A raw mushroom salad partnered with an Italian favourite – Gremolata! A healthy salad chock full of B-vitamins, rich in protein, satisfying and low carb.
The earthy mushrooms in this salad are elevated from basic to sublime with the addition of Gremolata we have also added some nutty hazelnuts and a zingy lemon dressing to really bring your taste buds to life.
With this salad there is no need to miss out on flavour just because you are following a special eating plan – it is gluten and dairy-free, low-carb, keto, vegan, vegetarian and paleo-friendly.
FOR THE BEST RAW MUSHROOM SALAD
What is Gremolata?
Gremolata is thought to have originated from the French word gremolade, it is a quintessential Italian herby condiment that is made with parsley, lemon zest and garlic. It was Traditionally used to brighten Osso Bucco Alla Milanese and to combat the richness of the meat braised slowly for hours. Gremolata is to Italian cuisine what Chimichurri is to Argentine cuisine or a Persillade is to French cuisine and is used, to brighten a stew, top a steak or stir through some pasta.
For a successful gremolata, you must use the freshest ingredients available. Vibrant and bright green parsley, firm aromatic lemons and pungent garlic. So, leave your limp parsley, shrivelled lemons and soft garlic to use in something else.
You Will Need
If you make this salad the day before you would like to serve it the mushrooms will marinate in the lemon juice and absorb all the heavenly flavours from the hazelnut gremolata.
Transforming them into brilliantly-flavourful fungi!
How to Make This Salad: Step-by-Step
Step 1 - Make the Hazelnut Gremolata
Step 2 - Prepare the Mushrooms
Step 1 - Assemble Your Raw Mushroom Salad
🍽 Serving Suggestions
The fresh citrusy flavours in the gremolata pair well with the deep, rich flavours of a braise, smoked meat, roasts, a great side for steak or stir through the leftovers through pasta for a quick meal the next day.
Tips and Questions (FAQs)
What Mushrooms Should I Use?
The best mushrooms to use raw in a salad are button mushrooms and white caps as they hold their firm shape and become little sponges of deliciousness with all the flavourful ingredients we will be adding
Can You Eat Raw Mushrooms?
Yes, Fresh mushrooms that are available at grocery stores, at your local veggie store or at markets can be safely eaten raw.
Some mushroom varieties to try are - cremini, portabellas and enoki mushrooms raw.
Can I Prepare the Salad in Advance?
Yes, this is a great salad to make in advance as the longer you leave it in the dressing the more the mushrooms will absorb all the delicious flavours from the gremolata and the dressing.
Can I Make a Larger Batch of This Salad for a Crowd?
Certainly! If you're serving a larger group, you can easily scale up the recipe by doubling or tripling the ingredients accordingly. You can also add some rocket/arugula or baby spinach to make it more budget-friendly.
How Do You Store Leftover Mushroom Salad?
Pop any leftover salad in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for approximately 4-5 days.
- Food Processor
- 4 cups white button mushrooms, sliced (approximately 500 grams or 17.7 ounces)
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1 cup olive oil
- Sea salt & cracked black pepper
- 1 cup parsley leaves (roughly chopped and packed tightly)
- ⅔ cup Hazelnuts (roasted)
- 1 small garlic clove (minced)
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1-2 lemons)
- To quickly clean the mushrooms, gently submerge them in a bowl of water, agitate to get rid of the dirt, remove them and pat dry with a towel.
- Cut off the mushroom stems then slice thinly with a knife or use your food processor.
- Put all the ingredients for the hazelnut gremolata in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped but not pureed into a paste (you still want to see some hazelnut bits).
- Place your sliced mushrooms, gremolata, lemon juice and oil in a large mixing bowl, season with salt and pepper, toss until the mushrooms are well coated with the dressing and the gremolata is evenly distributed throughout.
- Arrange in a salad bowl and serve.