If you want to try a little bit of everything, this salad mix recipe is the one for you.
On a plate of our salad mix, we have lettuce, arugula, carrots, onions, walnuts, and two types of cheese. All of that goodness is accompanied by a sweet and tangy honey mustard sauce. Throw together a feast with this simple recipe.
Is Salad Mix Healthy?
We believe this salad mix is healthy.
In each serving, there are 179 calories and 5.7 mg of cholesterol, a perfect choice if you’re watching your weight.
The levels of saturated fat and sodium are also kept within our healthy guidelines at 2.8 g and 291.9 mg. We adjusted the amount of oil and salt used in this recipe to achieve this result.
Mixed lettuce forms the base of this salad. As one of the most common choices for salads, lettuce is a safe option, but you can always shake things up with mixed lettuce.
Arugula is both similar and opposite to lettuce. It is also one of the more popular leafy green choices, most probably because its peppery and sometimes bitter taste is a lot more interesting.
Carrots and onions add some crunch and bright colors on top of the green bed of lettuce and arugula.
For the dressing
We used a simple honey mustard dressing for this recipe.
This dressing has all the flavors: sweet, tangy, sour, and salty. Honey and mustard are the two main components. We used red wine vinegar as the acidic component for its fruity taste from red wine. Olive oil brings in its distinct grassiness.
We only season the dressing lightly with some salt and pepper.
Garnish and toppings
Walnuts and two kinds of cheese are our toppings of choice.
Walnuts’ distinct crunchiness sets them apart from other ingredients in the salad in terms of texture. The two kinds of cheese—parmesan and feta—add their signature flavor notes to every bite. Parmesan is fruity and nutty, while feta is salty and tangy.
What to Serve Salad Mix With
This light but vibrant salad makes a versatile and incredible side dish. Its simplicity makes it compatible with almost any ingredient, and as such, a great variety of main dishes.
Let’s start small, this salad lacks some protein and starch, so let’s add just that: Poached or boiled eggs, tofu, and croutons are worthy additions. You can also eat this salad with wheat bread for some contrasting texture.
Now for the big guns. Juicy steak, hearty pasta, or a stacked burger will all work very well alongside this salad. The salad will lighten up the main dish and add some much-needed fiber to the meal.
How to Store the Leftovers
Store the salad and dressing separately if you can. Transfer them to airtight containers and place some paper towels on top of the salad. This serves to absorb the moisture of the vegetables to keep them fresh.
This salad should last in the fridge for 3-5 days, while the dressing should last for up to a week.
Can You Freeze Salad Mix?
Unfortunately, you cannot freeze salads because the high-water content of the ingredients causes freezer burn. Furthermore, frozen vegetables cannot be used for salads as their textures will break down due to the formation of ice crystals.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
This salad mix is a perfect combination of fresh and healthy ingredients. It's easy to make and tastes delicious!