Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad Recipe - Authentic Scandinavian Dish

Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad

Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad Recipe - Authentic Scandinavian Dish
Region / culture: Finland, Scandinavia | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Servings: 6-8


Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad
Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad

Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad is a light and refreshing dish that is perfect for spring. The combination of tender leaf lettuce and creamy dressing creates a delicious and satisfying salad that is sure to please your taste buds.


This traditional Finnish salad has been enjoyed for generations as a simple and flavorful dish that highlights the freshness of leaf lettuce. The creamy dressing adds a touch of richness to the salad, making it a popular choice for special occasions and family gatherings.


How to prepare

  1. 1. Gently wash and dry the leaf lettuce. This lettuce is tender.
  2. 2. Tear the lettuce into bite-size pieces.
  3. 3. Place the lettuce in the refrigerator to chill.
  4. 4. Whisk together lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  5. 5. Gradually whisk in heavy cream until the mixture becomes creamy.
  6. 6. Drizzle the creamy mixture over the lettuce leaves.
  7. 7. Toss the lettuce gently to coat it with the dressing.
  8. 8. Serve the salad immediately.
  9. 10. This recipe serves 6 to 8 people.
  10. 12. Note: This salad is perfect for spring and provides a refreshing contrast after consuming winter vegetables.


  • Add sliced strawberries or mandarin oranges for a touch of sweetness.
  • Sprinkle toasted nuts or seeds on top for added crunch.
  • Substitute Greek yogurt for the heavy cream for a lighter dressing option.


  1. Cook Time:
  2. Serves: 6 to 8

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to wash and dry the leaf lettuce gently to avoid bruising the delicate leaves.

- Chilling the lettuce in the refrigerator before serving helps to keep it crisp and fresh.

- Gradually whisking in the heavy cream ensures that the dressing is smooth and creamy.

- Toss the salad gently to coat the lettuce leaves evenly with the dressing.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish for a complete and balanced meal.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad is to gently toss the lettuce with the creamy dressing to ensure that each leaf is evenly coated.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have heavy cream on hand, you can use sour cream or Greek yogurt as a substitute.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dressing ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Toss the salad with the dressing just before serving to keep the lettuce crisp.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad in a large bowl or on individual plates garnished with fresh herbs or edible flowers for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad with a glass of crisp white wine or sparkling water for a refreshing and satisfying meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Do not freeze as the lettuce will become wilted.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad contains approximately 80 calories.


Each serving of Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad contains approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad contains approximately 6 grams of fats.


Each serving of Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad contains approximately 1 gram of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate.


This recipe contains dairy (heavy cream) and may not be suitable for individuals with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies.


Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad is a low-calorie dish that is rich in vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy choice for a light and satisfying meal.


Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad is a simple and delicious dish that is perfect for spring. The creamy dressing and tender lettuce leaves create a refreshing and satisfying salad that is sure to become a favorite at your table. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I knew it was something special. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Helga in her cozy little cottage in the countryside of Finland. Helga was known throughout the village for her incredible cooking skills, and she had promised to teach me one of her most beloved recipes that day.

As we gathered the ingredients for the salad, I couldn't help but admire the lush green leaves of the fresh lettuce that Helga had picked from her garden that morning. The vibrant colors and crisp texture of the leaves were a sight to behold, and I knew that this salad was going to be something truly special.

Helga began to chop the lettuce into thin ribbons, her hands moving with practiced ease as she explained the importance of using fresh, high-quality ingredients in Finnish cuisine. She told me stories of her own grandmother, who had taught her the art of cooking when she was just a young girl, passing down recipes that had been in their family for generations.

As Helga tossed the lettuce with a simple dressing of olive oil, vinegar, and a touch of honey, she explained the significance of each ingredient. The olive oil represented the rich soil of the Finnish countryside, while the vinegar added a bright acidity that balanced out the sweetness of the honey. Together, they created a harmonious combination of flavors that celebrated the essence of Finnish cooking.

As we sat down to enjoy the salad together, I marveled at the complexity of flavors that danced on my tongue. The crispness of the lettuce was complemented by the tangy dressing, creating a refreshing and satisfying dish that was perfect for a warm summer day. I knew that this recipe was something that I would treasure for years to come.

After my visit with Helga, I returned home with a newfound appreciation for Finnish cuisine and a desire to learn more about the traditional dishes of the region. I began to experiment with different ingredients and techniques, incorporating the lessons that Helga had taught me into my own cooking.

Over the years, I continued to refine the recipe for Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad, adding my own twist to the classic dish while staying true to the traditional flavors that had captivated me that day in Helga's cottage. I shared the recipe with my family and friends, passing down the knowledge that I had gained from my dear friend and mentor.

As I think back on that summer day in Finland, I am filled with gratitude for the experiences that have shaped me into the cook that I am today. The recipe for Finnish Leaf Lettuce Salad is more than just a dish to me – it is a symbol of the rich culinary heritage that I have inherited from the people who have touched my life along the way.

And as I prepare this salad for my own grandchildren now, I am reminded of the power of food to connect us to our past, to nourish our bodies and souls, and to bring us together in a shared experience of love and joy. For me, this recipe will always hold a special place in my heart, a reminder of the beauty and richness of the culinary traditions that have been passed down through the generations.


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