vlita salad recipe, amaranth greens or pigweed salad

Vlita salad – Amaranth greens or pigweed salad

Vlita salad is a simple but delicious combination of vegetables and greens originating from the island of Crete in Greece. It is usually topped with an easy Ladolemono dressing to skyrocket its deliciousness!

Amaranth salad recipe

What is Vlita salad and what it goes with?

Vlita, also known as Amaranth Greens or Pigweed as you might have heard them, are very tasty greens with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

The zucchini and boiled potatoes that are added to this salad topped with a simple Ladolemono dressing, help balance the bitterness of the greens and resulting in a delicious and very nutritious salad. It can accompany beautifully any meat or fish.

vlita salad recipe

What is Ladolemono dressing and how do make it?

Ladolemono is a quick and very simple dressing made from olive oil and lemon juice. Use a fork to mix the lemon juice with the olive oil little by little until it becomes a thick sauce and it is ready to pour over our salads or fish.

The bowl that we will use to make the Ladolemono must be clean and dry, otherwise, our dressing will not thicken nicely. This density of Ladolemono helps to sit on top of the food and not fall on the plate.

We always prepare the Ladolemono just before we serve our food because as time goes by the lemon starts to separate from the olive oil. 

ladolemono dressing recipe
Ladolemono dressing poured over Vlita salad (Amaranth greens, pigweed)
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vlita salad recipe, amaranth greens or pigweed salad

Vlita salad – Amaranth greens or pigweed salad

Prep: 10m | Cook: 30m | Total: 40m | Serves: 6


  • 1kg Vlita (Amaranth greens or Pigweed)
  • 4 zucchini, cut in half and quartered
  • 2 potatoes, boiled and peeled
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Lemon, its juice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Wash, clean, and drain the Amaranth greens, zucchini, and potatoes.
  2. Add the greens to a pot with boiling water and add the zucchini on top of them.
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 7 minutes.
  4. Remove them, strained, in a bowl and set them aside.
  5. Add the potatoes (skin on) to a pot with fresh water and bring to a boil.
  6. Let them simmer for 30min, then remove their skin and cut them into wedges to add to your salad.
  7. Prepare the Ladolemono dressing by slowly pouring the juice of 1 lemon into 3 Tbsp of olive oil and stirring with a fork with fast but airy movements.
  8. Add part of the ingredients to a bowl or plate and pour the Ladolemono on top.
vlita salad nutrition facts

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