The Brazilian Version of a Simple Salad

Simple Salad

The salad that came with our lunch!

A Brazilian salad is probably not going to be the first thing that you think of when you turn your attention to Brazil. Instead, you will probably think about football (soccer for the Americans), beaches, barbecue, fruity drinks, warm weather, and bikini’s. Well, let me add something else to your list of Brazilian associations….a simple Brazilian style salad.

Although Brazilians eat salad almost everyday it is not their speciality and they have not made a name for themselves from their saladDespite all of this I have come to love the Brazilian style salads and think more credibility needs to be given to them! Since first seeing and having a salad in Brazil I have not been able to get enough of the beautiful salad displays and the simple mix of fresh flavors.

Recently I went out for lunch with my husband and a friend, we each ordered a simple plate of rice, beans, fries, collard, and meat and with our meal came a salad. Before the salad came out I really didn’t think much about it. All I could think about was the amazing tasting pineapple and mint juice I was drinking (more about the delicious Brazilian juices to come). When our salad came out I was immediately excited to dig in. The beautiful orange color of the carrots, the red tomatoes, green olives, onions, and cheese looked stunningly simple on the plate. Before even tasting it I knew that this salad would be wonderful….and it WAS!

Yes, Brazilian salads are simple, but I think the simplicity of them is so exciting…and they are always really tasty. The traditional salad dressing is also wonderful: just olive oil, lemon, and salt bring out the amazingly fresh flavors of the grated and sliced vegetables and the lettuce.

Simple Brazilian Salad

My salad at home.


1 head of lettuce
1 grated carrot
1 grated beets
1 thinly sliced tomato
1 peeled and sliced cucumber
1 lemon or lime cut into wedges
Olive oil to serve
Salt to serve

Wash and prepare the lettuce. Cut thinly or leave the leafs whole. Arrange leaves on a large plate. Grate the carrots and place in a small pile on the plate. Grate beets and place in a small pile on the plate. Finely slice the tomato and place on salad plate. Peel and slice the cucumber and place on salad plate. Cut lemon wedges and arrange around or in a pile on the salad plate.

You can add or take away anything from the salad, three other things that I like to include in this salad are onions, green or black olives with pit, and feta cheese.

For a PDF of this Recipe CLICK HERE!


4 thoughts on “The Brazilian Version of a Simple Salad

  1. It is so true, Brazilian salads are not on the main page of cookbooks, but they are always excellent! I love a salad with hearts of palm, by the way…. and hard boiled eggs, although many people frown upon the humble hard boiled egg 🙂


  2. This is great, Saskia! I love salad. In Brazil, I have some restrictions to eat it in daily basis. After years eating the beautiful biodynamic/organic vegetables in Copake I have “um pé atrás” with our vegetables here. But they are colorful. I like to put some hard boiled quail eggs (ovos de codorna) Small morsels of protein in your salad! Abs!


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