Salad needs to be exciting for me to want to eat it. This mixed greens salad ticks all the boxes with a bit of crunch + lots of strawberries. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that a mixed greens recipe has a little bit of everything in it… these greens all have different flavors that come together for a tasty lunch.

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Who says a mixed greens recipe has to be boring? Not me!

Well, at least not me anymore. I used to cringe at mixed greens… yet I realized not all salads are created equal. Take this gem for instance. This mixed greens recipe is filled with a nutrient-rich leafy green base, tangy green apple, creamy avocado, and crunchy almonds. Seriously, this salad is the perfect way to fuel your body with tons of plant based goodness!

What to do with mixed greens

Making a salad that actually tastes good only takes a few key elements: fresh greens, toppings and a good dressing. As a result, the days of ranch on iceberg are over for good! Hallelujah!

Best greens for salad

Why are leafy greens good for you?

Did you know you can get not only nutrients, but also water, minerals and fiber from an awesome salad of mixed greens like this one? Obviously these are some pretty powerful plants!

According to a study done by Harvard, greens like kale, spinach and arugula are powerhouses when it comes to providing you with nutrients like Vitamin A, folate and Vitamin C – plus fiber, water and magnesium to help your digestion. Meanwhile, you just thought you were enjoying a yummy bowl of mixed greens topped with your fav homemade dressing. Go you!

mixed greens recipe

To wash or not to wash?

There is a great deal of debate on whether or not you should wash greens before using. Haven’t we all been there? You show up to a friend’s house for dinner, excited to get in the kitchen to help – only to be mortified to see her dump a plastic box of greens into a bowl for tonight’s salad. If it’s pre-washed, then is it okay? What about organic?

Turns out, if your packaging states those lovely mixed greens have been pre-washed by a company that uses GMP or “good manufacturing processes”, you’re good to go.

That’s according to most sources, including an article published by the University of Minnesota. On the other hand, a recent study done by Consumer Reports says that we should all be washing any produce that comes into our cooking spaces, whether “pre-washed”, organic or otherwise. This is because even those mixed greens carefully washed by well meaning producers can still contain contaminants from ewwwie poo-ies (E. coli, etc.), chemicals and more.

After reading that, um…would you excuse me one sec while I wash up some leafy stuff for this mixed greens recipe?

strawberry dressing

How to take your salads on the go

Now, back to the reason we’re here. On with the salad! The strawberry herb dressing included in the recipe below is ah-mazing. Seriously, I could drink it.

If you want these greens to travel, then you can prep your salad ahead of time in a mason jar. It’s seriously so easy! Simply layer the ingredients in the mason jar, but store the (yummy, strawberry) dressing in a separate container. When you’re ready to eat, pour the dressing on, give the mason jar a good shake, and enjoy!

More simple salad recipes

Does this recipe have you jonesing for more fresh ways to use those mixed greens in your fridge? Yeah, me too. If you’re ready more crunch and more yummy homemade dressings, here’s a list of my favs for you!

If you give one of these or the recipe below a taste, then let me know by rating and commenting below!

mixed greens salad
4.69 from 614 votes

Mixed Greens Salad

This hearty mixed greens salad is a great way to load up on several servings worth of fiber-rich veggies + fruit. This dressing is full of flavors that are sure to delight your taste buds while keeping your body fueled + satisfied!
Prep: 4 mins
Total: 4 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

FOR SALAD:

  • 2 cups mixed greens loosely packed
  • ½ cup cucumber thinly sliced
  • ½ cup apple green, diced
  • ½ avocado sliced or diced
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds

FOR DRESSING:

  • ½ cup strawberries diced
  • 1 tbsp basil fresh, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper ground, to taste

Instructions 

  • Arrange salad ingredients on a large plate.
  • Puree the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Drizzle some of the dressing over salad (you may not need all of it). Eat immediately.

Notes

  • Sub in 2 cups of spinach or 1 cup spinach, 1 cup baby kale for 2 cups mixed greens

Nutrition

Calories: 552kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 44g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 29g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 32mg, Potassium: 1133mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 1252IU, Vitamin C: 80mg, Calcium: 137mg, Iron: 3mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 4 stars
    I didnt get an email today, but went by the recipes I printed out. I thought it was a potato salad.? Anyhoo… i made it without the pickles and since we had snow, turned it into a soup! Turned out yummy!

  2. 5 stars
    Day 2 the Taco Salad
    Did not expect to like this salad but boy were we wrong. Hubby and I both enjoyed it , cashew cream too. So glad I joined this challenge.

  3. 1 star
    Potato salad not a hit here, hubby called it cold potatoes
    Disappointed as I thought it would be tastier, I’m not a fan of creamy potato salad & thought this might change my mind. I’ll fry it up tomorrow, hash browns will be delicious

  4. 5 stars
    Very good salad. I made it as in the recipe but I’m allergic to walnuts so I prepared but did not eat the walnut meat. It was easy as I shopped for week one on Sunday. Had everything and just put it together. I’m taking photos but I don’t see anywhere to post them.

  5. 5 stars
    Yummy, yummy, yummy…healthy food for the eyes, as well as the tummy! I loved this combination of greens, fruits, and crunchy nuts…delicious. This Mixed Greens Salad is the perfect dish to kick-off the beginning of Spring! ***** 5 stars

  6. Since I never got an email today about day 2 and the recipe I will have to leave my review for day 2 salad here. The “Healthy Taco Salad” was hearty and I didn’t even miss real meat. The walnut meat was delicious! I liked uncovering new layers of the salad as I ate. Very good!

  7. 5 stars
    The Healthy Taco salad is a winner! It’s truly a spin on the traditional taco salad. All of the ingredients went well with the cashew cream. I didn’t make the walnut meat but will next time it’s taco Tuesday.

  8. 4 stars
    Healthy Tacos it was a wonderful change to our turkey tacos. Made a 2nd strawberry mixed greens today too! Thanks and looking forward to here’s recipe