Spring Mix Salad with Lemony White Balsamic Dressing

I love mixed salads and you’ll see a lot of salads on my blog – many with wonderful dressings and an array of gorgeous ingredients. This salad is a simple side salad, and every bit as scrumptious.  Spring lettuces, barley (or another grain of your choice) a few herbs, and a little Parmesan to dress it up.

Spring Mix Salad with Lemony White Balsamic Dressing

Spring Mix Salad with Lemony White Balsamic Dressing

The dressing, too, is simple: a blend of white balsamic and olive oil, a touch of lemon and shake or two of black pepper. I generally just drizzle the dressing ingredients over the top, give it a quick toss and add a whisper of Parmesan or whatever cheese I happen to have on hand.

What makes this salad, other salads, or many sides so doable is that I keep a whole stash of grains in my freezer: barley, freekah, quinoa, wild rice  or just about any grain that takes a long time to cook,

Spring Mix Salad with Lemony White Balsamic Dressing

Spring Mix Salad with Lemony White Balsamic Dressing

When I make a dish that uses a grain, I just double or triple and put some away in small portions, labeled, in a Ziploc and freeze. A few seconds in the microwave until nearly thawed and they’re ready to toss into a salad or side at a moment’s notice.

If your grocer has beautiful greens that you can pick out and mix and match, you’ll generally pay a lot less than if you buy a bag of Spring Mix. While those bags are handy, they’re often 4 to 10 times more than the bulk lettuces.

Spring Mix Salad with Lemony White Balsamic Dressing

Spring Mix Salad with Lemony White Balsamic Dressing

Spring Mix Salad with Lemony White Balsamic Dressing

  • Servings: 4 - 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 6 – 10 ounces Spring Mix
  • 1 cup of a grain of your choice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup of thinly sliced green onion
  • abt 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • abt 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • abt 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan or other hard cheese (about an ounce)

Add salad ingredients (lettuces, grain, parsley and green onion) to a bowl or platter. Drizzle with the olive oil, lemon juice and balsamic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss.

Shave Parmesan or your choice of cheese over the top and serve.


  • I don’t even really measure the dressing ingredients, just eyeball them. Just remember it’s a dressing not a drowning.

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com


You know I’ll be bringing this to our Throwback Thursday #38 Link Party, hosted by Quinn of Dad What’s for Dinner, Meaghan of 4 Sons are Us, Alli of Tornadough, Carlee from Cooking with Carlee and Moi! That’s right – me!

Click over to our latest Throwback Thursday post for links to their blogs and social media, rules and more info or just click on the blue leapfrog, below, to view all the Throwback Thursday Posts or enter your own!

I’ll also be bring this to Angie’s Fiesta Friday, hosted this week by Ahila @ A Taste of Sri Lankan Cuisine and Diann @ Of Goats and Greens.

8 thoughts on “Spring Mix Salad with Lemony White Balsamic Dressing

  1. The first word that comes to mind when I look at this recipe: REFRESHING! It is simple, yet (or even because), it hits the spot. Glad to see this one over at the Fiesta!!

    Good point about a dressing being a dressing, and NOT a drowning. 😉

    • When we have a few nice days, I just crave simple and light! 🙂 Last night, though, I had to run out and bring in the flats of baby plants because we were afraid of a freeze…

  2. I just love the tip about cooking the extra grains and freezing them! Now why didn’t I think of that, duh! LOL. I always make extra of other stuff and freeze in portions, but somehow never thought to do that with rice and grains. Lovely salad, too. 🙂

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