Fresh Garden Salad

A fresh and easy tossed garden salad is the perfect side salad for any meal! Or enjoy it with some protein like chicken or salmon to create a complete meal.

A large bowl of garden salad.

This tossed garden salad is a quick and easy recipe for lunch or dinner that is packed with tons of veggies and flavor. This salad is packed with the flavor of some of your favorite restaurant-style salads but with a lighter, healthier dressing. It’s a classic salad that everyone loves!

garden salad ingredients

Garden salad ingredients

A freshly tossed garden salad is made of a few ingredients. Feel free to add or substitute any ingredients to make it your own!

  • Leafy greens or spring mix – use your favorite type of greens for this salad.
  • Tomatoes – we love using campari tomatoes but any kind will work.
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Red onion
  • Feta cheese – you can omit the cheese to make this recipe dairy free or substitute for another type of cheese.
  • Seasoned croutons – you can omit the croutons to make this salad lower carb or gluten free.

Garden salad dressing

The dressing, in my opinion, is really what makes this salad. It’s made with staples like olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and other herbs that are always in my pantry. This dressing recipe is also lighter as it doesn’t contain any mayo. It cuts down on the calories but still packs the flavor to create a simple tossed salad recipe.

Combine olive oil, Parmesan cheese, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, fresh parsley, salt, pepper, garlic and Italian seasoning in a food processor or blender. Pulse until the ingredients are combined.

tossed salad in a bowl

Making salad more interesting

The secret to making exciting salads is to make it a bit more interesting with the toppings. Toppings add more color and flavor. We even love adding the olives and pepperoncini to this salad. 

Next time you are looking to make your salad a little more interesting, add a few more toppings. Nuts, seasonings or cheeses are some of my favorite things to add to a salad. We also love: 

  • a soft cheese, like goat or feta;
  • nuts, like walnuts, sliced almonds, pine nuts or chopped cashews;
  • a whole-grain like quinoa or couscous;
  • berries like raspberries, strawberries or blueberries; and
  • seasonings such as poppy seeds, sesame seeds, mint or other seasonings to bring extra flavor to your salad.

If you want to make this salad a complete meal then add some baked chicken cutlets or baked salmon. Serve it alongside grilled lobster tail or baked bbq chicken, the options are endless!

garden salad with baked chicken

This fresh garden salad recipe is such a simple dish to prepare, but it will bring all the fresh flavors to your table. Made with plenty of vegetables and a dressing made with pantry staples, this dish is ready in under 20 minutes.

If you’re looking for a simple and fresh tossed garden salad recipe, then this salad is the perfect addition to your menu. It’s quick, easy and always reliable. Save or print this recipe for later so that you can make it again and again.

Tossed Garden Salad

A fresh and easy tossed salad is the perfect side salad for any meal!
garden salad made with fresh ingredients
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic minced

For the salad:

  • 4 cups mixed greens (you can use romaine or a spring salad mix)
  • 3 campari tomatoes quartered
  • 3/4 cup cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup carrots julienned
  • 1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 4 ounces seasoned croutons

Instructions

  1. Combine oil, Parmesan, vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic in a food processor, processing until thoroughly combined.

  2. Combine salad mix, vegetables, cheese, and croutons in a large bowl. Drizzle salad with dressing; toss to coat. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 203, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 430mg, Potassium: 236mg, Carbohydrates: 20g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 5g, Vitamin A: 3329%, Vitamin C: 15%, Calcium: 75%, Iron: 1%

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh garden salad, tossed salad
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