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Table of Contents
  1. How to Make Mixed Greens Salad
  2. Make-Ahead Salad Tip
  3. Strawberry Mixed Greens Salad Recipe
  4. Frequently Asked Questions about Mixed Greens Salad

Salad needs to be exciting for me to want to eat it. This strawberry mixed greens salad ticks all the boxes with a bit of crunch + lots of strawberry sweetness. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that it has a combination of leafy greens… these greens all have different flavors that come together for a tasty lunch. Plus, you can buy them all at once since most grocery stores sell “mixed greens.”

According to a study done by Harvard, greens like kale, spinach and arugula are powerhouses when it comes to providing you with Vitamin A, folate and Vitamin C, plus fiber, water and magnesium to help your digestion.

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How to Make Mixed Greens Salad

This mixed greens salad recipe is filled with these greens, plus tangy green apple, creamy avocado, and crunchy almonds. Seriously, this salad is the perfect meal when your sweet tooth comes calling and you’re trying to eat healthy.

1. Wash and dry greens

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 E. coli, chemicals and more.

2. Chop apples, avocado and cucumber

I like to chop them all into bite-size pieces (the smaller, the better).

3. Make the Strawberry viniagarette

Combine dressing ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor and puree into the best dressing you’ve ever had with mixed greens.

4. prepare the plate

Add the mixed greens first, and then toppings to the plate. Drizzle dressing on top and enjoy!

strawberry dressing

Make-Ahead Salad Tip

If you want this salad for work, prep it all in a mason jar. It’s seriously so easy! Simply layer the ingredients in the mason jar. Keep the strawberry dressing in a separate container until time to eat. When you’re ready to eat, pour the dressing on top, give the mason jar a good shake, and enjoy!

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Strawberry Mixed Greens Salad

This hearty strawberry 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: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 2 servings


  • 4 cups spring mix greens loosely packed
  • 1 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 green apple diced
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds


  • 1 cup strawberries diced
  • 6 basil leaves fresh, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper ground, to taste
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  • Arrange salad ingredients on plates.
  • 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.


  • Swap mixed greens with the leafy greens of your choice.
  • Oil-free? Omit the olive oil. It’ll still be delicious and less caloric.
  • Lemon Vinaigrette would also be delicious on this recipe.
  • Add the nuts or seeds of your choice for more healthy fats + protein.


Calories: 462kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 24g, Sodium: 13mg, Potassium: 1016mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 378IU, Vitamin C: 67mg, Calcium: 93mg, Iron: 2mg
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mixed Greens Salad

Can I make this salad with a different dressing?

Yes! If you have a favorite dressing, feel free to swap out my Strawberry Vinaigrette. Yet I do encourage you to make it one time like this because it’s out-of-this-world delicious!

Can I swap mixed greens for baby spinach?

You sure can. You can swap it for any leafy green you prefer or have on hand. You might check out our Leafy Greens Guide for more inspiration.

What’s the point of the sliced almonds?

In all my salads, I try and use some sorta nuts, seeds or protein to help me stay full. A salad is typically a meal for me, which means it needs a variety of fiber, healthy fats, protein and carbs to keep me full until the next meal.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love it, love the ideas and how everything is given to prepare my salad and options to swap.

  2. 5 stars
    The dressing was amazing! Husband loved it too. I added some extra red peppers to ours. Delicious! Had to make it again this morning because our daughter took it for her lunch today .

  3. Day 1 salad was good I have to admit. A little tangy because I had to prep last night so I tossed my apple pieces in some lemon juice so they wouldn’t get brown.

    1. 5 stars
      Loved the salad dressing on this one… The salad itself was a bit out of my comfort zone (not a huge mixed greens or cucumber fan). Great lunch option!

    2. 4 stars
      Salad was awesome. Allergic to almonds so added walnuts instead. Wasn’t sure about the dressing at first but it paired well with the rest of the salad ingredients.

  4. 5 stars
    Salad was refreshing with the
    strawberry dressing. For future
    servings, I would replace the avocado with grilled chicken tenders.

  5. 5 stars
    Really enjoyed the salad, however the greens I used were quite bitter! I will make again with a different mixture of greens!

  6. This makes a beautiful looking plate in addition to being a tasty, satisfying meal! Yum!

  7. 5 stars
    This salad is a bowl full of sunshine that went right in my belly❣️ Simply delicious.

  8. This salad is delicious! I added a few extras- fresh pineapple, cilantro, and red peppers, and whole raw almonds.
    The dressing is amazing, though I don’t mix in the olive oil and just drizzle that later.

  9. 5 stars
    So good! I cannot wait to make this salad again. I will definitely add it to my rotation!

  10. 5 stars
    The salad is excellent, lots of veggies, but what takes it over the top is the strawberry-basil dressing.

    1. 5 stars
      Oh My!!! So delicious. I love the lightness of this salad. I will be sharing with my husband.

    2. 5 stars
      It was really good! I am not a huge fan of mixed greens, so I would make again with maybe a romaine/spinach blend.

  11. 5 stars
    Totally love the dressing. going to try it with raspberries next time. Also love the crunch/ sweetness of the green apple. 😉

  12. 5 stars
    This salad was good. I really liked the dressing. I will be making this again and again.

  13. 5 stars
    Good salad. Easy to assemble at work with the proper prep. I at the whole salad and wanted to lick the bowl.

  14. 5 stars
    I had to start the challenge early as I’ll be out of town for a chunk of it. Anyway, this salad is awesome! Love the dressing! The only variation I did was add some sliced strawberries. Definitely will make this again.