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Mediterranean Lettuce Salad with Purslane, Mint, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette

Mediterranean Lettuce Salad with Purslane, Mint, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette is loaded with interesting flavors and healthy ingredients! Use Salad Recipes to find more tasty salads like this one.

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Mediterranean Lettuce Salad Recipe with Purslane, Mint, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

In case anyone reading this might have a fleeting thought that lettuce salads are boring, let me start by telling you that this Mediterranean Lettuce Salad with Purslane, Mint, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette was one of the most exciting things I’ve made for weeks.  First, there’s Sumac, one of my favorite flavors and a seasoning I think many Americans are missing out on. Then there is Purslane, one of the healthiest plants in the world. (Purslane has more omega-3 fatty acid than any other plant.)  Plus, if you have a garden you can probably find Purslane growing as a weed!

Take Sumac and Purslane and add lettuce, mint, cucumbers, fresh tomatoes, and lemon and you have most of my favorite summer flavors, combined in a salad that’s about as healthy as you can get!


Mediterranean Lettuce Salad Recipe with Purslane, Mint, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

I’ve been interested in Purslane since first I tried it in Chopped Middle Eastern Salad with Purslane.  Now that I have gravel around my garden beds it’s not as abundant at my house, but I still found this much growing among my veggies when I went out to pick it last week!  I did giggle a little when I found that you can buy Purslane seeds, after years of trying to get rid of the weeds.  If you have a good farmers market you may find Purslane for sale there. If you’re picking your own Purslane, it can be pretty dirty. I washed it in the sink, then chopped it up and washed it again in the salad spinner. I used Romaine Lettuce this time, but red leaf would be pretty. I also used a generous amount of chopped mint.

Mediterranean Lettuce Salad Recipe with Purslane, Mint, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

I’m just starting to get garden cucumbers, so I used Persian cucumbers from Costco. I don’t have garden tomatoes yet either, so I used grape tomatoes, also from Costco! Toss all the salad ingredients together with enough dressing to moisten it, season with salt, pepper, and more ground Sumac as desired, and enjoy! And here is a picture of Sumac, which you can order from Amazon.com, The Spice House, or Penzeys. If you don’t want to buy Sumac, just add a little more lemon.

Mediterranean Lettuce Salad Recipe with Purslane, Mint, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

I thought this Mediterranean Lettuce Salad with Purslane, Mint, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette kept pretty well overnight in the refrigerator for a salad with lettuce and tomatoes, but it’s best freshly made.

More Interesting Recipes with Purslane or Sumac:

Chopped Middle Eastern Salad with Purslane from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Purslane Salad with Yogurt from Almost Turkish Recipes
Fattoush (Lebanese “Crumbled Bread” Salad) from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Mediterranean Lettuce Salad with Purslane, Mint, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette

Mediterranean Lettuce Salad with Purslane, Mint, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette is loaded with interesting flavors and healthy ingredients.

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 cups chopped red or green leaf lettuce
  • 2-3 cups chopped Purslane (or just use what you find if you don’t have that much)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes, or grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1-2 cups chopped fresh mint (or use parsley if you’re not a mint fan)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. ground Sumac + more for sprinkling on salad
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (use a flavorful olive oil for this)

Directions:

  1. Wash Purslane well if you’re picking it from your garden.  I washed it in the sink, then removed roots and chopped the stems and leaves and washed again in the salad spinner.
  2. Chop lettuce, wash, and spin dry or dry with paper towels.
  3. Pull mint leaves off stems, wash and spin dry or dry with paper towels, and then coarsely chop mint leaves.
  4. Cut cucumbers into small half-moon slices (you may need to peel them if you don’t use Persian cucumbers.)
  5. Chop tomatoes, or cut cherry tomatoes in half.
  6. In a small bowl or glass measuring cup mix together the lemon juice, minced garlic, ground Sumac, and salt.
  7. Whisk in the olive oil one tablespoon at a time until the dressing is well-blended.
  8. Put all salad ingredients into a bowl and toss with desired amount of dressing.
  9. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, sprinkle with more Sumac as desired, and serve.
  10. This salad keeps fairly well overnight in the fridge, but it’s best freshly made.

Notes:

This recipe created by Kalyn, with dressing inspired by Fattoush.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything in this Mediterranean Lettuce Salad with Purslane, Mint, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette is a low-glycemic ingredient, making it a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet or other low-carb eating plans, and this tasty salad is also vegan, Paleo,  and Whole 30 approved.

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40 comments on “Mediterranean Lettuce Salad with Purslane, Mint, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette”

  1. Lucky me I’ve got a lot of purslane in my garden. I will definitely try these salads

  2. Scandlous, so glad you enjoyed the recipe and photos.

  3. love the recipe…its very tasty…but most of all, the photographs are a real treat for the eyes!!!

