Ensalada Mixta Recipe: A Spanish Mixed Green Salad

Mixed green salad
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 salad (4–6 servings)
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A green salad is almost always on the table at mealtime in Spain. Whether dining out at a restaurant or preparing a special meal at home, an ensalada mixta (mixed salad) is served on a large platter in the center of the table for all to enjoy.

This colorful, mixed green salad usually includes a combination of ingredients that Americans may find surprising. It often adds things such as olives, tuna, and white asparagus, as well as tomatoes and onions. Easy to prepare, it is as tasty as it is attractive. Try it at your next dinner gathering.

What You'll Need

  • 2 hard-boiled eggs (peeled, cut into quarters)
  • 1 head lettuce (iceberg or romaine)
  • 2 tomatoes (cut into 8 pieces)
  • 1 cucumber (peeled, sliced)
  • 1 bell pepper (red or yellow, sliced into long thin strips)
  • 1/4–1/2 onion (yellow or red, sliced thin)
  • 1 carrot (grated)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can asparagus (white)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts​
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tuna (drained)
  • 1/2 cup green olives (stuffed with anchovies)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (or sherry vinegar)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (extra-virgin Spanish)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Optional: 1 (15 oz.) can baby corn (drained)

How to Make It

  1. Hard boil the eggs. Allow them to cool in cold water. Peel and cut the eggs into quarters or slice into thick slices.
  2. Cut the lettuce head in half. Rinse the lettuce under cold water and allow to drain. While it is draining, cut the tomatoes. Peel and slice the cucumbers and slice the peppers and onion. Grate the carrot.
  3. Open the cans of the other ingredients and drain each one well.
  4. Break up the lettuce into small pieces for a salad. Make a bed of lettuce on a large platter.
  1. On top of the bed, place the tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, and carrots.
  2. Spread the tuna around the bed of lettuce, breaking it up into small chunks with a fork.
  3. Place the egg slices, asparagus, olives, baby corn ears, and artichoke hearts on top.
  4. Dress with oil and vinegar and sprinkle with salt to taste.

Make It Your Own

Don't worry if you are missing one of the ingredients. Each family in Spain has their own version of ensalada mixta, so it is slightly different in every household. Feel free to add your own fresh ingredients from your kitchen and give it a unique spin as well.

Other popular ingredients you can add include anchovies, avocados, black olives, potatoes, and scallions. For the dressing, some people prefer a sherry vinaigrette while others mix lemon juice and chopped cilantro into the olive oil.