Korean lettuce salad

Sangchu-geotjeori 상추겉절이

Today I’m going to show my my all-time favorite fast and easy recipe for a quick, spicy salad that can be made from a head of lettuce. When my napa cabbage kimchi gets old and sour, I sometimes crave a fresher kimchi that’s not so aged. Sangchu-geotjeori is a bright, spicy, lightly seasoned lettuce salad that meant to be made and eaten eaten right away, not fermented like kimchi. But it’s still spicy and tangy, like freshly made kimchi.

It’s a great side dish for LA galbi or bulgogi, and can also be mixed with rice and doenjang-jjigae for a quick bibimbap. It’s a go-to for me when I need a fast side dish to go with rice when I have sudden guests. If your guests like spicy stuff, I guarantee they will go crazy over this. I sure do! If you are a vegetarian, skip fish sauce and use salt or more soy sauce.

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There are many kinds of geotjeori (fresh salads) in Korean cuisine, this one just happens to be made with lettuce. As time goes on, I’ll show you more.

Enjoy the recipe, and let me know if you try it out!

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 bunch (about ½ pound: 8-9 ounces ) green or red leaf lettuce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup worth onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (or salt)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

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Directions

  1. Wash and drain the lettuce. Shake the lettuce to remove excess water.
    Korean lettuce salad making
  2. Tear the lettuce into bite size pieces and set aside.
  3. Combine garlic, green onion, onion, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, hot pepper flakes, and sesame oil in a large mixing bowl and mix it well until the sugar is well dissolved.Korean-sala-seasoningKorean lettuce salad (sangchu geotjeori-seasonings)
  4. Add the lettuce to the seasoning mixture and mix it gently by hand.Korean lettuce salad (Sangchu geotjeori: 상추겉절이)
  5. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve it right away as a side dish for rice.

Korean lettuce salad (Sangchu geotjeori: 상추겉절이)

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15 Comments:

  1. Emacky Edmonton, AB joined 6/14 & has 1 comment

    Not sure how I missed this recipe. My partner and I LOVE this salad, but couldn’t find a recipe. So happy we found this! Cannot wait to use it

  2. Ajoseph07 Bowie, MD joined 7/18 & has 1 comment

    Is this KETO friendly? Or can I pretend it is, and make it anyways? (I might replasce the sugar with monkfruit)
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  3. Cornelius B. Ecuador joined 12/17 & has 38 comments

    Made some Sangchu-geotjeori as a side dish to Gajami yangnyeom-twigim. Just made a double portion of the dressing, and keep it in an empty salad dressing bottle in the fridge, for future use. Added one teaspoon of minced ginger to the recipe, though: made it perfect.

  4. Vimal Muscat, Oman. joined 10/17 & has 4 comments

    Maangchiiiiii, in Step 3 of recipe u forgot to mention Mr.Soy Sauce!

  5. Bjean Pittsburgh joined 11/17 & has 1 comment

    Just made this so fresh and tasty


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  6. eramire Gainesville, GA joined 6/17 & has 1 comment

    Hello! I currently don’t have red pepper flakes but really want to make this recipe. Do you think I can substitute a small amount of gochujang and thin it out with the vinegar in order to make the dressing for this salad?

  7. sandriangem Philippines joined 8/14 & has 2 comments

    this is what I’m looking for, my family went to a Korean restaurant last Sunday, and they served this salad as appetizer and my family love it, so I decided to look for the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Joyce Irvine, CA. joined 9/09 & has 15 comments

    Hi Maangchi! This is a great everyday salad recipe. I tried making it for me and Bok and topped it with pan-seared catfish. He had a great dinner. Happy hubby… Thanks for another wonderful recipe..

  9. mariegoos joined 11/15 & has 1 comment

    I love this salad! I’ve already made it twice with both lettuce and bok choy. In fact, I love the onions in it so much that I used the dressing to marinate onions– so good! I served them with shrimp grilled in your buldak marinade and lettuce for wrapping. It was delicious. Thanks for the recipe!


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  10. Lynnjamin New York joined 11/14 & has 31 comments

    I made this last night. Unbelievably good. I had a spare cucumber, so I tossed it in with the lettuce. Is there any vegetable on earth that is not improved by adding the Miracle Ingredients? Any recipe tagged with {fish sauce, garlic, green onion, hot pepper flakes, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, toasted sesame seeds, vinegar} just goes right off the chart, doesn’t it?

  11. nariswariputri indonesia joined 9/13 & has 2 comments

    woah!! my mom really love this bancan and i don’t know how to make it and finally u made it, Thankyouuuuuuuu!

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