Raw mushroom salad with lime cilantro dressing

A light and easy side dish, perfect to pair with your favourite grilled foods, this raw mushroom salad comes together in 10 minutes. Also known as mushroom carpaccio, it consists of thinly sliced mushrooms served with a citrus and olive oil dressing. In this recipe we are going for a cilantro lime dressing, and we top it all with some parmesan flakes.

Raw mushroom salad is one of those less famous Italian recipes, just like roasted pepper flans or shrimp in cocktail sauce. I often wondered why, since it’s so easy to make and such a potential crowd pleaser. There is nothing difficult about this salad recipe, and it comes together in 10 minutes. I remember that my mom used to make raw mushroom salad in the summer when I was growing up. Sometimes it was too hot for warm food, and this salad was always such a refreshing option.

Insalata di funghi crudi a base di funghi coltivati, lime, coriandolo e scaglie di parmigiano.

The original way to make this salad is with lemon juice and parsley, a combo widely used in Italian cuisine. In this raw mushroom salad recipe I decided to use two close alternatives: lime and cilantro. This gives the salad a slight Mexican twist, but you can go ahead and use lemon and parsley instead, if you prefer.

Like many vegetarian Italian recipes, you just need to omit the cheese to enjoy a vegan raw mushroom salad. Olive oil is the traditional condiment of choice in many Italian dishes, rather than butter. This makes it very easy to convert most vegetarian dishes into vegan ones, as often you just have to skip the cheese.

Succo di lime e olio d'oliva mescolati in un barattolo, coriandolo tritato e sale a parte.

Raw mushroom salad ingredients

  • Cultivated mushrooms – also known as button mushrooms or champignon, they are the cheapest, most easily available mushrooms you can find. And for this raw mushroom salad they’re just perfect.
  • Olive oil – there is no better condiment you can use in a salad when you want to deliver that Mediterranean flavour. Single-origin extra-virgin olive oil just has to be the best possible choice.
  • Lime juice – you need an acidic ingredient in your salad dressing and lime juice was just the perfect pairing with the next ingredient in this list.
  • Cilantro – fresh coriander leaves have this citrusy quality that contrasts with the earthy and nutty tone of the mushrooms.
  • Parmigiano flakes – not only do they look fabulous in a salad, but they pack each bite with salty flavour.
  • Salt & pepper – can’t live without the classics.

Funghi champignon, scaglie di parmigiano, olio d'oliva e coriandolo fresco.

How to make raw mushroom salad

The most difficult step in this salad, the one that takes up most of the 10 minutes it takes this recipe, is slicing the mushrooms. I’ve always preferred thinly sliced mushrooms in mushroom salad and that obviously requires a little more focus than a quick chop.

  • Clean the mushrooms from any soil that might have been attached to their stem, cut them in half and then proceed to thinly slice them. You can also choose to use a mandoline. Place sliced mushrooms in a bowl.
  • Combine the olive oil, lime juice and a pinch of salt in a small jar. Add 2 tbsp of chopped fresh cilantro. Close the lid of the jar and shake vigorously to combine. Pour the mixture over the sliced mushrooms.
  • Toss the mushrooms to distribute the dressing all over. Feel free to add more olive oil or more lime juice to taste. Top the salad with parmigiano flakes and freshly cracked black pepper. As a finishing touch you can decorate the salad with some cilantro leaves and lime slices. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours to enjoy a properly cold salad when the summer is at its peak. Or make it any time of the year, as a nice side dish to your favourite meat recipes.

Insalata di funghi crudi con lime, coriandolo e scaglie di parmigiano.

Is raw mushroom salad safe to eat?

Eating raw mushrooms is quite uncommon. Most people will recommend cooking mushrooms before consumption. The world of mushrooms is big, and indeed it includes varieties that are toxic. But cultivated mushrooms are the most harmless of them all. What makes them even more safe to eat raw is the fact that they come refrigerated, which dramatically reduces their level of agaritine (the baddest toxin in button ‘shrooms).

This raw mushrooms salad is not completely raw-raw if we want to say it all. The addition of lime juice causes denaturation, a process similar to cooking. It is what makes raw meat safer to eat in carpaccio. And this is why this salad takes often the name of mushroom carpaccio. By the way, if you like carpaccio you definitely have to check out my smoked salmon carpaccio with raw asparagus. Asparagus is pretty uncommon raw, too, but it’s so good!

Insalata di funghi crudi al coriandolo e lime con scaglie di parmigiano.

More mushroom goodness!