  4. Cara, I love the food from that part of the world!

  5. Since returning from Israel, the hubs and I can't get enough of these flavors. They really know how to do it right!

  6. Charissa, it's pretty funny isn't it?

  7. So funny, for years we picked purlane as a weed. We HATED it and hoed and pulled till they're all but gone. And then…haha, we learn it's SOOOO good for you.
    Such is life!

  8. Jenn, I am crazy about the lemony flavor of Sumac! Hope you will try it.

  9. I don't think I've ever tried Sumac dressing before but with how beautiful this salad looks, I might just buy some soon. This looks wonderful!

  10. Elkit, hope you love the salad as much as I do!

  11. Perfect timing! I am getting purslane in my veggie box this Friday.

  12. Thank you! I learned to make Fattoush from a Lebanese reader and absolutely love it!

  13. Purslane is eaten a lot in Lebanon, in fattoush, and also as a replacement for spinach or other greens; it is amazing to me that something that was discarded for years is now being introduced in American restaurants as mâche, a fancy green, and sold at Wholefoods for a hefty price! You made a beautiful salad/close to fattoush!

  14. Karen, how fun to hear from someone in France! I had heard that Purslane was popular in the markets there. I'm thinking I should grow a patch of it so I have a more plentiful supply!

  15. I grow Purslane in France and love it ~ your recipe looks fabulous, so I must try it soon! I have been promoting the benefits of Purslane for years now so it is so nice to see this post!
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

  16. Chris, several people have told me about Miner's Lettuce so I'm thinking it's something I must plant next year!

  17. Oh my goodness, Kalyn. I've seen that dastardly weed purslane and know it is very different from spurge. I must pick some and add it to my green creations and smoothies. Reminds me of miners lettuce, which grows wild in the fields of the Gold Country here–very edible and nice in a salad.

  18. Thanks Shirley! I think it grows all over North America, so I'm betting you'll find some.

  19. Well, you got me excited about this salad, Kalyn! Now I'm wondering if I have purslane growing in my yard or anywhere on our property. (The next walk with the dog might be a more interesting one.) I like the recommendation on Za'atar seasoning because I have that on hand. 🙂 Thanks, Kalyn. I love getting your salad ideas!

    Shirley

  20. Elizabeth, I'm intrigued by the idea of Sumac lemonade!

    Joanne, it was so flavorful and good.

    Jeanne, Costco has the best produce here. I do get a lot of things from my garden this time of year, but Costco produce is consistently good all year round.

  21. Ohm what a perfect salad! I wonder if I've pulled up purslane without knowing what it was before….! Those are gorgeous tomatoes – well done Costco :0

  22. Ah! If only my CSA were still bringing me lettuce by the truckload! This does sound like it would make for an exciting lunch!

  23. Exotic! We used to make sumac lemonade in the summer with the sumac from the neighbor's house, so you could possibly forage for it as long as it's not the poison sumac type . . .

  24. Lydia, it's funny but I found myself thinking about getting the seeds and just turning over a section of the garden to it next year. But then I might end up with it everywhere! It seems pretty hearty and mildly invasive, so be careful with it if you do plant some.

  25. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I wonder how I can encourage purslane to grow as a weed in my garden. I don't have any, and I'd love to be able to harvest for a salad. I guess I'm going to have to buy some of those seeds.

  26. Thanks, I am definitely a salad freak! (Very hot here too!)

  27. You always have such amazing looking salads! This sounds great on a hot day like today! 🙂

  28. Thanks Peter! I really did love the salad.

  29. Nice one Kalyn…glad you gathered up that purslane and made a delicious and nutritious salad with them!

  30. Dara, you can probably find it growing wild, unless you're MUCH better than I am at keeping the weeds pulled. If not, I have plenty at my house!

  31. Every time I read your blog, I discover a new plant I MUST grow in my garden. Purslane is now on the list. What a beautiful salad!

  32. Jeanette, I think Za'atar will be great in this!

  33. Jeanie, thanks for that. I don't think spurge really looks that similar to Purslane myself, but I will add a caution.

  34. Another pretty salad Kalyn! I never knew those "weeds" were called purslane and that they were edible. I don't have sumac, but I have zaatar, so I'll try making your vinaigrette with that.

  35. Kalyn, Your readers should know that purslane has a poisonous copycat. I almost started throwing it into my smoothies last year and I'm so glad I did some research first. The poisonous one has a milky fluid that comes out of the stalks and the purslane doesn't. Also, the purslane is more upright while the poisonous one (called spurge I believe) sprawls more. Also, purslane has thicker stalks and the poisonous one has thinner stalks.

  36. I'm betting you will love Sumac if you try it. Really adds such a light but interesting flavor to so many things!

  37. This looks wonderful! I haven't tried using sumac before. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  38. Kelsum, thanks so much! I love your blog too, so we must like the same kinds of foods. Wish we could have dinner together and I'd make this. Also addicted to Sumac here!

  39. This is perfect. Something I would have for dinner right now. But then most of your food is like that! I'm addicted to sumac and a little sprinkle of it on anything adds zing and color.

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