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French Inspired Simple Green Salad

– French Inspired Simple Green Salad –

Everybody loves a great salad, their refreshing, satisfying and usually served as a starter or even the main course on a hot summers day. A couple of months ago, I was traveling back to Spain from a family trip to Disneyland Paris. At the half-way point, we stopped in this little town in central-southern France called ¨Saint-Flour¨. As we strolled through the cobblestone streets, we ran into this tiny little French restaurant and decided to have dinner there. I felt like a salad, so I ordered a ¨Simple Salade Vert¨ translated to a simple green salad. Let me tell you it was out-of-this-world good! It inspired me to create my own version of this fantastic salad. Watch the video below on how to easily make this incredible French inspired simple green salad, and take your tastebuds to the Mediterranean in an instant. Salud!

Watch the Video Below on How to Make a French Inspired Simple Green Salad

French Inspired Simple Green Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1 Head of Ice Berg Lettuce
  • 3 Slices Dense Baguette Bread
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Spanish Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Creamy Balsamic Vinegar
  • Queso Manchego
  • Sea Salt


  1. Pre-heat your oven with the bake/broil option to 210 C (410 F)
  2. Grab 3 slices of dense baguette bread and cut into evenly sized small cubes
  3. Add the bread cubes to a bowl, drizzle a generous tablespoon of extra virgin Spanish olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon of garic powder and a hint of sea salt and toss everything together
  4. Add the bread cubes to a baking tray and add to the oven between 12-15 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, finely mince 1 clove of garlic, add to a mortar and pound into a paste
  6. Add 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley to the mortar and mash with the garlic
  7. Next add 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of creamy balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sea salt to the mortar, and mix everything together
  8. Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin Spanish olive oil to the mortar and mix until you get a mayonnaise like texture, set aside
  9. Roughly chop a head of ice berg lettuce, rinse and pat dry and add to a large bowl
  10. Add the dressing in the mortar to the bowl with the lettuce and mix everything until all the lettuce is well coated, then transfer to a shallow bowl
  11. Top your salad off with the homemade croutons and some freshly shredded queso Manchego
  12. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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  1. Erin

    I love French green salads! This one looks amazing. Pinning so I can give it a try!

    03 . Jan . 2018
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you so much Erin <3

      03 . Jan . 2018

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