Rapunzel Lettuce: German Field Salad Greens (Feldsalat)

Field Salad - Feldsalat - Rapunzel
Field Salad - Feldsalat - Rapunzel. Till Westermayer - GNU Free Documentation License

Field salad (Valerianella locusta), known as feldsalat in German, is used like lettuce mixed with a  hot bacon vinaigrettemustard vinaigrette or used in a mixed greens salad.

Grown as a winter or early spring green, it is available in the grocery stores where it sold as a whole plant, often with the small main root attached.

It is an aromatic, often nutty-tasting green that is not as popular in North America as it is in Europe, which is a shame because it has a high level of vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, and potassium.

How Field Salad Grows

Field salad grows in a loose rosette and is harvested two to three months after planting. It resists frosts to -4 F (-20 C) and can be harvested well into the winter if planted August through September.

If planted later, it survives through the winter and can be harvested in the spring. Pick it after the frost is gone in the morning, or it will wilt.

Buy corn or field salad seeds here.

How to Clean Field Salad

It must be washed carefully because the dirt and sand collect at the base of the leaves. If you do not cut through the short stem, the plants can be dressed and eaten whole, in one bite.

The Rapunzel Connection

Field salad also is famously known as Rapunzel, the vitamin-rich food that cost a peasant family their only daughter in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

Other Names for Field Salad

  • German: Ackersalat (in Swabia), mäuseöhrchensalat (in Eifel, Saarland, Luxemburg), vogerlsalat, vogelsalat (in Austria), rapunzelsalat (in Thuringia, Saxony), nüsslisalat (in Switzerland) 
  • English: Rapunzel, lamb's lettuce, corn salad, mâche

Mâche Salad Recipes

Mâche is the English word for field salad. Here are some great recipes for this green. 

  • : This easy salad is made with oil, lemon juice, salt, dill, and greens. That's it!
  • Pea, Mâche, and Endive Salad Recipe: All the flavors of spring are dressed with a lemon vinaigrette in this fresh-tasting salad.

    German Salad Dressing Recipes

    • Sour Cream Salad Dressing RecipeThis easy creamy salad dressing lends itself to numerous variations but start with red onion, chili powder, German mustard and go from there.
    • Cream Salad Dressing Recipe In this recipe, sour cream is replaced by half-and-half, lemon juice, and sugar. It's perfect for Bibb lettuce, also known as butter lettuce and Boston lettuce.