Crunchy Romaine Salad

Crunchy romaine salad is a refreshing salad made of crisp romaine lettuce, cabbage, sweet carrots, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries tossed in a tangy dressing. It’s the perfect blend of flavors and textures that everyone will love.

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This crunchy romaine salad is a crowd-pleaser! It is versatile and customizable; see suggestions for variations below.

In addition, this crunchy romaine toss is one of those healthy salads filled with crunchy vegetables that tastes fantastic, making it a great addition to any meal or as a standalone dish.

🤍Why you will love this recipe

  • It’s refreshing and crisp! The combination of romaine lettuce and cabbage creates a delicious crisp base.
  • It’s versatile and customizable! You can easily customize this salad to suit your tastes. See suggestions below.

Here is what you will need

This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.

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  • Small head romaine lettuce
  • Red Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cranberries
  • Orange juice
  • Orange zest
  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Soy sauce


  • Chef’s knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Large salad bowl

How to make this crunchy romaine salad

Prepare the ingredients: Rinse and dry the lettuce, cabbage and carrots and dry them thoroughly in paper towels or use a salad spinner.

Shred the carrots and cut the cabbage and romaine lettuce into bite-size pieces.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or jar.

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Step 1. Combine salad ingredients

Place the prepared romaine, cabbage, carrots, pumpkin seeds and cranberries into a large bowl.

Step 2. Add dressing

Stir the dressing and pour it over the salad.

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an overhead view of last step, tossed salad in a bowl

Step 3. Toss

Toss the salad and serve.

Ingredient notes and substitutions

Romaine Lettuce -Romaine lettuce adds the right amount of crunch to this salad. In addition to a small head of romaine lettuce, you can add a handful of baby spinach or field greens to add some variety to this salad.

Cabbage – I like red cabbage when making this salad because it adds a nice pop of color. You can also use green cabbage or a combination of both.

Apple Cider Vinegar -I use apple cider vinegar in most of my salads, and it can be substituted with an equal portion of red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, or white wine vinegar if that is your preference.

Serving suggestions

This tasty salad tastes great as a side dish with just about any main course or as a main dish with grilled chicken, tofu or seafood on top.

How to make crunchy romaine salad ahead of time

The ingredients for this salad can easily be prepped and stored for a day or two before serving it and stored separately in the refrigerator.

Just before serving the salad assemble the ingredients, toss in the dressing and serve.

overhead view of romaine salad in a bowl

Recipe variations

As with most salad recipes, this salad recipe is so versatile! You can add more ingredients or change them up to suit your tastes.

Add fruit – While cranberries add sweetness, and you can enhance the fruity aspect by adding slices of fresh seasonal fruit such as apples, pears, peaches, mandarin oranges, or strawberries.

Add whole grains or beans– Make the salad more substantial by adding cooked quinoa, farro, or bulgur wheat. You can also add black beans, lentils or garbanzo beans for plant-based protein.

Creamy additions – If you enjoy creamy textures in your salad, add slices of avocado, crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese.

Extra crunch – For a super crunchy romaine salad, add chopped toasted walnuts, sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, cripsy bacon bits, crunchy ramen noodles, crispy tortilla strips, uncooked quinoa or croutons to add an extra layer of crunch.

Add more veggies – Add more veggies cut into small pieces such as sliced green onions, chopped cauliflower or broccoli florets, or red bell peppers.

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How to store leftover homemade romaine salad

Store leftover crunchy romaine salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.


  • Save time and use a 5-to-6-ounce bag of romaine lettuce pre-washed and cut.
  • Don’t dress the salad until just before serving.
  • For a little extra crunch, toast the pumpkin seeds before adding them to the salad.
How long will this salad stay fresh?

If the lettuce and salad ingredients are dry and cripsy, the salad should stay fresh in the refrigerator for at least a day as long as the dressing has not been added.

What is the best way to clean and dry lettuce for a salad?

The best way to clean lettuce for a salad is to run it under cold water, making sure all of the dirt is off the lettuce, and then wrap it in a towel to dry it or use a salad spinner to remove excess moisture from the salad.

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Crunchy Romaine Salad

A refreshing salad tossed in a tangy dressing that is the perfect blend of flavors and textures.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People
Calories 209 kcal



  • 1 small head Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 cup Cabbage
  • 1 Carrot shredded
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries


  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice Freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Zest
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce


For the Salad

  • Prepare the ingredients: Rinse 1 small head Romaine Lettuce, a small wedge of cabbage to make 1 cup Cabbage, and thoroughly with paper towels or use a salad spinner.
  • Make the dressing: combine the 1/4 cup Olive Oil, 1 tablespoon Orange Zest, 1/4 cup Orange Juice, 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar. 1 tablespoon Honey, 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard., 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce in a small bowl or jar.
  • Shred 1 Carrot and cut the cabbage and romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place the vegetables and 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds, and 1/4 cup Orange Juice into a large salad bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.


Serving: 1bowlCalories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 3.6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 131mg
Keyword Crunchy Romaine Salad
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