Now that spring is here, I am in the mood for a tasty simple spring greens salad. I wanted to share a wonderful greens salad I made the other evening. There is a dressing recipe below, but I need to tell you that this also goes great with this homemade honey mustard salad dressing.
This Simple Greens Salad can be made with baby greens and you can even start with a bagged salad if you are short on time. This salad is best with a vinaigrette dressing , or a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
There are some pretty good store-bought dressings, but I prefer making my own, even though it takes a little longer. I also love that when you make your own salad dressing, you know exactly what is in the dressing. A lot of bottled salad dressings have added sugars and preservatives that I am not sure I need. Plus you can change up your dressing recipe to suit your preferences.
This salad is perfect for spring or summer and I make it often at our house.
For this version, I added dried cranberries, feta cheese and just a few candied pecans for some crunch. Candied pecans on a salad are like frosting on a cake. Well, almost.
Simple Spring Greens Salad
1 bag mixed salad greens – I used an organic mix of baby greens, arugula and chard
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 purple onion, sliced
1/4 coup Roma tomatoes, diced
3 tablespoons feta cheese
3 table spoons bacon crumbles (optional)
2 tablespoons candied pecans
Wash and drain greens. Place in a large mixing bowl.
Add remaining ingredients.
I love adding some crispy bacon bits.
Now it is ready for a little dressing. I linked to two of my dressings above, but you can make a quick olive oil and balsamic dressing or use a store-bought vinaigrette as well.
This salad is always tasty and can be changed up by adding additional ingredients such as sliced mushrooms, sunflower seeds, avocado and radishes to name a few.
Like I mentioned, you can use a store-bought springs salad mix and add these other ingredients, along with your homemade dressing to save you some time.
What is your favorite spring salad ingredient? Do you make your own salad dressing?