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.

two bowls of torn romaine salad with tomatoes

Easy Salad Recipe

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

head of romaine with a knife ready to be chopped

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.

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

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.

bowl of salad with jarred dressing

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.

romaine salad with chopped baby tomatoes

So easy, right?

Romaine salads are crunchy, mild in flavor, and perfect for pairing with your favorite main dishes.

Other Healthy Salads You Might Like

salad with cherry tomatoes on top

Here is the printable recipe:

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bowl of salad with tomatoes

Romaine Salad with Simple Vinaigrette


  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

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. 


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, washed and chopped (about 6 cups)*
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the chopped romaine lettuce in a large serving bowl. Add the chopped tomatoes.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

* 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.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Tossed
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: how to chop romaine lettuce, easy salad recipe, romaine lettuce salad

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