Iceberg Lettuce Salad
Easy iceberg lettuce salad recipe – not your typical wedge salad. Made with pieces of fresh and crisp iceberg lettuce, corn, radishes, dill and homemade garlic yogurt dressing. Just a few simple ingredients for a unique and satisfying salad. Perfect for a light meal or as a side salad.
I’m a big fan of salads and whenever I have time, my preferred meal is a homemade salad. This one is quite easy to make and also filling and tasty.
What is iceberg?
Known for its mild flavor and firm, crunchy texture, iceberg lettuce is a good choice for salads, sandwiches or garnishing.
It could be mixed with other greens for salads. When used in combination with other varieties of lettuce, iceberg lettuce will contribute a pleasant crunch to salads.
Iceberg is usually used for Wedge salad, Lettuce wraps (appetizer) or Lettuce wrap sandwiches. It also works well for garnishing platters.
Funny or not, I was first introduced to iceberg, when I moved to the US. Back then iceberg was not that popular in Europe. Luckily nowadays, you can find this lettuce everywhere.
Is it good for you?
Studies have shown that is it not actually that bad for you, just it has a high water content and it is not as nutritious as dark leafy greens. Read more: source- Healthline.
Can you use it for Caesar salad?
While Caesar salad is traditionally made with Romaine lettuce, you can use iceberg for it. In fact, a lot of places in Eastern Europe make their “Caeasar Salad” with iceberg. Do I like it? No, I prefer Romaine for my Caesar Salads!
What goes well with iceberg?
You can add vegetables, fruits and protein to iceberg to create salads and wraps.
Here are some ideas:
- feta, goat feta or blue cheese
- dried fruit – raisins, cranberries
- Berries – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
- Nuts – pine nuts, pecans, hazelnuts
How to wash?
Remove the outer leaves. They are always soft and dry.
Wash under running water. (I sometimes cut in half and wash). Shake well to get rid of the water. Dry with paper towel. Wrap in plastic to store.
How to store?
This type of lettuce lasts longer than Romaine for example.
You can store in the manufacturer’s packaging in the produce bin in the fridge until ready to use. Or you can rinse under running cold water and dry well with paper towel. Then wrap with plastic and store in the fridge. It will most likely stay fresh for at least 1 week.
How many cups of chopped lettuce are in a medium iceberg?
If you shred the lettuce, you get 4-5 cups of finely shredded iceberg per medium head.
For torn lettuce, you get about 6-8 cups per head. for my salads, I don’t like shredded lettuce, but I’m not a huge fan of big pieces of torn lettuce, so I chop mine into bite sized pieces.
How to make this Iceberg Lettuce Salad ?
- Corn – canned – rinsed or defrosted frozen corn
- Radishes – if you are not a fan of radishes, use cucumbers instead
- Apple cider or white wine vinegar
- Greek Yogurt
- Fresh chopped dill (could use frozen dill, but not dried)
In a bowl, combine 4 cups of chopped iceberg, 1 cup corn kernels (canned or boiled), 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes and a dressing made of Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, salt, black pepper, garlic, dill (optional) and vinegar. Stir to combine. Serve immediately.
While the lettuce could be chopped in advance (up t0 2 days), the salad tastes best at the time it is made. So I don’t recommend making it in advance.
Leftovers could be saved in an air tight container in the fridge, but should be consumed within a few hours.
Dressing for iceberg salad
Iceberg doesn’t have much taste on its own, so a good creamy dressing will compliment it very well.
Oil based dressings could also work – like Balsamic vinegar dressing or Italian vinaigrette, for iceberg salads.
I like to make a simple, creamy, fresh and flavorful dressing with mayonnaise, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salt, pepper, garlic, vinegar and dill. I know not everyone loves dill, so you can substitute with chives, parsley or just omit it.
When making my favorite Wedge Salad, I usually go for homemade Blue Cheese Dressing.
Fresh, citrusy dressings like lemon garlic or lemon tahini dressings are also good for this type of greens.
What to serve with?
This salad goes well with grilled or baked meat, seafood and potatoes.
More salad recipes:
Here are some more salad recipe ideas, if you’d like to try.
Easy iceberg lettuce salad recipe
- 5 cups Iceberg lettuce — chopped
- 1 cup Corn - canned - rinsed or defrosted frozen corn
- 1/2 cup sliced Radishes
- 1/2 tsp Salt or more to taste
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1/2 clove Garlic — pressed
- 1 tbsp Apple cider or white wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp Fresh chopped dill — could use frozen dill, but not dried
Make the dressing by combining the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, salt, black pepper, garlic, dill (optional) and vinegar. Stir until smooth.
Place the iceberg lettuce, corn and radishes in a bowl.
Drizzle the dressing.
Stir to combine. Season with more salt, pepper and vinegar if needed.