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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / May 16, 2022

The Most LEGENDARY Salad from Spain | Ensalada de San Isidro Recipe

This classic salad from Madrid, known as Ensalada de San Isidro, is possibly the best-ever salad that hails from Spain. It´s got a ton of great textures & flavors, it´s super easy to make and all done in just 15 minutes.

Ensalada de San Isidro Recipe
Now let me tell you, this is not your typical everyday salad. This is a salad with some serious history to it. As it´s named after the patron saint of Madrid, San Isidro. Which is celebrated every 15th of May.

Ensalada de San Isidro Recipe
This salad is usually served at the center of the dinner table, next to some grilled fish and roasted potatoes. But you can also serve it as main course, next to a crunchy baguette and a cold Mahou beer from Madrid.

Ensalada de San Isidro Recipe

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: To make this salad I used romaine lettuce. Just because I love that extra crunch it gives to the salad. But you can use any lettuce you like. For the tuna I used tuna in olive oil, but you can also use tuna in water. Either way, make sure to drain the liquid so it doesn´t make the salad soggy.

Ensalada de San Isidro Recipe

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Ensalada de San Isidro Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Ensalada de San Isidro Recipe

Course Salad
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 201 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1/2 tbsp sherry vinegar 8 ml
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley 4 grams
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 oz can tuna in olive oil 112 grams
  • 1/4 cup green pimento stuffed olives 45 grams
  • 1/4 cup black pitted olives 45 grams
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. To make the dressing, add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil into a small bowl, along with 1/2 tbsp sherry vinegar, finely grate in 1 clove garlic and add in 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley, season with a kiss of sea salt & black pepper, whisk together and set aside

  2. Remove the leaves from a head of romaine lettuce, stack the leaves and tighly roll together, cut right down the middle horizontally and then into 1 inch (2.50 cm) pieces vertically, add the cut lettuce into a strainer and rinse under cold water, spin dry in a salad spinner (you can also use a dishcloth) and transfer the lettuce into a large serving dish

  3. Thinly slice 1/2 red onion and spread over the lettuce and cut 8 cherry tomatoes in half and spread over the lettuce

  4. Drain the can of tuna into a sieve, give the tuna a quick mix and add over salad, along with the green & black olives and hard boiled eggs cut in half vertically, season with sea salt & black pepper and pour the dressing over the salad, serve at once, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Ensalada de San Isidro Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 419mg18%
Potassium 596mg17%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 14084IU282%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. sally laRhette

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Do you know of a salad that is a lot of finely chopped ingredients that is a well know Spanish salad?

    Xp, Sally LaRhette

    10 . May . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      There are so many different salads in Spain, but I will try to cover as many as I can 🙂 Much love

      10 . May . 2023
  2. Vicki

    I will be trying this tomorrow. It sounds delicious.

    30 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Hope you enjoy 🙂 Much love

      30 . Jul . 2022
  3. marjanne

    5 stars
    Great combination of flavors, so delicious. We really enjoyed this.

    16 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!!! Much love 🙂

      16 . May . 2022
  4. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i use vegan tuna and skip lettuce and use spinach and kale instead as am not a big fan of lettuce i never had spanish ensalada de san isidro before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    16 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya!!! Much love 🙂

      16 . May . 2022

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