Crisp Romaine Salad Recipe with Parsley and Mint

Crisp Romaine Salad Recipe with Parsley and Mint

This romaine salad recipe is one of my favorite go-to weeknight recipes. Combining crisp romaine lettuce with fresh mint and parsley offers a refreshing twist to uninspired green salads. Sprinkling in some za’atar spice blend adds tartness, nuttiness, and a touch of salt for an exciting salad you’ll find yourself making again and again.

Romaine Salad Recipe with Fresh Herbs

One of the best ways to liven up almost any dish is to add fresh herbs. Some common Mediterranean herbs that I use often are Italian parsley and spearmint. To add fresh herbs to this salad, rinse and spin when cleaning the salad greens. You can pick off the big leaves and toss them in with the salad, or give them a light mince for smaller pieces. I grow a lot of the herbs I use, as they are easy to grow (I do NOT have a green thumb). Having fresh herbs in my garden ensures that I don’t waste them, as I can pick just what I need for a recipe, and they are so much fresher this way!

Za’atar Spice Blend in Salads

Za’atar spice blend is in just about everything these days, and is a delicious blend of dried oregano, sumac, sesame seeds, and salt. The sumac adds a wonderful tartness to this romaine salad.

I offer my unique za’atar spice mix to purchase, and as well as through my spice subscription membership. Spice Club members receive discounts on spice blends when included with their quarterly subscription delivery.

You can also grow your own za’atar oregano for the blend–it’s a specific type–and can be found here.

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What to Serve with Romaine Salad

This crisp romaine salad is good alongside just about anything, but I particularly like it with this chicken recipe, as shown in the video below. It’s also great with this kofte kebab recipe.

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Crisp Romaine Salad Recipe with Parsley and Mint

Refreshing and simple salad recipe. Adapted from Perry’s Plate.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: easy summer salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Aliye Aydin


  • 1/2 large head romaine lettuce
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 1/8 small red onion
  • 1/2 bunch Italian parsley
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Za'atar Spice Blend


  • Wash and chop romaine, tomatoes, and cucumbers and place in a large salad bowl. Thinly slice red onion and add to the salad. Remove parsley and mint leaves from stems and add to the bowl. With a micro plane, grate garlic directly over the salad.
  • Juice 1/2 lemon over bowl, using your hand to catch any seeds. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle za’atar spice blend over salad. Toss, and taste for seasoning, adding more lemon or salt if necessary. Serve immediately. To make in advance, wait to drizzle with lemon and olive oil, and refrigerate until ready to dress. 


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