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Ultimate Salad Mix with Balsamic Vinaigrette

To get started, you’ll combine 3 lettuce varieties (like Bibb, romaine, and red leaf) before adding thinly sliced cucumbers and carrot ribbons. Make sure you wash and dry the leaves well — it’s an essential part of the process! You’ll toss everything in an olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and dijon mustard vinaigrette before serving. Consider this recipe a roadmap for your future salad creations. Dig in!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves 4

For Salad Mix
1 head butter lettuce, such as Bibb or Boston, trimmed
1 head crisp, long-leaved lettuce, such as romaine, trimmed
1 head loose-leaved lettuce, such as red leaf, trimmed
2 cups baby arugula
For Serving
1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, shredded
Balsamic Vinaigrette

Make salad mix: Wash and dry lettuces and arugula. Tear into bite-size pieces. To store, refrigerate salad mix, wrapped in paper towels, in a zip-top bag, up to 4 days.

To serve: Combine 4 cups salad mix, cucumber, and carrot; drizzle with vinaigrette and toss to combine.
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How to make an Ultimate Salad Mix with Balsamic Vinaigrette

11 Responses to How To Make An Ultimate Salad Mix with Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Dianne Carey says:

    I want to make salads for my family everyday, but we need variety. I
    thought I’d build a salad using different lettuce base with a variety of
    dressings and toppings. I would think there would be infinite combinations.
    The trouble is, I don’t know enough to optimally pair lettuces with
    vinegars beyond the standard recipes. Can you suggest a resource (book or
    video) that will help me learn how to build hundreds of different,
    great-tasting salads? Thanks. I love your videos!

  • mscstandre says:

    Oops I meant to add a suggestion…I was looking at my old EDF digital
    subscriptions and what I miss the most are EDFs Grocery Bag section. Could
    a week be focused on that kind of 5day meal plan? Thx and I enjoy your

  • Paula Sricharoenlumsum says:

    Thank you!

  • mscstandre says:

    Hey Sarah

  • vesna cucic says:

    yummy <3<3<3

  • Sarah Carey says:

    we have done one grocery bag as a week of videos, I think it’s time we did
    another! thanks for the suggestion. s

  • bigeyesxx says:

    Yum yum! It made me crave for lettuce dipped in salt and vinegar. Weird but

  • SamFem says:

    Back to basics – helpful!! Good Post.

  • nubble991 says:

    Who knew…. I didn’t! Thx!

  • mscstandre says:

    Ah yes you did – thanks for the reminder. I will check it out and look
    forward to the next one! Thx Sarah!

  • Neththra'sVision says:

    “So delicious..and it’s really the best thing ever”
    Thank you so much Sarah!