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Vinaigrette dressing with a bowl of salad for a Mother's Day Brunch Idea
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Best Recipe for Salad Dressing on Greens Wows Spring Brunch

This recipe for Salad Dressing Over Crisp Vegetables creates salad brunch perfection. If you are looking for a delicious and healthy salad to serve as part of your Easter or Mother’s Day brunch menu, look no further!

The salad features a variety of brightly colored vegetables, including carrots, sweet red peppers, and grape tomatoes. The dressing is made with Dijon mustard, olive oil, and red wine vinegar for a tangy flavor that pairs perfectly with a spring vegetable salad.

Easter Table setting with moss rabbit and eggshell with flowers

Best Spring Salads are Homemade

When the weather begins to turn and winter falls behind, I look to simple green salads to lighten up my meals.

Did you know, salads are a very easy way to add seasonal vegetables to the table?  And I love a good salad using Spring greens and crisp vegetables. Don’t you?

I believe this salad is perfect for your Easter Brunch ideas or include as part of your brunch for Mother’s Day. Or just add it to any meal for a bowl full of flavorful Spring.

The key to making a great salad is to use fresh, in-season vegetables. If you can find them at your local farmer’s market, even better!

Fresh vegetables from the farmers' market

However, be sure to wash the vegetables thoroughly before chopping them or tearing the lettuce into bite-sized pieces.

Is this Salad Dressing Recipe Vegetarian?

Yes, this salad is vegetarian. It is also vegan! 

Is this a Keto Salad and Recipe for Salad Dressing?

If you are looking for a Keto-friendly salad, then you can omit the honey altogether for a zippy dressing.  But since it is so good for you consider using at least a teaspoon of honey in the dressing to reduce the carbs, but keep some nutritional benefits.

Are there Different Types of Garden Salads?

Wikipedia considers salad “a dish consisting of mixed, mostly natural ingredients with at least one raw ingredient. They are often dressed, and typically served at room temperature or chilled, though some can be served warm.”

In addition, there are many different types of salads that are considered Garden Salads using raw ingredients. But the most common types include mixed green salad, Caesar salad, Cobb salad, and Niçoise salad.

How do you make a Mixed Green Salad?

A green salad is typically made with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and other vegetables. I recommend you try to use vegetables in season.  The recipe for salad dressing is usually a vinaigrette made with olive oil and vinegar.

How do you make a Caesar Salad?

A Caesar salad is made with romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese, and a dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and anchovies.

How do you make a Cobb Salad?

A Cobb salad is made with chopped greens, chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, blue cheese and a vinaigrette dressing.

How do you make a Niçoise Salad?

A Niçoise salad is made with lettuce, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, tuna, olives, and a vinaigrette dressing.

Nicoise Salad with tuna, green beans and hard boiled eggs

What Spring Vegetables are in Season?

When it comes to making a seasonal salad, you want to use the freshest and most delicious ingredients. That’s why it’s important to know what vegetables are in season during Spring. This will ensure that your salad is not only tasty but also healthy and nutritious.

As a matter of fact, Have a Plant has a good list of vegetables in season for March through May as well as the other seasons. They also highlight vegetables that are good year-round.  Don’t forget that you can use any combination of fresh, frozen, canned, and dried vegetables as a healthy addition to your meals.

Spring Vegetables for Salad

Some of the best vegetables to include in a Spring salad are mixed greens, red leaf lettuce, radicchio, spinach, peas, and artichokes. These vegetables are all in season during Spring and they offer a variety of colors, textures, and flavors that will make your salad unique and exciting.

mixed greens for salad

What are the Ingredients for this Salad?

  • 5 ounces romaine or mixed greens
  • 2 ounces baby spinach
  • 6 sweet mini bell peppers, red or orange
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • 1-pint grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup canned artichoke hearts, which is completely optional

Additionally, you can also include some nuts or seeds for extra crunch.

How do You Make this Recipe for Spring Salad?

It’s so simple!!

First, toss the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Next, drizzle with some dressing, toss again, and season with salt and pepper.  Use just enough dressing to lightly coat the greens. Don’t drown them! Keep the rest of the dressing in the refrigerator to use at another time.

Finally, serve cool or at room temperature in one large bowl or in individual bowls.

What are the Ingredients in this Recipe for Salad Dressing?

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
Vinaigrette dressing with a bowl of salad

How do you make this Healthy Salad Dressing?

Simply combine all ingredients in a screw-topped jar and shake or whisk in a bowl.

Instead of messing up multiple utensils, I opt to use a screw-topped jar.  It makes the mixing easy and I just pop the lid back on and store any leftover dressing in the refrigerator for future use. 

However, you can also mix the ingredients in a bowl, blender, or large mixing cup.

What Can I Serve With This Salad and Recipe for Dressing?

Start your brunch with a light, creamy, and Elegant Salmon appetizer.

Serve a Delicious Crustless Quiche with the salad. You can prepare this in advance!

Or to make the meal a little heartier, add a little starch like roasted potatoes.

Finish with a spectacular chocolate dessert! (Coming Soon!)

Invite Friends over for a Beautiful Spring Brunch

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy light and healthy salads like this one. This mixed vegetable salad is delicious, nutritious, and easy to make.

Moreover, this Spring brunch salad is so good it will have your friends and family asking for seconds!  So add it to your Easter Brunch ideas or make it a part of your Mother’s Day Brunch.

I hope you will give it a try. And be sure to invite your friends over for a Spring brunch party soon!

Cheers Y’all!

P.S. What other salads would you like to see on the blog? Send me a quick email and let me know or leave a comment in the comments section below!

Vinaigrette dressing in front of a bowl of raw salad vegetables

Spring Greens Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Rani
This recipe for salad dressing over seasonal vegetables creates salad brunch perfection!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 151 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad

  • 5 ounces romaine or mixed greens
  • 2 ounces baby spinach
  • 6 sweet mini bell peppers red or orange, core and seeds discarded, sliced thin
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup canned artichoke hearts optional, drained and roughly chopped

Instructions
 

For the Dressing:

  • Combine all ingredients in a screw-topped jar and shake or whisk in a bowl.

Making the Salad:

  • Toss the salad ingredients in a bowl. 
  • Drizzle with some dressing, toss again, and season with salt and pepper.  Use just enough dressing to lightly coat the greens.
  • Serve.


Notes

Refrigerate any leftover dressing in a sealed container.
Keyword salad dressing

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