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. 5 stars
    The dressing is delicious, will absolutely make this again and so easy. Love homemade dressing and ones I’ve never tried, so many options.

  2. 4 stars
    Enjoyed this salad. My favorite part was the wide variety of healthy fruits and vegetables in just one bowl!

  3. 5 stars
    This salad was delicious. My husband liked it too. Because I am calorie restricted I did not eat half the salad though instead eating 1/4. I also cut down the amount of both the almonds and avocado in my serving. And used only one TBS of the dressing. The dressing is so good! Very refreshing taste. I paired it with chicken breast to increase protein intake. Will definitely make again.

    1. I’m glad you made adjustments to make this salad recipe work for you!

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this strawberry avocado salad! It’s the perfect kick-off recipe for spring time refreshment! The strawberry dressing is divine, and of course, avocado makes everything extraordinary adding a perfect creaminess to the crunchiness of chopped apples and nuts!

  5. 5 stars
    Creaminess of the Avocado with the tart green apple and the crunch of the almonds…nice combination. Will be making again.

    1. When I made it, my dressing came out to about 8 oz.

  6. 5 stars
    Great salad, easy dressing. As to the question, to wash or not wash? I ALWAYS soak my greens in ice water before making salad. It really makes the greens crispy. Learned this from my mom-in-law.

    1. I’ve never heard of doing this but will try it with the next salad.

  7. 4 stars
    The dressing had a nice taste. I would of liked it to be a bit thicker. The recipe also made a lot of dressing if you are making a salad for 2 people. A lot was left over.

    1. Great feedback on the dressing! If you make it again, maybe use 1/2 of the ingredients when making the recipe.

    1. Salad for breakfast?! Interesting! #RawkstarStatus

  8. 5 stars
    Made this salad a week early for the challenge by accident, it’s was so delicious! Prepped it again for today, so excited to start again. Best strawberry dressing evvah!

    1. You’ve already had this salad twice? Love that!

  9. 5 stars
    Excellent salad! Salad dressing is delicious. You will have to resist the urge to use the dressing on everything. Definitely a keeper receipe.

  10. 5 stars
    The dressing was so delicious over everything. I was unsure about strawberries and cucumber but it was so good.

    1. Way to get out of your comfort zone and give these flavor combinations a chance! You RAWK! 🙂