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a green salad in a bowl

10 Minute Ensalada Verde

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad, Side Dish, Appetizer
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin, Spanish
  • Diet: Vegan


Ensalada verde is a classic Spanish side salad made in just 10 minutes with fresh greens, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and a simple vinaigrette. It’s easily customizable and can be found on tables across the Caribbean. 



For the Salad:

  • 1 head butter lettuce or romaine, rinsed
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly

For the Dressing: 

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp vinegar (white, red wine, or balsamic)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil


  1. Make the salad. Add the lettuce to a large bowl and top with sliced cucumber, tomato, and onion. 
  2. Make the dressing. A small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the dressing. Pour over the salad and serve. 


Hint: you can make the salad and dressing in advance, keep separate and dress when ready to serve.