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Wilted Lettuce Salad in a bowl with a fork

Wilted Lettuce Salad (AKA Hot Lettuce)

Hot lettuce is amazing! This simple wilted lettuce salad and its homemade dressing makes for a delicious addition to your favorite meal.

Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
Prep: 4 minutesCook: 1 minutesTotal: 5 minutes


  • About 46 cups of lettuce (tender, fresh garden lettuce is the best!)
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (or bacon drippings)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

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  1. Rinse and dry the salad in a salad spinner. (Or rinse in a colander and let dry on a towel on the counter.) Tear into bite-sized pieces into a large serving bowl.
  2. Combine oil, vinegar, sugar, and salt in a microwave-safe glass jar or bowl.
  3. Microwave for about 30 seconds, or until boiling.
  4. Immediately pour hot dressing over the large bowl of salad. Toss and taste. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. Serving suggestion ideas: Add freshly grated Parmesan, feta or Gorgonzola crumbles, thinly sliced or diced apples, and toasted pecans.
© Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
Cuisine: American Method: No Cook