Low Calorie Salads Side Dish

Garden Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette

February 24, 2014

This is the last side dish of my awesome 420 calorie meal. I told you about the delicious Baked Sage Breaded Pork Chops and gave a rave review of Creamy Corn with Chives. This Garden Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette needs some time in the spotlight, too. It’s really a very, very basic salad and to be honest I wasn’t excited about it. You see, I like my salads full of cheese and bacon and croutons and dripping with a creamy dressing. I wasn’t so sure about one with just veggies and a homemade vinaigrette. Happy to report it was full of flavor and completely surprised me with how much I loved it.

Garden Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette

So, how’s it taste?

That dressing! Oh that dressing! It’s pretty rare that I make homemade dressings, but every time I do, I think “I’ve got to make this more often.” They just taste better. Period. This vinaigrette was the bomb! The salad is pretty minimal with lettuce, tomatoes, and radishes (what? no cheese? no croutons?), but I liked how it was chunks of red against the green lettuce. I mixed butter lettuce and Spring mix because they are both my favorite. The dressing makes this simple salad come alive. It’s sweet, tangy, salty, and has just a hint of onion. It’s not a lot of dressing on each serving, but ends up being the perfect amount. This would make a great side dish to almost any meal. I’m going to have to keep that dressing on hand from now on!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Garden Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette


4 cups lettuce (I used a mix of butter & spring mix)
1/2 cup sliced radishes
2 plum tomatoes, chopped

2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil


1. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients.

2. In small bowl or jar with tight-fitting lid, combine all dressing ingredients; blend or shake until sugar is dissolved. Add dressing to salad; toss gently to coat.

per serving: 110 calories, 7g fat, 10g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g protein

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  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely February 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I love simple salads like this! The vinaigrette sounds delicious : )

  • Sues February 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

    What a great looking salad! And that dressing sounds marvelous!

  • angela@spinachtiger February 24, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I’ll bet the chives and basil made that dressing sing. Always looking for new salad ideas. THanks.

  • Lesley Eats February 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I can’t believe all the years I wasted thinking I didn’t like salad when, in reality, I didn’t like bottled salad dressings. A simple dressing like this is the best way to actually enjoy a salad!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker February 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    It’s rare that I make homemade dressing, too, but when I do, I tend to love them! This salad is right up my alley, and sounds like the perfect complement to that whole meal.

  • What Jessica Baked Next... February 25, 2014 at 8:36 am

    This looks divine- I love fresh salads. 🙂

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 27, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Gorgeous! That vinaigrette sounds so delicious and easy, too!

  • Layla @ Brunch Time Baker February 28, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I love this vinaigrette, it looks amazing!

  • Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE March 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

    LOVE simple salads. and even more I love homemade salad dressing. Great that it is so colorful! Great post 🙂