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Easy Garden Salad

Whip up the best quick and easy Garden Salad with this fresh tasty recipe. Filled with a colorful mix of veggies and tossed in a tasty vinaigrette dressing, this homemade salad is perfect for a light and refreshing meal or as a side dish for summer gatherings. Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of this versatile salad.

Easy Mixed Greens Garden Salad

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How to make a Garden Salad

Garden Salad Variations Below

Prepare the Salad Ingredients:

  • Wash and dry the mixed greens thoroughly and place them in a large salad bowl.

  • Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and add them to the greens.

  • Slice the cucumber and bell pepper into thin rounds or strips and add them to the bowl.

  • Thinly slice the red onion and add it to the salad.

  • If you like olives and feta cheese, you can also add them for extra flavor and texture.

Make the Salad Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning according to your preference. You can add a little honey or maple syrup for sweetness if desired.


Combine and Toss:

  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad ingredients in the bowl. Start with a small amount and add more as needed; you can always add more but can't take it away.

  • Gently toss the salad to coat the ingredients evenly with the dressing. Use salad servers or two large forks to do this.



  • Once the salad is well coated with the dressing, transfer it to individual serving plates or a large serving platter.

  • If you're using feta cheese, sprinkle it on top of the salad just before serving for a creamy and tangy touch.



Serve your garden salad as a refreshing and healthy side dish or add some grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu to make it a complete meal.

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Garden Salad Variations

Bacon and Ranch Salad:

  • Add crispy bacon bits for a smoky, savory flavor.

  • Use ranch dressing or a creamy blue cheese dressing for a rich and tangy finish.


Loaded Potato Salad:

  • Include diced boiled potatoes for a hearty and filling twist.

  • Top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and chives for a loaded baked potato-inspired salad.


Caesar Salad:

  • Use romaine lettuce for a classic Caesar salad base.

  • Toss with Caesar dressing, croutons, and plenty of grated Parmesan cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Salad:

  • Add chunks of buffalo chicken tenders for a spicy kick.

  • Drizzle with buffalo sauce and serve with blue cheese dressing.

Mediterranean Greek Salad:

  • Load up on kalamata olives, pepperoncini peppers, and marinated artichoke hearts.

  • Use a Greek dressing and top with crumbled feta cheese.

Taco Salad:

  • Incorporate seasoned ground beef or turkey.

  • Top with shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, and crushed taco chips.

  • Serve with salsa and sour cream.


Caprese Salad:

  • Create a Caprese-style salad with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves.

  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze and extra-virgin olive oil.


Cobb Salad:

  • Include chopped hard-boiled eggs, crispy crumbled bacon, and diced avocado.

  • Top with a creamy blue cheese dressing.


Asian-Inspired Salad:

  • Add crispy wonton strips and sesame-crusted chicken strips.

  • Dress with a sweet and tangy sesame ginger dressing.


Southwest Salad:

  • Incorporate black beans, corn, and diced roasted red peppers.

  • Top with shredded pepper jack cheese and serve with a spicy chipotle ranch dressing.

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Garden Salad Tips:

Keep Salad and Dressing Separate:

If you have already dressed the salad, it's best to consume it promptly. However, if you have leftover salad, store the dressing separately. The acidity in the dressing can cause the greens to wilt if left together for an extended period.


Use Airtight Containers:

Transfer the salad components to airtight containers. You can use one large container for the greens and another small container or jar for the dressing.

Layer Wisely:

If your salad includes ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, or other juicy components, place a layer of paper towels at the bottom of the container before adding the salad. This helps absorb excess moisture and keeps the salad fresher.

Store in the Refrigerator:

Place the airtight containers in the refrigerator. Ideally, store them in the crisper drawer, which tends to have slightly higher humidity, helping to keep the greens fresh.


Consume Promptly:

Try to eat your leftover salad within 1-2 days. Salad greens can wilt quickly, so the sooner you enjoy it, the better it will taste.


Re-Dress as Needed:

If you're planning to eat the salad over multiple servings, you can dress only the portion you intend to eat. This helps keep the remaining salad fresh.

Refresh with Fresh Ingredients:

If the salad starts to lose its crispness, you can refresh it by adding more fresh greens, vegetables, or toppings when serving.

Avoid Freezing:

It's not recommended to freeze a garden salad, as freezing can alter the texture and flavor of the vegetables and greens.

By following these storage tips, you can extend the shelf life of your garden salad and ensure it remains as fresh and tasty as possible.

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