Bitter Herb Salad

At a Jewish Passover Seder meal like the one Jesus was celebrating on Holy Thursday with the apostles, bitter herbs are served as a reminder of the bitterness of the slavery endured by the Jewish people in Egypt. This salad is bitter and sour (and yet very tasty). Kids don’t usually LOVE it. But in our family everyone must try it. If they don’t like the bitterness, we discuss how that’s kind of the whole point.
Prep Time 15 mins
Rest Time 1 hr
Servings 4


For the Salad

  • 1 5 ounce package Herb Mixed Greens Salad
  • 1 Large Orange cut the peel off and slice into segments
  • 6 ounces Jicama peeled and julienned (substitute carrots or parsnips if you wish)
  • 1 cup Pistachios shelled and toasted
  • 1/2 cup Goat Cheese your choice, chevre, feta, etc.

For the Dressing

  • 1 Lemon zest of
  • 1 Orange zest of
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice fresh
  • 1 Large Shallot minced finely
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste


  • Toast the pistachio nuts and set aside to cool.
  • Prepare the vinaigrette in a small, non-reactive bowl and allow to marinate. It is best made at least 1 hour in advance.
  • When it’s time to serve, toss the greens with the remaining salad ingredients and 1 tablespoon of the salad dressing in a large salad bowl.
  • Serve the remaining salad dressing on the side.