Reach for this recipe for spring mix salad whenever you’re in the mood for a dish that’s light, healthy, and refreshing.
Spring mix salad is a nutrient-rich dish full of crisp fresh greens, vegetables, nuts, and cheese dressed in a light Dijon vinaigrette.
Packed with color and crunch, this salad is a seasonal favorite that stands on its own or serves as a perfect side dish for any entree.
A Vibrant Salad Delight!
- Low in calories and fat, spring mix salad is high in nutrition, fiber, and protein, and is a healthy option for warm-weather dining!
- The colorful combination of greens pairs well with all kinds of dressings, toppings, and proteins.
- Add budget-friendly chopped iceberg lettuce or romaine to spring mix salad for large gatherings.
What Is In A Spring Mix Salad?
Spring Mix – AKA “mesclun” is primarily a mixture of young red romaine, arugula, oak leaf lettuce, spinach, and radicchio. The mix can change based on your location and season, but this is the most common blend.
Vegetables – Tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion balance out this salad. Try yellow, orange, or purple grape tomatoes for extra color!
Cheese & Nuts – Feta cheese and pumpkin seeds add tangy flavor and crunch to spring mix salad. PRO TIP: Toast pumpkin seeds in a dry saute pan until they’re barely golden. This makes them extra crunchy! Or use your own homemade pumpkin seeds!
Dressing – Oil, vinegar, Dijon, and a little fresh garlic are all you need here. A bottle of Italian dressing is an excellent substitute in a pinch!
Variations – Sliced radishes or Brussels sprouts, strawberries, apples (use sparingly), cranberries, bleu cheese, or parmesan are excellent additions to spring mix salad! Break some low-carb crackers instead of carby croutons!
How To Make A Spring Mix Salad
- Prepare pumpkin seeds and spring mix as directed in the recipe below.
- Place salad greens in a large bowl. Add tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and pumpkin seeds. Crumble cheese over the top.
- Whisk dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the salad (you might not need it all).
- Serve immediately.
Serving Suggestions For Spring Mix Salad
Tips For Salad Success
For best results, be sure the salad mix is dry before using. A salad spinner works best but you can place the greens in a large plastic bag with a few paper towel sheets, close the top and shake the bag. The paper towels will absorb excess water.
Make the salad and dressing up to a day ahead and keep them chilled separately until ready to finish in Step 5.
How To Store Leftovers
- Keep leftover dressed salad in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Stir thoroughly before serving and refresh with a little extra dressing or feta cheese, if desired.
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Spring Mix Salad
- ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds
- 4 cups spring mix
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 cup cucumber diced
- ¼ cup red onion sliced
- ⅓ cup feta cheese crumbled
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic minced
- salt & pepper to taste
- Heat a small pan over medium-low heat. Add pumpkin seeds and toast for 4-5 minutes until they turn golden in color.
- Rinse the spring mix and pat it dry with a paper towel. Place the greens in a large salad bowl.
- Add cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and toasted pumpkin seeds to the salad. Crumble feta cheese over the top.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste to make the dressing.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss everything together until the greens are evenly coated. Serve the salad immediately, and enjoy!
- To prep ahead of time, mix dressing and keep separate from the salad portion. Add dressing to salad just before serving.
- Leftover salad dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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