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Torn iceberg lettuce, dried mint and pickled onions

Shane Delia
Shane Delia

This simple salad makes a robust accompaniment to spicy, Middle Eastern-style mains.

Crunch and spice: Torn iceberg lettuce, dried mint, pickled onions.
Big flavours: Torn iceberg lettuce, dried mint, pickled onions. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen


½ large iceberg lettuce, washed

1 clove of Australian rose garlic

juice of 1 lemon

2 tbsp dried mint

1 tbsp sumac

100ml good olive oil

100g small pickled cocktail onions (store-bought is fine)


1. Using your hands, tear up the lettuce into even pieces.

2. Using a mortar and pestle, smash up the garlic cloves with a touch of salt to help. Add the lemon juice, herbs and spices and olive oil.

3. Chop up the pickled onions.

4. Dress Toss the lettuce leaves with the dressing, from the mortar and add the pickled onions and serve in a suitable bowl.

This recipe pairs perfectly with Shane Delia's poached chicken and rice, ginger, pinenuts and barberries.

Main ingredient:
Lettuce, Onion/Leek
Middle Eastern
Side Dish
Dinner Party

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