Mixed Baby Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Here's a classic greens salad with vinaigrette. Check out the variation tips for making three other great tasting salads.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/3
cup olive or vegetable oil
1/4
cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
2
tablespoons sugar
1
teaspoon Dijon mustard
1
clove garlic, finely chopped

Salad

1
bag (10 ounces) mixed baby greens or Italian-blend salad greens
1
avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
1/3
cup pistachio nuts
1/4
cup dried cranberries
  • 1 In small bowl, beat all Balsamic Vinaigrette ingredients with wire whisk until smooth.
  • 2 In serving bowl, toss vinaigrette and all Salad ingredients just before serving.

Expert Tips

To toast nuts, heat oven to 350°F. Spread nuts in ungreased shallow pan. Bake about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and fragrant. Watch carefully because nuts brown quickly. Or cook nuts in ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown and fragrant.

Toss 2 cups quartered strawberries, 1 package (4 ounces) goat cheese crumbles and 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted with greens and vinaigrette.

Toss 1 medium green apple, chopped (1 cup), 4 ounces Gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup), and 1/3 cup toasted walnuts with greens and vinaigrette.

Toss 2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced, 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half and 1/3 cup finely sliced purple onion with greens and vinaigrette.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
235
(
Calories from Fat
125),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
20%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
35mg
35%;
Total Carbohydrate
14g
14%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
18%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 3 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.