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Classic House Salad

House Salad with zesty apple cider vinaigrette is a crisp, fresh, and healthy side salad that can double as a hearty main salad perfect for lunch or dinner!

top down view of house salad on small plate with items surrounding.

I absolutely love a good fresh salad! A few of my favorites include this Vegan Caesar Salad, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Vegan Cobb Salad, and Green Salad. I’ve yet to add an everyday house salad to the recipe collection – until now!

Why We Love This Recipe!

This classic house salad is an everyday favorite and perfect with just about any type of meal. It’s versatile enough to serve with soup, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, etc., adding extra fiber and freshness to meals!

It’s just as great served as a main salad for one or two. I know I thoroughly enjoyed this salad all by myself for a late lunch and early dinner!

What makes this American house salad especially delicious is the simple, lip-smacking apple cider vinaigrette. It adds a nice punch of zestiness along with the healthy benefits that apple cider vinegar offers. Plus, it’s super quick and easy to make!

So when you’re looking for a simple, everyday salad, you can bet this will be a perfect addition to your meal rotation and a favorite for years to come!

top down view of the ingredients used to make the best house salad recipe.

Ingredients You’ll Need

In this house salad recipe, romaine, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and crunchy croutons are dressed with a simple and delicious apple cider vinaigrette for an easy, everyday side salad.

Here is everything you will need:

  • Leafy greens – I used romaine, but you can switch it up with butter lettuce, iceberg, spring mix, or baby spinach.
  • Carrots – Use pre-shredded for ease, or quarter baby carrots for quick matchsticks.
  • Cucumber – Thinly sliced, cut slices in half, or quarter them into smaller pieces.
  • Tomatoes – Slice in half, or if using larger tomatoes cut into wedges or quarters.
  • Red onion – Shallots would be great too.
  • Croutons – Seek out vegan croutons (I used Simply Organic brand that contains no dairy).
  • Dressing – The dressing is a simple mix of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, dijon, garlic, salt + pepper.
side by side photos showing the process of making vinaigrette and chopping romaine.

How to Make House Salad

(Note – The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post)

  • Make the vinaigrette by whisking together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic, dijon, and salt and pepper in a small bowl or glass container.
  • Chop and slice the romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, and whatever else needs prepping.
top down view of freshly assembled house salad with items surrounding.
  • Add the romaine into a large mixing bowl, and top with cucumbers, carrots, red onion, and croutons.
top down view of dressing being poured on house salad.
  • Pour the dressing overtop and toss to mix.

And now you’re ready to enjoy!

Split the salad up as a side salad for 4 – 6, or serve as a big, hearty salad for two!

Salad Tips

top down view of house salad with apple cider vinaigrette.

Serving Suggestions

This house salad is super versatile and can be served with a variety of main dishes and optional toppings, making it a great everyday salad. Here are a few of my favorite options:

side angle view of house salad with apple cider vinaigrette and sliced avocado.

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side angle view of house salad on small plate with items surrounding.

If you try this house salad recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



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This crisp, fresh Classic House Salad is the BEST! Paired with a lip-smacking apple cider vinaigrette it’s a versatile healthy side salad or main meal!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 – 6 1x
  • Category: Side, Salad
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Units Scale
  • 2 heads romaine (about 68 cups), chopped
  • 3/4 cup croutons
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • handful cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (pref. Bragg’s raw)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (see notes)
  • 12 teaspoons dijon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon salt + pepper


Vinaigrette: In a small bowl or glass jar, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, dijon, garlic and salt + pepper. Season to taste.

Assemble Salad: In a large serving bowl, fill with romaine (or leafy greens of choice), top with carrots, onion, cucumber and croutons. Drizzle the dressing overtop and toss to combine.

Serves 4 – 6 small sides, or 1 – 2 as a main meal.

Serve in individual bowls. For more texture and flavor, top with Coconut Bacon, Crispy Roasted Chickpeas or Almond Parmesan for variation. A sprinkle of pepitas, sunflower seeds or hemp seeds would be great too!

Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 – 3 days. If making for meal prep, it might be best to store the salad and dressing separately until ready to serve.


This is just a template, use as much (or little) as you like of the produce.

Sweeten the dressing or make it creamy. Try adding 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup for a little sweetness. And for creaminess, try adding 1 teaspoon or so of tahini.

Oil-free: Use water, or half lemon juice and water, to make the dressing oil-free.

Change up the dressing. Keep it varied using Vegan Ranch, Creamy Ranch Hemp Dressing, Maple Dijon Dressing, Tahini Miso Dressing, or Healthy Flax + Evo Balsamic Vinaigrette.

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  1. Simply the best salad recipe I’ve ever came across. Friend owns a restaurant and inspired a dish from this recipe. Amazing. Try it!!!

  2. I made this salad and took it to friends place to contribute to supper for 5 of us. It was absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely make it again!

  3. If you try one salad recipe, let it be this one! By far the best vegan house salad recipe. Good mixture of crunchy,, creamy and sweet. Love the textures and taste especially the zing of the dressing. Thank you! Merry Christmas 🎄

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