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. 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.

  2. 5 stars
    So good! I cannot wait to make this salad again. I will definitely add it to my rotation!

  3. 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.

  4. 5 stars
    Totally love the dressing. going to try it with raspberries next time. Also love the crunch/ sweetness of the green apple. 😉

    1. RAWESOME! Let us know how the raspberries work out!

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

  6. 5 stars
    Good salad. Easy to assemble at work with the proper prep. I at the whole salad and wanted to lick the bowl.

  7. 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.

  8. 5 stars
    This salad was awesome with all the different ingredients and textures and I absolutely love the strawberry vinaigrette dressing. This is definitely a keeper!

    1. Yes! I love the variety of ingredients in this one too!

  9. 5 stars
    That salad was amazing!
    The ingredients were so fresh and tasty!
    I loved the dressing!

  10. 5 stars
    Had the salad for lunch! Surprised how easy it was to make the dressing! I will def be making it again in the future-it’s so “summer-y” and light. Strawberry & avocado for the win! Served with baked salmon-I could eat this everyday

  11. 4 stars
    Very yummy and satisfying salad and so quick to make. I though I would have preferred the berries whole vs. blended into the dressing but really enjoyed knowing I could consume more berries without overfilling my belly.

    1. You could def add some strawberries (and/or other berries) as a topping!

  12. 3 stars
    I like most of the flavors, but don’t want to bother using an extra piece of equipment to make dressing. Also, I don’t like sweet dressings. Finally, this is too much avocado for one person for a side salad (see total kcals as proof). I therefore left out the maple syrup and used only 1/4 avocado. In the future, I’d use sliced strawberries, less avocado, and no maple syrup; I’d also whisk together the dressing ingredients instead of blending (or shake in a sealed jar).

    1. Good call making adjustments to best suit your tastebuds and caloric preferences! You could def add some strawberries to the salad as an additional topping. Hope you enjoyed!