I have a slight obsession with button mushrooms. I love their texture, I love that they are so versatile and so cheap! I always leave the store after a grocery haul with one or two packages of cultivated mushrooms! As I’m trying to consume less meat, I find mushrooms an excellent food to prepare when I want to skip making a meat main. Here are some other button mushroom recipes from this blog:

Did you ever try raw mushroom salad or mushroom carpaccio? I am curious to know what you thought of it! Drop me a comment below, and pin your recipe for later reference if this is something you would like to try in the future!

Raw mushroom salad with lime cilantro and parmigiano flakes.
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Raw mushroom salad

Easy raw mushroom salad made with cultivated mushrooms, parmigiano flakes, cilantro, olive oil and lime. A great side dish ready in 10 minutes!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cilantro lime dressing, italian, raw mushrooms, salad, side dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 258kcal
Author Eva | Electric Blue Food


  • 8 button mushrooms (appr. 130 g)
  • 40 g olive oil
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 30 g parmigiano flakes
  • salt & pepper


  • Clean the mushrooms from any residual soil. Cut in half and proceed to thinly slice them. Add the sliced mushrooms to a bowl.
  • In a small jar combine the olive oil, lime juice, chopped cilantro and a pinch of salt. Close the jar and shake it vigorously to mix.
  • Pour the dressing mixture over the mushrooms and toss to combine. Top with parmigiano flakes and freshly cracked black pepper.


The nutrition information provided is only an estimate based on a suggested serving size.
Nutrition Facts
Raw mushroom salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 245mg11%
Potassium 254mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 144IU3%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 183mg18%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Linda June 22, 2020 at 22:53

    5 stars
    I had never heard of a raw mushroom salad before so I was pleasantly surprised at how refreshing it was.It was super easy to prepare and was a nice side to our grilled fish meal. I like that you switched out the normal ingredients for cilantro and lime.

    1. Eva June 23, 2020 at 08:32

      Hi Linda! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it alongside grilled fish! I think that the lime and cilantro marinade really help making it a great pairing with fish.

  2. Amanda June 23, 2020 at 18:58

    5 stars
    As a mushroom and cheese lover, this salad was perfect for me! It was so simple to prepare, and I love the flavor the Parmesan added. Delicious!

    1. Eva June 23, 2020 at 21:30

      Thank you, Amanda! I have a feeling we like a lot of similar foods, so I’m glad to read you enjoyed this one!

  3. Kari June 26, 2020 at 03:23

    5 stars
    This is such a great recipe to have because it showcases the beauty of mushrooms. I am going make it this weekend to go with some steaks.

    1. Eva June 26, 2020 at 16:38

      HI Kari! It is a great side dish to steak!

  4. Tammy June 26, 2020 at 23:58

    Truth be told I’ve never had a raw mushroom salad before but this looks so pretty and sounds so delicious for the season!

    1. Eva June 29, 2020 at 09:20

      Thank you, Tammy!

  5. Denise June 27, 2020 at 17:54

    5 stars
    I love mushrooms, this is a salad that I know I am going to enjoy and make often!

    1. Eva June 29, 2020 at 09:21

      Hi Denise! Hope you will enjoy it!

  6. Pam June 27, 2020 at 20:34

    5 stars
    What a delicious simple salad! I had never heard of a raw mushroom salad, but it’s sooo good!

    1. Eva June 29, 2020 at 09:22

      Hi Pam! Glad to hear you have liked it.

  7. Elaine June 28, 2020 at 17:29

    5 stars
    Oh wow, I doubt I have ever tried a raw mushroom salad like this, which makes me absolutely excited that I have stumbled upon this recipe. Yum!

    1. Eva June 29, 2020 at 09:23

      Hi Elaine! This sure is not a common one, but I really like it.

  8. Mikayla June 29, 2020 at 00:17

    5 stars
    I’d never thought to serve mushrooms this way but it was a lovely side that was simple to prepare and my family really liked it (they love mushrooms!), I’ll be making it again absolutely.

    1. Eva June 29, 2020 at 09:23

      Thank you, Mikayla! Great to hear you all loved it!

  9. Kathryn June 29, 2020 at 15:56

    5 stars
    This salad is so unique and looks delicious. We love mushrooms so I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you 🙂

    1. Eva July 1, 2020 at 18:37

      Hi Kathryn! Thank you, hope you enjoy!

  10. Coralia Varga June 30, 2020 at 09:58

    5 stars
    I added vegan parmesan and let me tell you, this was fantastic. I love mushrooms and I really like the taste of raw mushrooms as they are earthy and great

    1. Eva July 1, 2020 at 18:38

      Thank you! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!


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