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Lettuce with apples, sultanas and pine nuts   Our original home cooking

Generally, I prepare this green salad for Christmas and when I have guests in autumn and winter. It is quick to make if you use ready-to-eat lettuce that is lettuce in modified atmosphere pack. I prefer to buy green salad in the nearest farmer market but when I have little time I confess it is really handy.

Lettuce with apples, sultanas and pine nuts
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Lettuce, apples, pine nuts and sultanas

Ingredients / Serves 6

  • 200g (7 ounces) lettuce, cleaned, washed and well drained
  • 30g (1 ounce) pine nuts
  • 40g (1.4 ounces) sultanas
  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Half a lemon
  • Salt
  • Time:
    preparation: 15 minutes
    cooking: not required
    total: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    easy recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 119 (kcal) 6 % GDA (*)- 496 (kJ)
    Protein: 2.3 (g) 5 % GDA
    Total fat: 7.6 (g) 11 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 10.8 (g) 4 % GDA
    Sugars: 10.8 (g) 12 % GDA

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Recipe for lettuce salad with apples, sultanas and pine nuts


  • - Soak sultanas in warm water for about 20-30 minutes.
    Then squeeze of their soaking water.
  • - Generally, I rinse ready to eat lettuce at least once, quickly.
  • - Put lettuce in a large bowl.
    Add pine nuts, sultanas and apple cubes, sprinkled with lemon juice.
    You have to add apple cubes just before serving your side dish.
  • - Season to taste with olive oil and salt.

Just before serving

  • - Your dish is ready to serve.



  • - You can use corn salad (Valerianella locusta) too for this side dish. My tip is to avoid it when you have guests. It is not appreciated by all.
  • - Choose the apples you prefer.

Menu planning

  • - Lettuce with apples, pinenuts and sultanas is the best side dish for boiled meat, veal cutlets (Milanese style), grilled meat or fish.
  • - It's a very tasty dish for a meal, buffet-style. In this case the doses are enough for 12 people.

Healthy eating

  • - Tip for your everyday menu. Being a rich side dish, prepare it to accompany grilled fish or meat dishes that require little seasoning.
  • - Fiber per serving: 2.1 grams