Romaine Salad with Simple Vinaigrette
For an easy healthy side dish, you’re going to love this Romaine Salad Recipe with a Simple Vinaigrette Dressing. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free.
Maybe you’ve seen romaine lettuce at the store, but you thought it was too complicated to prepare? It’s actually very simple to wash and chop romaine lettuce, toss it in a bowl with an easy vinaigrette, and serve it as a delicious and healthy side dish.
You can even make romaine salad a whole meal by topping it with your favorite cooked lean protein.
How to Prepare Romaine
Many stores now carry romaine lettuce that is already washed, chopped, and ready to be eaten. But, it’s usually more budget-friendly to buy whole heads of romaine.
To prepare the romaine, just chop off the bottom few inches and discard the root. Then, chop the whole head of romaine into about 2-inch pieces. Place the leaves in a salad spinner to be cleaned and spun dry. I like this stainless steel salad spinner.
Then, you can prepare the romaine salad from there, or place the leaves in a bag with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. Prepared romaine in general can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Simple Vinaigrette Recipe
I don’t generally get fancy with my salad dressings, and this vinaigrette is my go-to version. I just shake together olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and some salt and pepper. That’s it! See the recipe card below for the exact measurements.
You might also like my recipe for Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.
How to Make Romaine Salad
Once you have the romaine and the dressing prepared, making this simple Romaine Salad is as easy as tossing the two together, and then adding any extras, like sliced tomatoes.
So easy, right?
Romaine salads are crunchy, mild in flavor, and perfect for pairing with your favorite main dishes.
Recipe Tips & Substitutions
- If you don’t have a salad spinner, shake the excess water off the lettuce and then place it on a dry dish towel. Place another one on top and gently press into the lettuce to dry it well. Don’t press too hard. You can also use paper towels.
- It’s important that the romaine lettuce isn’t too wet from rinsing or the vinaigrette won’t adhere to the lettuce.
- You can add croutons or cut up veggies for additional crunch.
- If you don’t have olive oil on hand, see my list of substitutes for olive oil.
If you have excess romaine you can use it for lettuce wraps, burrito bowls, sandwiches, top it with chicken or tuna salad, and use it in turkey wraps.
Look for heads that aren’t wilted or brown but look crisp. They should be heavy for their size with tightly closed leaves.
Ideally you should wash the leaves right before using. Once the lettuce is washed it will perish quicker in the refrigerator. Don’t worry if you’ve already washed the lettuce, simply place a few paper towels in a container and place the lettuce on top. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
Other Healthy Salads You Might Like
- Lentil & Wild Rice Salad
- Carrot Cucumber Salad
- Copycat Costco Quinoa Salad
- Sweet Potato Beet Salad
- Mango Avocado Salad
- Sweet Kale Salad with Creamy Dressing
- Whole30 Coleslaw
Even More Healthy Salad Recipes!
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- 1 head of romaine lettuce, washed and chopped (about 6 cups)*
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Combine the chopped romaine lettuce in a large serving bowl. Add the chopped tomatoes.
- Then, in a small jar, combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Put a lid on the jar and shake vigorously until the ingredients are well combined.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
- Serve immediately.
- * To prepare a head of romaine, just chop off the bottom few inches and discard the root. Then, chop the whole head of romaine into about 2-inch pieces. Place the leaves in a salad spinner to be cleaned and spun dry. Then, you can prepare the romaine salad from there, or place the leaves in a bag with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. Prepared romaine in general can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- If you want to prepare the salad ahead of time to serve later, wait to pour the dressing on the salad until just before serving.
- Store any prepared salad leftovers in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Salad
- Method: Tossed
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
Keywords: how to chop romaine lettuce, easy salad recipe, romaine lettuce salad
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