Irish Pub Salad, bibb lettuce, pickled beets, and amazing dressing topped with bleu cheese

Irish Pub Salad

If you’d like a tasty salad that helps bridge the gap from winter to spring, Irish Pub Salad is it. The beautiful bibb and butter lettuces are starting to come into the store, and the other vegetables are available most places year ’round.

Irish Pub Salad

Irish Pub Salad

The pickled beets are made from my Irish Grandmother’s One Jar Pickled Beets, but of course, they’re inexpensive, even store bought. Both the bit of Bleu Cheese in the salad and the creamy, tangy dressing sets everything off to a tee. (I think the dressing in Irish Pub Salad is trying to be a play on Heinz Salad Cream which is a popular dressing in the U.K.)

Play with the dressing in the recipe to taste if you want, add more or less of any ingredients to taste or a pinch of sugar if you’d like. I’m not a huge fan of creamy dressings but the dressing, especially with the Bleu Cheese in the salad, was so bright, fresh and tangy. Even if you’re normally a “vinaigrette” person, you’ll fall in love with the dressing.

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

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. The Irish, he implied, traditionally, are not known for being huge consumers of salad. This might change their minds!

The Irish Pub Salad, as it’s known in the States, Irish or not, is really a “thing.” and was popularized by the Atkins Diet. My guess is 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

Irish Pub Salad

Irish Pub Salad


Irish Pub Salad

A tasty salad that helps bridge the gap from winter to spring, full of all kinds of “salad bar” type veggies and topped by bleu cheese and a bright, creamy dressing.

  • Author: mollie kirby, adapted from Epicurious
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 11
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings



  • 1/2 cup regular or low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons malt vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 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
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • 4 cups torn Boston or Bibb lettuce
  • 4 cups selected salad bar type 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 a 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 the base of salad. Place salad bar ingredients over lettuce in an attractive pattern. Top with sliced or wedged hard-boiled eggs.

Drizzle dressing over salad. Place cheese wedges at ends of the platter or sprinkle with cheese and serve.


  • Calories: 443
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 443mg
  • Fat: 37g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 136mg


I’m sharing this Irish Pub Salad at the Novice Gardener for this week’s Fiesta Friday, co-hosted by Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook and Mila @milkandbun.

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16 thoughts on “Irish Pub Salad

  1. Pamela Grove

    I’m getting ready to prepare the Irish Pub Salad but for the life of me I cannot figure out what dressing you’re talking about using with it. I always prefer, at least the first time or two, to enjoy a dish exactly the way its written before I might before changing any flavors to suit me so I’d like to use what you intend here.

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Hi Pamela, the first 6 ingredients in the recipe form the dressing. I’ll make a note in the recipe so no one else is confused.

      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
      salt & pepper to taste

  2. Heather

    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!

    • 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!!

  3. 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) 🙂

    • 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. 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

    • 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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