Classic German Side Salad

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This salad is served in most restaurants in Germany as a side salad ("kleiner gruener Salat"). It's a mixture of leafy greens with a simple cream dressing.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
16 hrs
Total Time:
16 hrs 20 mins
4 servings



  • 8 ounces heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • freshly ground white pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch dried marjoram, or to taste


  • 1 medium head Belgian endive, leaves separated

  • ½ orange, juiced

  • ½ head green leaf lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces

  • ½ head butter lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces

  • ½ head red leaf lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces

  • ½ cup garden cress, or more to taste


  1. Prepare the dressing the day before serving by combining cream, lemon juice, sugar, salt, white pepper, and marjoram in a small bowl. Mix well, making sure salt and sugar are dissolved. Cover and store in the refrigerator for 16 hours.

  2. Arrange 2 endive stalks from the center to the edge of 4 small salad plates and sprinkle stems with orange juice. Combine red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, and green leaf lettuce in a bowl and set a handful of the mixture on top of the endive stalks on each plate.

  3. Mix dressing and drizzle about 3 tablespoons over each salad. Garnish with garden cress.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

240 Calories
22g Fat
10g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 653mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 28mg 142%
Calcium 148mg 11%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 678mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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