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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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  1. Purslane is rampant in my backyard so I am loving all the recipes I have found to make with it!