Crispy Lemon Parm Salad

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Crispy Lemon Parm Salad. This salad is only a few ingredients and takes 2 minutes to prep. The crispy lettuce paired with the nutty parmesan is everything I love in a simple salad. It tastes like Caesar, but better! The recipe is inspired by my foodie friend @erinnobrienn as she shared a similar recipe on her Instagram page last year, so be sure to give her some love! If you have a recipe like this in your country please let me know below.

Crispy Lemon Parm Salad

Crispy Lemon Parm Salad

This is the easiest most perfect salad for anyone that loves a good Caesar salad without the extra work.
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Servings: 2
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 7 minutes


  • 3-4 cups of chopped lettuce of choice , I used 1/2 Romaine and 1/2 Iceberg
  • salt to taste
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • juice of 1/2-1 lemon , to taste
  • 1/3-1/4 cups good quality grated parmigiano Reggiano, measure with your heart
  • croutons are optional , homemade or store-bought


  • Wash, dry, chop the lettuce and add it to a bowl.
  • Add a pinch of salt, a drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice and finely grated parm.
  • Cube two slices of bread and season with salt, dry oregano, and drizzle on a touch of olive oil.
  • Bake the croutons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper at 400F for 12-15 minutes until golden or on the stove.
  • I crisped mine on the stove on medium heat with a touch more olive oil for about 4-5 minutes or until golden. Toss them with the salad and enjoy!



I made my own croutons by cubing 2 slices of rye bread, drizzling 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil, sprinkling a touch of salt and dry oregano and massaging it.
You can bake them in the oven at 400F for 12-15 min or even crisp them up in a pan on the stove with a touch more olive oil.
Feel free to use store-bought croutons as well or completely leave them out.
Grilled chicken or any protein on top would be lovely.
Wash the lettuce well and use a salad spinner or pat it dry well.
Be sure to use good quality Parmigiano Reggiano, it should have a stamp on the rind. Please don’t use anything boxed as it will alter the taste completely. 
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Hi! I'm Sneji. Nice to meet you!

I am more commonly known as “The Modern Nonna” on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world – my grandma’s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my life…

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