Not a Potato Irish Pub Salad Recipe
For St. Patrick’s Day or any time of year, this Irish Pub salad is a crunchy salad with hard cooked eggs and cheese, served with a tarragon dressing. Watch the video!
Friends, enjoy this Irish Pub Salad, a delicious salad if you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash! Irish food is not all about Irish potatoes, which so many people think, although you may want to try this Irish Potato Pie recipe!
What is an Irish Pub Salad?
Use your favorite greens and add in a tany dressing with hard cooked eggs, a tasty Irish cheddar or Blue Cheese. My mom would have served it with a French Roquefort. Don’t forget the pickled green beans, tomatoes, and adding beets is another option.
And then serving it with a slice of buttered soda bread–yes, please!
St. Patrick’s Day
In the spirit of spring and St. Patrick’s Day coming up–true confessions here, being married to an Irish man–I’ve never really made a “true” Irish green salad before! So, after almost 27 years of marriage, I finally broke down and made one this past week.
Paul and I visited Ireland 11 years ago, so with my trusty memory (not always so good – ha ha), I put together this yummy salad for our family dinner last week, thinking back to the Irish salads we enjoyed in Dublin.
Also, I wanted to create a new recipe for an upcoming St. Paddy’s Day dinner.
It’s Not Irish Potatoes
I’m calling this an Irish Pub Salad, because after flying in to Dublin and not having our luggage for 4 days, we crashed in our hotel room for a 4-hour nap, then ventured out to Grafton Street.
The first pub we visited in Dublin was the Davey Byrnes Pub, where we drank a very large Guinness upon arrival–fresh off the tap, met Paul’s cousin for the very first time (so exciting), and devoured an “Irish Pub Salad.” Everyone always seems to ask about Irish potatoes!
Irish Flag Salad
The few days we enjoyed Dublin, it seemed salads were included with every meal, usually with some kind of pickled vegetable, tomatoes, eggs, and cheese. Of course you can substitue the cheese, but I used an English cheddar in my recipe.
Think patriotic, and create a salad with greens, orange (cheese or orange slices) and white cheese–the colors of Ireland’s national flag.
Tangy Tarragon dressing
I also love the flavor of tarragon, an herb that is mildly savory, and very delicious in a salad dressing. This homemade dressing is delightful, makes me think of Spring!
So now I’m dreaming of a St. Patrick’s Day get-together, with a big pot of Guinness Stew in the center of the table, with hot buttery pieces of soda bread on the side, this green, salad, and maybe a bread pudding for dessert?
March is the month to plan your Irish party! :) If you enjoy cooking Irish food, don’t forget to invite an Irish friend over to enjoy the meal with you
HOW TO BOIL THE PERFECT EGG:
To hard-boil eggs, with a spoon, gently place each egg in a medium pot of boiling water. Bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour out hot water and fill the pan with a mixture of cold water, and ice cubes; let stand until the eggs are completely cooled. Always peel under cold running water!
Irish Pub Salad Recipe
- 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 to 3 teaspoons water
- 8 cups torn Boston or Bibb lettuce
- 6 cups of pickled beets pickled green beans, sliced cucumber, diced tomatoes, shredded cabbage and sliced onions.
- 4 hard-boiled eggs peeled, sliced
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese
- To hard-boil eggs, with a spoon, gently place each egg in a medium pot of boiling water. Bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour out hot water and fill the pan with a mixture of cold water, and ice cubes; let stand until the eggs are completely cooled. Always peel under cold running water!
- Mix together the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, tarragon, mustard, and water in a small bowl; set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the lettuce with other toppings, or make 4 individual salads. Slice the eggs in quarters; place on top.
- Drizzle salad dressing over the salad; serve!
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