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Sangchu Geotjeori: The Classic Korean Lettuce Salad

Sweet, savory, great touch of acid- this salad will hold strong at any gathering/dinner table that you bring it to!

If you ever want to switch up your boring salad, here is a delicious Korean lettuce salad that brings a lot of flavor and is SUPER simple to make. While Sangchu Geotjeori traditionally uses limited ingredients of just red and green leaf lettuce, I adapted this by adding some other vegetables to make this a more filling salad. Perfect for your summer dinner table as well- this dressing is used for the salad is so addicting, you'll want to add it to everything!

Korean Lettuce Salad (Sangchu Geotjeori)



  • 1/4 cup gochujang

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (I like to use Kikkoman)

  • 2 TB of honey

  • 2 TB of maple syrup

  • 2 TB of sesame oil

  • 3 TB of rice wine vinegar

  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1-2 TB of my Hot Chili Oil

  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

  • salt/pepper to taste


  • 4 cups of mixed red/green leaf lettuce

  • 1 cup of shredded carrots

  • 1 cup of julienned cucumber

  • 3 scallions chopped on a bias

  • Optional: any other vegetables you desire to use (red/yellow peppers, spinach, tomatoes, etc.)

  • Optional: toasted sesame seeds to garnish



  1. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Taste to adjust seasoning, if you want more acidity or sweetness. Or better yet, more spice!

  2. Wash, prep and cut any vegetables you are using in your salad. Place into a large bowl.

  3. Pour about 1/2 of your dressing on salad, tossing with tongs to combine.

  4. Taste and add more dressing if desired. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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