Viennese Water Salad

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"There's a little restaurant on the shores of Shawano Lake in Wisconsin that serves German, Austrian and Hungarian food. When you order salad, you get a plate with some cole slaw, some lettuce, some potato salad and a big bottle of "dressing" that looks like and has the consistency of water. This is something like that - a light accompaniment to often-times rich food!"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (175.8 g)
  • Calories 49.1
  • Total Fat - 0.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 155.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 9.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 7.4 g
  • Protein - 1.2 g
  • Calcium - 35.6 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Place the vinegar, sugar and garlic in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring almost to a boil, until sugar is dissolved. Pour liquid into a large mixing bowl.

Step 2

Add the water, salt and olive oil. Whisk together.

Step 3

When ready to serve, drop the greens in the "water" bowl, and turn leaves quickly, until immersed in liquid. Let sit for 2 minutes. Lift greens from bowl, shaking lightly, and divide greens among 4 salad bowls. Pour a little of the remaining water from the mixing bowl over each salad. Serve immediately.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.