Easy Garden Salad
If eating more salad is on your list, it just got easier! Make an easy Garden Salad with fresh veggies and an equally simple, tasty salad dressing.
Once the warm weather hits, eating salad just gets easier and easier.
The vegetables at the Farmer’s Market are colorful and abundant, and even the grocery store produce tastes better. Do you grow a garden? If you do, I’m jealous! Those veggies are the ultimate.
If you normally make your own homemade salad dressings, you can simplify that avenue of your life, too. Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing is made with just a few simple ingredients and no artificial flavors or preservatives, and it’s exactly what you want on your next salad.
When I lived in Wisconsin, I had a vegetable garden in the backyard. It was absolutely my pride and joy as well as a major source of entertainment (when the mosquitos weren’t too bad, anyway).
I grew everything I possibly could in that garden (I’m leaning towards calling it a Vegetable Patch because that sounds cozier and I’m feeling quite nostalgic about it). Lettuce, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, all possible varieties of tomatoes, peas, green beans, cucumbers (regular and pickling), carrots, radishes, zucchini, pumpkins, gourds, melons (water and cantaloupe), and several herbs.
If my local home and garden center sold it, I bought it. And planted it.
Once the Vegetable Patch started producing, I would gather my basket and begin my harvest. Those salads were the best. Cucumbers never taste as good as the ones you grow yourself, and the whole experience felt like having a produce department in my backyard.
I’ve always been fussy about Ranch dressing, too. Many of the store-bought ones have an odd taste (is it an artificial buttermilk taste? Am I tasting cheese?), so I always proceed with cautious optimism when trying a new Ranch dressing.
Luckily, Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing exceeded all my expectations and tastes as good as, or quite possibly better, than my own Homemade Ranch dressing.
Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing has a creamy texture without being overly heavy. It enhances the Garden Salad without over taking it, adding just the right amount of flavor.
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Easy Garden Salad
- 8 cups lettuce leaves such as romaine green leaf, or iceberg, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1 endive bulb cored and chopped
- 1 pint grape tomatoes halved lengthwise
- 3 to 4 radishes ends trimmed, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 1 to 2 carrots peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced
- 2 Persian cucumbers or 1 hot house cucumber halved lengthwise and chopped
- Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing
- In a large bowl, combine lettuce, endive, tomatoes, radishes, carrots, and cucumbers.
- Drizzle with Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing and toss until evenly coated.
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