Simple Autumn Spring Mix Salad
This spring mix salad is perfect for the cooler seasons and is one of my favorites to serve guests and family. Dress it up with chicken or salmon to make it a full meal!
I took a poll. No one likes spring mix salad greens except those people who also claim to like kale. They like it because it’s probably good for them.
However, I have a theory. I think we don’t like spring mix because we keep trying to treat it like romaine lettuce. It’s not. Spring mix greens are an entirely different vegetable and play by unique rules.
This simple recipe plays by those flavor rules. It’s the recipe that turned me into one of those people who says they like spring mix greens. In fact, it’s our main salad during the cooler Fall and Winter months.
This salad features ingredients that are easy to find and afford in the cooler seasons – apples, nuts, cranberries, and maybe just a touch of goat cheese and turkey bacon.
When we did our Cheapskate Whole30, I used avocado instead of goat cheese. Since avocado loves balsamic vinegar so much, it worked perfectly in this salad.
Add shredded chicken (like this make-ahead version we keep on hand) or leftover salmon, and the salad becomes a meal!
Simple. Flavorful. Perfect.
This Salad is Also:
Dairy-free (with avocado)
Whole30 (with avocado)
Vegan (with avocado)
Or how to fall in love with spring mix salad greens
- 4 cups spring mix salad greens
- 1 whole gala apple, diced
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, or chopped pecans
- 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled (or 1 diced avocado)
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
- 1-2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
- 2 small cooked salmon fillets
- 2 slices turkey bacon, crumbled
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Divide the spring mix evenly between 4 plates. Top each pile of greens with the rest of the ingredients as desired, adjusting amounts to taste.
- Try it with this simple Make-Ahead Chicken!
- I have not found a homemade version of balsamic vinaigrette that I can swear by, but there are many good ones online
- This recipe needs something sweet. If you don't have apples, dried cranberries by themselves work nicely. I also recommend trying pears. In the Summer, strawberries are perfect.
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