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.

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. 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 toasted 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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  1. Heidifromoz Perth joined 5/18 & has 6 comments

    Hi Maangchi. I regularly make traditional style Kim chi (using Napa cabbage) but as I currently have a glut of lettuces, was looking for a lettuce Kim chi recipe. This one of yours looks good but I note it is for immediate consumption. Do you have one for fermented Kim chi lettuce please?


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