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This spring mix salad is a fast and easy recipe starring a mix of baby greens! Top with veggies and a zingy homemade salad dressing.

Spring Mix Salad
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Need a fast and easy salad recipe? Try this Spring Mix Salad! Grab a box or bag of spring mix at the store, and you barely need to think to make this salad recipe. We’ve customized it to be simple with items you might already have on hand! Add a quick homemade salad dressing, like a light and tangy vinaigrette which compliments the delicate leaves perfectly. You’ll go from zero to salad in no time! Here’s what to know.

What is spring mix?

Spring mix is a mix of baby greens that’s sold packaged at many grocery stores. The mix general contains baby greens, which are harvested before they reach maturity. This gives them a mild and delicate flavor: perfect for salads! Every brand of spring mix has different greens, but varieties you might find in most mixes include:

  • Baby lettuce
  • Baby spinach
  • Red or green romaine lettuce
  • Red or green oak leaf lettuce
  • Baby chard or arugula
  • Baby endive or radicchio
Spring Mix Salad

Pros and cons to spring mix

Some people don’t love spring mix, but it’s nice for a quick and easy salad! Here are some pros and cons to this packaged salad mix:

  • Pro: Spring mix is convenient for a quick side dish. There’s nothing faster than this boxed mix, and it usually comes pre-washed. Score!
  • Con: The flavor is variable and the leaves can be flimsy. Sometimes the combination of baby greens can be on the bitter side. The leaves can be flimsy, instead of giving a nice hearty crunch like romaine.
  • Con: Spring mix can become slimy quickly. Ever bought a box or bag of spring mix and it’s slimy before you get to eating it? Because the leaves are young and detached from the plant, they’re more delicate and easy to bruise.

But if you’ve got a great box of fresh spring mix: let’s go ahead and make a salad! Tip: You can also combine it with other hearty greens like romaine to get a nice mix of textures and flavors.

Components in this spring mix salad

You can pair just about anything with spring mix. But for this Spring Mix Salad, we wanted it to be incredibly simple with ingredients you might already have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Spring mix: Of course! Again, pair with another green like romaine to round out the flavors and textures, if you prefer
  • Onion or shallot: Use shallot for a delicate flavor, or red onion for a more bold choice! To round out the spicy flavor, you can soak it in cold water while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • Carrot: Carrots are stable for weeks, and they’re great in salads. Peel them into long ribbons for an interesting texture!
  • Feta cheese: Salty cheese takes a salad from blah to irresistible! Substitute goat cheese or Parmesan shavings.
  • Chopped nuts: Use whatever you have on hand: good choices are pecans, walnuts, pistachios or almonds
  • Sliced apple (optional): Add a pop of sweet with a sliced or diced apple!
Spring Mix Salad

Homemade dressing ideas

A spring mix doesn’t hold up to every dressing: try something heavy and creamy like ranch and it gets completely smothered! Here are some of the top homemade dressing recipes we’d pair with this to make a standout salad:

More easy salad recipes

Sometimes salads can take quite a while to prepare: so we love recipes that are quick and simple! Here are some more easy salad recipes:

This spring mix salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, omit the feta cheese.

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Spring Mix Salad

Spring Mix Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This spring mix salad is a fast and easy recipe starring a mix of baby greens! Top with veggies and a zingy homemade salad dressing.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: Try Balsamic Vinaigrette, Dijon Dressing, Orange Vinaigrette, or Poppy Seed Dressing.
  2. Prepare the vegetables: Slice the onion and if desired, soak it in cold water while preparing the rest of the salad (to remove the bite). Or, slice the shallot into rings. Peel the carrot into ribbons or julienne it. Chop the nuts.
  3. Serve: Place the spring mix greens on a platter or salad plate, and top with carrots, onion, feta crumbles, and chopped nuts. Drizzle with dressing and serve (use about 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons dressing per serving). 
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!