Irish Pub Salad

Irish Pub Salad

Irish Pub Salad - Full of everything good! And that dressing! OMG!

If you’d like a tasty salad that helps bridge the gap from winter to spring, this has got to be it. The beautiful bibb and butter lettuces are starting to come into the store, and the other vegetables are available most places year ’round. The pickled beets are made from my Irish Grandmother’s One Jar Pickled Beets, but of course they’re inexpensive, even store bought. A bit of Bleu Cheese and this tangy dressing set everything off to a tee.

Irish Pub Salad
Irish Pub Salad

I came across the recipe quite by accident on Epicurious and made a few alterations. One reviewer from Ireland denied all knowledge of such a salad, but I think the dressing is trying to be a play on Heinz Salad Cream. Play with the dressing to taste, add a little salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar if you’d like, another vinegar or herb. I’m not a huge fan of creamy dressings but this, when combined with the Bleu Cheese was so bright, fresh and tangy.

A “bun” of Lettuce – a little pricier but this says Spring!

The Irish Pub Salad, as it’s known in the States, Irish or not, is really a “thing.” It seems to have been popularized by the Atkins Diet, but I love this combination of veggies, and MyCityCuisine gives a few more suggestions for the salad and the dressing. It’s a good guess that in addition to the dressing, the name comes from the Dubliner or Cashel Bleu cheese so often found in the salad. I, of course, being cheap, used a grocery store cheese and just pretended it was something better! 🙂

My Grandmother's One Jar Pickled Beets
My Grandmother’s One Jar Pickled Beets

A reviewer of the recipe suggested serving any left overs the next day with smoked salmon, which I think would be lovely with the dressing.

So Irish or not, if you’re looking for a little something to round out your St. Paddy’s day menu, or just looking for a great salad to jump start your Spring, here it is! 🙂 If serving as a side, I generally leave off the eggs and go with a bit less cheese, but when I serve as a main meal, I’ll use more eggs, more cheese and more of the vegetables.

Irish Pub Salad
Irish Pub Salad

Irish Pub Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup regular or low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons malt vinegar or white wine vinegar, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon, more if desired
  • pinch or two of mustard powder or 1/2 teaspoon Dijon
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water to thin to desired consistency
  • 4 cups torn Boston or Bibb lettuce
  • 4 cups selected salad bar ingredients (such as pickled beets, sliced cucumber, diced tomatoes, chopped celery, shredded cabbage and sliced onions)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled, sliced
  • 2 to 4 ounces cheddar and/or blue cheese, cut into wedges or a little crumbled bleu cheese

Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, tarragon and mustard powder or Dijon in small bowl and whisk to blend. Whisk in enough water by teaspoonfuls to make dressing thin enough to pour. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Arrange lettuce on platter as base of salad. Place salad bar ingredients over lettuce in attractive pattern. Top with sliced hard-boiled eggs. Drizzle dressing over salad. Place cheese wedges at ends of platter or sprinkle with cheese and serve.

from the kitchen of

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As written, 2 ounces cheese: Calories 443; Total Fat 37 58 %; Saturated Fat 8 42 %; Monounsaturated Fat 10 g; Polyunsaturated Fat 19 g; Trans Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 136 mg 45 %; Sodium 443 mg 18 %; Potassium 478 mg 14 %; Total Carbohydrate 10 3 %; Dietary Fiber 3 12 %; Sugars 6 g; Protein 8 16 %; Vitamin A 52 %; Vitamin C 23 %; Calcium 17 %; Iron 9 %

14 thoughts on “Irish Pub Salad”

  1. Going to make this today, but noticed that in the instructions it says “Dijon mustard” but the ingredients says “mustard powder”. Which is correct? If Dijon is correct, then how much? Thank you!

    1. I beg your pardon, Heather – mustard powder if you have it or 1/2 teaspoon Dijon. I think I wanted to give the option and forgot to write it in! Hope it didn’t goof you up!!

  2. I always love a good salad where you can add so many different ingredients to your taste. I’m hoping to make some Irish stew soon as my contribution to my Irish heritage (along with English, Scottish and German and who knows what else) 🙂

    1. Thanks, Juju – I love to load them up with all kinds of stuff. Sounds like you’re a bit like me, Heinz 57! I was going to post my stew today, but couldn’t get to it. 🙂

  3. I haven’t seen such ‘Irish’ salad in Dubai’ Irish pubs, but it looks so tasty-at least for me! so call whatever- just love it! 😀 Beets, greens, eggs – for me it’s healthy and super meal for everyday! Yum!
    Have a great weekend, Frugal! and happy FF!

  4. Trying to find a salad in Ireland is like trying to find someone who doesn’t like Guinness. It has to exist, but it is hard to find.

    I like the idea of the dressing though. I thought I was getting a salad on the side with my meal once and it was coleslaw! The salad cream is similar to cole slaw dressing.

    1. Thanks, Carrie, and by the way, I LOVE Guinness…but I don’t really like most beers. Must be those Irish genes fighting their way out of the slew I have from different cultures! Haha!

      I had a very good friend from Ireland, who has since moved back home. She taught me to put a dash of salt on my Guinness!

      Funny about the cole-slaw! 🙂

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