Open Lasagne For Dinner – Main Dish Or Salad

I adore the Italian cuisine. Be it pizza, pasta, spaghetti, salads, different meats, etc. My family loves lasagne, but I should admit that I find it a little bit heavy to eat with all the tomato sauce and mince.

That is why I decided to surprise my loved ones and serve lasagne for dinner, but it looked more like a salad. I’ve used different vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs. It was very delicious and so satiating.

I am presenting my take on the Open Lasagne – a recipe that is very easy and quick to prepare, a dish suitable for the whole family or you can use it on your date nights 🙂

This recipe you can use and serve as the main and only dish for the dinner or use it as a salad to go as a side dish.

If you are serving it as a side dish, cut the lasagne shits in smaller pieces so that everyone to be able to dish out as much as they want.

My family enjoyed this dish very much. I hope you and your loved ones also like it enough to try it and find the ingredients you would most love to use.


Open Lasagne  Open Lasagne

Ingredients (serves 2-3):

  • 8-10 lasagne sheets (the ones I’ve used were small)

  • 50-80gr ham, cut in pieces

  • 70-100gr cubes of cheddar cheese

  • 200gr broccoli, boiled and cut in pieces

  • 2-3 boiled eggs, grated or cut in small cubes

  • about 100gr sun-dried tomatoes, cut in small

    I use sun-dried tomatoes in a sunflower oil marinade, because the tomatoes are moist and ready to use, and the oil infused with the taste of the sun-dried tomatoes is just gorgeous.

  • oil from the sun-dried tomatoes

  • black pepper

  • parsley

You can add more of these ingredients, add different or omit some of the ingredients, just add what you would love to eat and have in the fridge. Last time I made this recipe instead of ham I arranged salami slices on top and some cherry tomatoes as well.


  1. Prepare the lasagne sheets according to the packet instructions

    Mine needed to be boiled in slightly salted water for 8-10 minutes.

  2. While the lasagne sheets are cooking, prepare the other ingredients by cutting them in pieces ready to eat

  3. When the lasagne sheets are ready, drain the water, cut them with scissors in ribbons (not too small) and start assembling the dish immediately

  4. In each plate put the cut ribbons from 2 lasagne sheets on the bottom and some of the topping, season with a couple of tablespoons oil from the sun-dried tomatoes, black pepper and parsley

  5. Add another layer – lasagne sheets, topping and seasoning

It’s ready! Enjoy this easy, light and super delicious dish.

You can serve it with your favourite white wine.

I love Italian cuisine and would love to hear about your favourite dishes from the region. Don’t forget to tell me about your most preferred pasta and/or spaghetti recipes, just leave a comment below

Have a lovely day!


  1. Rika

    I am having friends over for dinner and was looking for a good lasagne recipe when I found your post. I am used to the traditional recipe you bake in the oven. Your salad looks delicious and a lot more healthy.

    I am going to give it a try and see what my friends think. Thank you very much for providing a great alternative.

    I am considering replacing the ham with crispy fried bacon bits. Do you think it will work?

    1. Ellie

      Hi Rika. Yes, crispy bacon would add delicious flavours to the dish. I would definitely try it this way, yum.

      Hope you and your friends like it. Keep me posted.


  2. Kiev

    Hi Ellie,
    Great recipe! Just wonder why it’s called the Open Lasagne. Is it because sometimes you take it as an opening salad like you mentioned? (:
    The lasagne serves 2-3. So, I assume that I should use 3 plates for serving, and each plate I will put ribbons of 2 lasagne sheets, and then finish that plate with 1 whole lasagne sheet. Am I right?
    Looking forward to your enlightenment haha…


    1. Ellie

      Hi Kiev. It’s called open lasagne, because it uses (some) ingredients for preparing a lasagne, but you don’t arrange it like the usual lasagne – whole sheets and sauce.

      The recipe makes about 2-3 portions, all depends how much you want to eat and how hungry you are. When plating I put 2 cut lasagne sheets at the bottom of the plate, then top with the other ingredients and season, then put another 1 or 2 cut lasagne sheets and finish with the topping. On the plate it looks just like a salad.

      Hope you enjoy it.

      All the best,


      1. Kiev

        Thank you, Ellie, thanks for clarifying. Okay, let me try this recipe out tonight… Cheers…

        1. Ellie (Post author)

          Let me know what ingredients you’ve used and did you like it.
          Have a lovely day.

  3. Danielle

    What a fantastic simple recipe and it looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this. The recipe is easy to follow and great detailed directions. It will be a perfect quick dish to throw together for picnics, potlucks or quick lunch at work. I love that it is a recipe that can be made in large or small portions and not affect the flavor. Great job, its a dish that everyone will enjoy.

    1. Ellie

      Thank you Danielle for your comments. I am glad you liked the recipe. I like when dishes are really quick to make and allow me to use ingredients my family likes to eat.

      Have a beautiful day.



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