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Korean Green Salad

Learn how to make Korean style green salad. Or you could call it Korean lettuce salad since there is so much lettuce in it!

It’s so easy and quick to make. This salad will compliment well any type of grilled Korean BBQ meat, so make some at your next Korean BBQ gathering!

Korean green salad in a white bowl

What goes in Korean Green Salad

  • Use your choice of mixed greens. I used a mix of butterhead lettuce, baby spinach, arugula (rocket), baby swiss chard, oak lettuce, and a few other varieties I don’t know well. (Some of these were from a spring mix packet from a grocer.)
  • I typically throw some thinly sliced cucumbers, purple onions and apples in there too. They all add nice texture and flavor. I sometimes use nashi pear instead of apple depending on what I have in my fridge.
  • This salad is accompanied by sweet and tangy soy sauce based Korean salad dressing. But if you want a little bit of heat, you can even add some gochugaru (Korean chili flakes) too. It’s nice!
  • Lastly, some people might add a little bit of toasted sesame oil in the dressing, but I opted out to make the salad even lighter and less overwhelming. But I can totally see it working well in the dressing if you want to go for it.

Korean green salad ingredients in a bowl

How to Make Korean Style Green Salad (Lettuce Salad)

Making Korean style green salad is super easy!  Simply place all the main salad ingredients in a mixing bowl then pour over the salad dressing. Gently toss to coat.

I like to add toasted sesame seeds at the end of the process because I find that the dressing gets coated more evenly this way. 

Pouring over salad dressing

What to Serve With

As I already mentioned, it’s great as a Korean BBQ salad. Spicy or non-spicy, you just name it!

But you could also simply serve it as a side dish with steamed rice. I’ve been serving it with my latest favorite – Korean purple rice and chicken bulgogi and it’s been great.


How to Store

Once the salad is seasoned with the dressing, it doesn’t store well. Acidity in the dressing will wilt leaves.

If you’re planning ahead for a BBQ or something else, store the prepared ingredients separately and combine with the dressing just before serving.

Korean green salad in a white bowl

Korean Green Salad

Easy Korean green salad recipe. It's a perfect side dish to serve with your Korean BBQ
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Side dishes
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: green salad, korean lettuce salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 29kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen



  • 100 g mixed green salad (3.5 ounces)
  • 50 g apple or nashi pear (optional), peeled & thinly sliced (1.8 ounces)
  • 50 g cucumber (optional), thinly sliced (1.8 ounces)
  • 20 g red onion (optional), thinly sliced (0.7 ounces)
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (optional), to garnish



  • Combine the salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk well until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  • Place the main salad ingredients (except for sesame seeds) in a mixing bowl and pour over the salad dressing. Gently toss to coat. Sprinkle sesame seeds sparingly over the salad. Serve.


* If you want to learn more about Korean ingredients, check my essential Korean ingredients list.

Nutrition Info (per serving)

Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 432IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: October 12, 2019
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Welcome to my Korean kitchen! I’m so happy that you're here. I am Sue, the creator behind My Korean Kitchen (since 2006). I love good food and simplifying recipes. Here you will find my best and family approved recipes. Thanks for stopping by!

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18 thoughts on “Korean Green Salad”

  1. Huge fan of this salad combo and easy to make dressing. I’ve made the dressing without fish sauce and it’s still delicious without it.

  2. Hi Sue, So happy to have found you here. I have a question that perhaps you can help with. A local restaurant has what we think is a Korean salad dressing. The dressing includes (I think) soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and minced pear (or perhaps apple). We adore this dressing and would like to make it at home. Are you familiar with such a recipe?

  3. I like korean style food and wondering any food that specially designed for diabetes patient.
    I will be great if you have some specialty designed food for diabetes patients like me.

  4. my friend and I started dieting this week and I’m always on the lookout for something delicious and healthy and this salad ticks all the boxes, absolutely perfect!

  5. This was quick, easy and very tasty. Hubby who always asks for mayo, no matter what kind of salad I make…did not ask! I used some chard from the garden, fresh spinach, apple, Vidalia onion (was out of red), some red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, tamari and a little organic sugar. Was out of fish sauce, so just omitted it. It was delicious. I will be making it regularly.


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