Irish pub salad is a simple, healthy lunch idea for St. Patrick’s Day alongside soda bread or potato soup. Forget the corned beef and try something new! Fill your plate with green vegetables, boiled eggs, cucumber, pickled beets, and crisp lettuce—all drizzled with the perfect salad dressing.
For the Salad
- 8 butter lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried
- 10 pickled baby beets
- 16 pickled asparagus thin spears
- 8 cucumber slices (roughly half of a cucumber)
- 7 grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and cut in half
- 1/4 cup sweet onion, sliced
- 8 slices cheddar cheese (optional)
For the Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons tarragon
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 3 teaspoons water, as needed
- 1/16 teaspoon salt
- 1/16 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/6 teaspoon sugar
Preparing the Ingredients
- Fill a small saucepan half full with water and stir in 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to help the eggs not to crack as they cook. Cover and bring to a boil, then gently lower the 3 eggs into the boiling water with a spoon. Lower the heat to a simmer and place the lid on askew. Cook for 9 minutes, then immediately drain and place the eggs in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process and to speed up the cooling. Once cool, peel the eggs and rinse off any shell fragments, then blot each egg dry with a paper towel. Halve the eggs lengthwise and sprinkle with black pepper.
- Tear off 8 pieces of Boston lettuce. Rinse and blot dry with paper towel. Arrange most of the leaves around the edge of the platter and put one or two in the middle to make a pretty base for the other salad ingredients.
- Get all the salad ingredients ready. Cut a quarter of a sweet onion, then slice it to get 12 curved slices. Mellow the onion by soaking it in ice water, vinegar, milk or sprinkle it with salt. Wait 15 minutes then rinse. Blot dry the baby beets so the red juice doesn’t bleed. Cut a cucumber in half. Score the outside of a cucumber with the tongs of a fork then thinly slice it. Rinse and halve the grape tomatoes lengthwise. Slice the Irish Dubliner cheddar cheese 1/8 inch thick.
Arranging the Salad
- Composing the salad is the fun part. Arrange the salad ingredients in a way that looks pleasing to you on a large platter or on individual plates. You might want to have two sections for most of the ingredients and one section for the cheese, sweet onion, and beets.
Making the Dressing
- Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, tarragon, and Dijon mustard in a medium bowl. Sprinkle in the salt and black pepper, then add a pinch of sugar. Gradually add the water to get it the right pouring consistency. Whisk until smooth, then taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
- Just before serving, drizzle the homemade salad dressing on the salad. Serve with Irish soda bread, boxty bread, or Irish brown bread. Use it as a side dish with an Irish chip butty sandwich or with a steaming bowl of Dublin coddle or smoky cheese, potato, and ham soup.
- On top of the lettuce, arrange the ingredients in groups.
- For easy drizzling, use a squeeze bottle for the dressing.
- Irish soda bread, Irish brown bread, or boxty bread taste great with this salad.
- Category: Salad
- Method: Chopped
- Cuisine: Irish
Keywords: Irish recipes, healthy salads