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

Ingredients  

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

Dressing

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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 464kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 24g, Sodium: 32mg, Potassium: 1040mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 1227IU, Vitamin C: 83mg, Calcium: 92mg, 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. Meal prepped my salads yesterday along with the dressings. The strawberry dressing is so good. Delicious salad. I am not vegetarian so I added chicken to my salad. So good. So excited to participate in the challenge.

  2. 3 stars
    I love envy thing about this salad except the arugula. Turns out, arugula is disgusting to my palette. I may try to do this again as a spinach salad or with iceberg. But never again arugula.

  3. 5 stars
    This was delightful. The basil and strawberry was superb in the dressing, and I loved the nuttiness of the almonds with the earthiness of the avocado and the tang of the apples. Great recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      This salad was not only pretty, it was DELICIOUS!!! So crisp (except for my slightly ripe avocado). The combination of the cool cucumbers and the tangy green apple was perfect! And that strawberry basil dressing may be my new favorite!! When I tasted it yesterday, I thought it was great but after the flavors melded together overnight…..ONG….. need I say more?

  4. 5 stars
    This salad was SO GREAT! The dressing is fresh, the salad is crunchy with the cucumber, apple and almonds – perfect for the start of spring. Thank you! Looking forward to day 2’s salad <3

  5. 4 stars
    I would say this salad is good, but didn’t strike me as anything special. Maybe a different type of apple? Or adding chicken? Maybe a balsamic dressing might have been better?

  6. 5 stars
    Loved the Mixed Greens Salad, great combination of salad ingredients. The only thing better was the dressing, so amazing! The pungent strawberry flavor is so incredible and well partnered with this salad.

  7. 5 stars
    I was hesitant on the strawberry vinaigrette but it was pleasantly delicious! I may have to remake this salad with dinner tonight so everyone can enjoy!

  8. 5 stars
    Love this salad. This will be one of my warm weather go to salads. I did strain the strawberry dressing since I don’t like seeds. Dressing is vibrant and tasty.

  9. 4 stars
    I liked the crunch of the apple along with the avacado. I loved mixed greens ….the salad dressing was a tad bit sweet for me. Overall a great salad

  10. 5 stars
    Will be making this salad again! Delicious, fresh and perfect on a warm day. If spring had a taste this would be it.

    1. 5 stars
      I made the salad as the recipe called for. Easy, the dressing too. It was so fresh and the salad was very tasty.

  11. 5 stars
    I used kale and spinach greens with the cucumber and avocado. The salad was so good. The flavors of the avocado, nuts and strawberry dressing made the greens pop with flavor.

  12. 5 stars
    I made this last night with a couple of changes – I didn’t have basil, so I used mint and used pistachios instead of almonds. It was wonderful!!!! I’m sure it would be great with basil and almonds as well, but the substitutions worked great – nice fresh tasting – felt like spring!!!
    The dressing recipe makes more than we needed for this salad, but I’ll use it with another – maybe include some strawberries in the salad as well.