Wilted Lettuce

Prep: 15 minutes (need cooked potatoes) Cook: 15 minutes


My mother used to make this all the time when I was a child because it was one of my dad's favorites. I have to admit that I was not happy when this was on our dinner table in the evening because I was not fond of it back then. Now the combination of potatoes and lettuce is very appealing to us and this often makes a hearty, yet refreshing simple meal during the summer months.


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 large cooked and peeled potatoes
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • several twists fresh ground pepper
  • 1 large head lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped (optional)


Saute the chopped onion in a small amount of water over high heat, stirring until it browns slightly. Mash the potatoes with a fork and add them to the onions. Add the water and the vinegar. Cook and stir until mixture is smooth and hot. Season with pepper to taste. Remove from heat.

Put the shredded lettuce (and optional chopped green onion, if desired) into a large bowl. Pour the hot potato mixture over the lettuce. Toss well and serve at once.

HELPFUL HINTS: This is a good use for leftover mashed potatoes -use about 2 cups. Taste the potato mixture as you are cooking it and add a bit more vinegar or water to get the proper texture and seasoning before pouring over the lettuce. It should be like a thick sauce with no lumps and be slightly acidic in taste.