Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video

Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video

Tossed Green Salad w/ Crunchy Spring Vegetables & Herbs

Adding crunchy vegetables and fresh herbs makes a tossed green salad as fresh and vibrant as spring itself. Prepare your own dressing for a fresher, lighter and healthier salad. I use today’s recipe’s dressing and technique for an easy and very quick tossed green salad throughout the year. Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video Though, I often vary the ingredients with the season.

Once you have the feel for how much vinegar and oil to use, you’ll no longer need exact proportions. Do taste the salad before serving. Too acidic? Add more greens and a bit more olive oil and toss again. Flavor close but not quite right? Perhaps all that’s needed is another sprinkling of salt and freshly ground pepper.

Another video to enjoy
Take a look at this, my second video. You’ll learn through photos, text and music how to make this Tossed Green Salad recipe. (Make sure that your speakers on, and be sure to click the box in the bottom right corner to view the video full screen.) You’ll also find the full recipe below along with a link at the end for the printer-friendly recipe as well.

A tip for really crisp greens
Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video
Wash, dry and refrigerate your greens at least a few hours and up to a few days before you want to enjoy them. If you have a salad spinner, it’s ideal for drying and storing your greens in the fridge.

I keep my salad spinner filled with greens. This way, whenever I want to make a lettuce wrap or prepare a tossed green salad, crisp and dry lettuce leaves are ready for action.

Nutrient-rich scallions
Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video I’ve yet to understand why many recipes suggest only using the white and light green part of scallions (green onions). I always use the whole scallion. This morning’s New York Times article agrees with me 😉 The author, Jo Robinson, writes that the deep green ends are the most nutritious part of the scallions. This means a lot of nutrition. As scallions themselves have more than five times the phytonutrients as regular yellow and white onions.

Go ahead and toss a salad
Celebrate spring with a fresh, crunchy and vibrant tossed green salad. As an aside, with this light dressing on your salad, even leftover salad remains quite tasty if, like me, you enjoy salad for breakfast.

Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video

Tossed Green Salad w/ Crunchy Spring Vegetables & Herbs

Substitute, delete or add other vegetables, herbs and greens in this vegetarian salad.
A few possibilities to consider: baby spinach, arugula, spring mix, Belgian endive, radicchio, thinly sliced carrots, asparagus or fennel, diced avocado, fresh dill, mint, cilantro, chives, oregano, etc.

4-6  servings
Active time:  15 minutes

Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video 2 mini cucumbers or a third of an English hot house cucumber, quartered and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons seasoned lite rice vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/3 cup radishes, trimmed, halved and very thinly sliced
½ cup jicama, peeled, julienne cut
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup basil chiffonade
1 bunch watercress, washed, dried, stems removed (3½ – 4 cups)
7-8 cups baby romaine or other greens, halved and sliced
2 ounces crumbled soft goat, feta or blue cheese or freshly grated Pecorino or Parmesan (optional)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  1. In a large bowl, toss the cucumber slices with the rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, salt and freshly ground pepper. Let the cucumber marinate while you prepare the rest of the vegetables and greens.
  2. As each vegetable, herb and green is prepared, add it to the bowl on top of the marinating cucumbers.Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video
  3. Add the optional cheese.
  4. Drizzle the salad with the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Just before serving, toss the salad and adjust the salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

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6 thoughts on “Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video

  1. The video is definitely a plus! the salad is amazing already but the video just makes you want to get in the kitchen and prepare it!

  2. beautiful salad. AND you’re becoming quite the techy! Congratulations on this wonderful addition to your blog.

  3. Another ‘marriage’ of food and music!
    Delightful and so informative.
    Thanks Janice.
    What do you think about the addition of toasted sesame seeds and /or sunflower seeds?
    Think I’ll give it a try.

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