I recently came across a hundred-year-old recipe for Dutch Salad, and decided to give it a try. It is a lettuce salad with a hot vinegar dressing. The this simple, classic salad was delightful.
Here’s the original recipe:
This makes a lot of dressing, so I halved the recipe. And, I skipped seasoning the lettuce with salt and pepper.
Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:
1 head lettuce
salt and pepper, if desired
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Wash lettuce, dry, and then tear into small pieces and put into a bowl. Cut onion into small pieces and add to the lettuce. If desired sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Melt and lightly brown (using care not to burn) the butter in a skillet. Stir in the sugar and vinegar, using medium heat bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over salad. Toss and serve.
21 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Dutch Salad”
We used to call this wilted lettuce salad and even as a kid I thought it needed a new name! Thanks for the adventurous dressing recipe. I’m going to try it.
It is a better name. Similarly to your family, we used to call a similar dressing Wilted Lettuce dressing, but it also contained bacon – and we put the lettuce into the skillet with the dressing and wilted it more than this lettuce was wilted when the hot dressing was poured over it.
I do like those homemade dressings. I use my grandmother’s recipe, but it is cooled and used cold.
Was your grandmother’s dressing called “Boiled Dressing”? I’ve seen numerous recipes for a Boiled Dressing that is cooled and used cold – though still need to make it. Sometime soon. . .
The recipe was handed down and rewritten. Its original use is for cole slaw, but it is good on any salad.
I think that I can picture the kind of dressing you’re talking about. When I was a child my mother often made it, and kept it in a jar in the refrigerator to use when she made cole slaw.
Sounds like it.
Sounds refreshing! I see you used romaine, I’m sure this needs a sturdy green.
When I made this recipe, I wondered what type of lettuce would be the most “authentic” for a hundred years ago. I think that iceberg lettuce or maybe leaf lettuce would more typcially have been used a hundred years ago – but I had romaine so went with it.
I wonder what makes it “Dutch” salad. I did think the dressing sounded interesting.
hmm. . . No idea. Maybe this type of salad was commonly served in Holland. . . or maybe it referred to Germany (as used when referring to the Pennsylvania Dutch).
I thought it used a lot of sugar for a salad dressing. Was it overly sweet?
I thought that the dressing had a nice balance between sweet and sour – though, if desired, less sugar could be used to make it less sweet.
Lovely spring dish.🙂
It’s very nice.
My mother would make this but called it wilted lettuce – I was never a fan mostly because I dislike vinegar!
If you don’t like vinegar, this recipe definitely isn’t for you.
I’ll have to try this recipe. My ‘hot’ salad starts with sliced mushrooms sauteed in butter. I make a dressing of olive oil, tarragon vinegar, dijon mustard, minced garlic and pepper. I sprinkle grated cheese over torn lettuce then spoon the hot mushrooms over the cheese and then add some dressing.
mmm. . . your hot salad sounds lovely.
This is what people in PA Dutch country call “wilted lettuce,” as previously noted, or at least it’s a variation on the theme. I mostly remember wilted lettuce served with hot bacon dressing which was also sweet and sour. I’m a fan, by the way, though I’ve never made it. And believe it or not, here in PA it’s always looked like iceberg lettuce anytime I’ve had it. When I was a kid, unless you grew leaf lettuce, iceberg was the most widely available.