettuce all make great salads!

What ingredients to put in a salad?

Apart from fresh chopped vegetables consider adding other ingredients like nuts or seeds, dried fruit or cooked protein to your salad.

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Lettuce, cucumbers and other vegetables on a platter

Lettuce Salad

5 from 5 votes
Lettuce Salad with fresh crisp vegetables and a light lemon vinaigrette. The perfect healthy salad for the whole family, for potlucks, summer parties and entertaining. Serve with some grilled fish or chicken on the side and you have the perfect healthy dinner!
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, rinsed, spun dry and chopped Romaine or iceberg lettuce would work as well
  • 1 garden cucumber – peeled and sliced Any other cucumber would work
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced or 2 medium avocados
  • 2 medium carrots, washed and shredded
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced

Lettuce Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed from 1 medium lemon
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly cracked
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Hard-boil, peel and slice eggs. Place 2 eggs in a sauce pan. Completely cover with water. Place on high heat and bring to a boil. Let them boil for 10 minutes. Remove eggs from sauce pan with a slotted spoon. Place in a bowl filled with ice and cool water and let them sit in the water for 5 minutes.
    Remove the eggs and wipe with a kitchen cloth. Peel the eggs and slice them into quarters.
  • Rinse, spin and chop the lettuce. Cut off the core of the lettuce (the white part at the end) then discard. Carefully separate the lettuce leaves then thoroughly rinse them. Place in a salad spinner and spin until dry. (If you do not have a salad spinner, dry the leaves with a clean kitchen towel or good quality paper towel.)
  • Stack a quarter of the lettuce leaves on a chopping board. Slice in the middle across the core then chop the leaves. (Please see step by step photos in the post to see what I mean.
  • Arrange the lettuce leaves on a large platter.
  • Arrange the salad. Arrange the other vegetables over the lettuce leaves: the cucumber, avocado, carrots, and red onions. Also add the hard-boiled eggs.
    Cover the salad with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready to serve!
  • Make the dressing: Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a small mixing bowl or a liquid measuring cup. Whisk well to combine. The dressing will thicken up.
  • Serve. Use a salad serving tong to place some of the salad unto a plate. Be sure to get all the vegetables and some slices of egg. Drizzle the dressing over the salad as desired. Toss to combine and enjoy!


1. I used green lettuce but other kinds of lettuce like romaine or iceberg lettuce would work too.
2. The dressing for this salad is a little more than required. Save the rest of the dressing in the fridge for pouring over other salads like Chicken Avocado Salad or Avocado Salad.
3. Nutritional information is an estimate and takes into consideration the fact that not all the dressing is used in the salad.
4. You could replace the carrots with tomatoes or bell peppers.


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 8014IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Western
Calories: 266
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