A fresh spring mix salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Lately I’ve been eating a lot of salads.  I love salads!  Bright, colorful, crisp, fresh…and with the right toppings and dressing…they have bite and zest.  Not to mention how good they are for you, and how good they make you feel.  Once a gal that would only touch iceberg lettuce, I slowly graduated to romaine about 5-7 years ago.  And it felt good, and I felt like I was making a superior choice.  And I was, nutritionally speaking.  But as we all know…romaine isn’t at the top of the nutrition chart either, and last year I graduated to baby spinach for all my salads.  I was shocked and surprised at how tasty it is.  Raw spinach?  Really??  You can’t be serious. 

Fast forward to now….something I NEVER thought I could do.  Two words.  Spring mix!!  Letting others pick and choose my greens.  All mixed into one container.  Some even bitter!  But I have learned that it’s all in the dressings you use.  It’s how you pair that lettuce.  And the bitter becomes the “bite.”  And it is GOOD.  Try it for yourself and you’ll see.

So today I’ll share with you one of my current salad trends….

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A Fresh Spring Mix Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Recipe type: Salad, Salad dressing, Frugal, Easy
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Serves: 1-2
 
This fresh spring mix salad signals spring to me! The homemade balsamic vinaigrette is a healthy choice. Homemade dressings are easier, cheaper and so much better for you! The first recipe is the dressing. Salad ingredients are listed in the Notes section.
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp safflower oil or good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Modena Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a small jelly jar (canning jar). Anything with a lid works well.
  2. Shake to mix thoroughly. Stores in fridge for 1-2 weeks.
  3. This amount is enough for me to have 3-4 large salads. I like my salads large as they are more filling.
Notes
*Spring Mix Salad ~ Organic spring mix, 1 organic apple, diced 1-2 Tbsp red onion, diced, Handful raw sunflower seeds, Handful organic raisins 2-3 tsp homemade balsamic vinaigrette *To assemble salad ~ I place everything in a large Tupperware bowl, put on the lid and shake to coat all lettuce with the dressing. Then serve on plate or in a salad bowl.

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20 Responses to A fresh spring mix salad with balsamic vinaigrette

  1. Holly Keegan says:

    Salads DO make you feel so good. My new "fun" has been going to the farmer's markets and sampling lettuces I haven't tried before. Have you tried butter lettuce? It's the softest lettuce I've ever eaten. SO good and I can never find it in the grocery store. Love the dressing too… make one just like it myself. I find that it's the most versatile! :)

  2. Bridgett says:

    I love spring mix but my husband swears it tastes soapy…not sure what that is about but I still continue to use it! I think I will be following your lead for my lunch today. I love a good balsamic dressing too.

  3. Angie says:

    Looks very good, we were eating spring mix alot, but I haven't bought it in a while now, good recipe!

  4. Fresh Local and Best says:

    I like the addition of honey in your balsamic vinaigrette. It looks delicious!

  5. Nazarina A says:

    This sounds so satisfying especially after a good workout!I love the combination of onions and apples YUM!

  6. Yenta Mary says:

    That looks beautiful!!! I only just had breakfast a short while ago, and it's making me start to plan lunch … :)

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  7. Simply Life says:

    oh what a great looking salad!

  8. Laura says:

    Def will have to try this…i love that dressing but never make it. Im so gonna try this this week!!! THANKS!

  9. katty says:

    I love my kitchen,when i bought my house through costa rica homes for sale i expected to have a big kitchen and now i am really happy.

  10. Viveca Park says:

    Beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing the salad dressing recipe. I'm going to try to make it now!

  11. I just love salads with fruit and I was struck by how I use so many similar ingredients when I make granola! Dried fruits, nuts, seeds and an oil even are used for both. Which means both can be such a creative and personal expression. Lovely salad dressing.
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  12. I love making my own salad dressings. I’ve been doing that for some time now and rarely purchase them from the grocery any more. It’s much more fun to match up your dressing ingredients with your salad ingredients!
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  13. Dan says:

    What a great dressing. I make a similar one at home.

    I find it amazing how easy it is to make salad dressing, and yet the salad dressing biz is so out of control! I almost never buy packaged dressing, unless I’m super lazy and buy an entire salad kit for a very quick meal. Then I feel guilty afterwards.
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