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Italian Leek Salad Recipes

This salad makes use of an often over looked vegetable.

Leek Salad Recipe

Recipe I



  1. Mix together the olive oil, vinegar, shallot, basil, salt, and white pepper.
  2. Heat a pot of water to boiling over high heat.
  3. Trim the root ends of the leeks. Cut the leeks into 5 pieces.
  4. Drop the leek pieces into the water and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove the leeks and drain well.
  6. Place leeks in a shallow dish and over with the dressing mixed together in step 1.
  7. Refrigerate until well chilled (at least 1 hour).
  8. Before serving sprinkle with parsley and slivers of Parmesan cheese.

Note: This salad dressing is a good basic recipe that goes well with many types of greens.

Recipe II



  1. Trim and clean the leeks, and slice into thin strips 3-4" long.
  2. Blanch the leeks in boiling water for 2 minutes, drain and allow to cool.
  3. Remove the core and seeds from the green bell pepper and dice.
  4. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper.
  5. Combine the leeks, green bell pepper, and walnuts in a salad bowl and toss with the dressing.

Note: Dirt can hide in the various layers of the leek. I like to give mine a good rinse after slicing to ensure all the grit is gone.

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