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Easy garden salad on a white platter.
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Easy Garden Salad

Don't underestimate the charm of an easy Garden Salad, made with lots of leafy greens and crunchy, colorful vegetables. No matter the season, you can toss up a simple green salad in minutes with a handful of fresh ingredients and the homemade salad dressing of your choice. 
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 51kcal

Ingredients

For the ranch dressing (or substitute store-bought):

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon red onion minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the salad:

  • 8 cups lettuce such as romaine, green leaf, or iceberg, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 blub endive cored and chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved lengthwise
  • 4 radishes ends trimmed, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 2 carrots peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced
  • 2 Persian cucumbers or 1 hot house cucumber halved lengthwise and chopped

Instructions

To make the ranch dressing (or substitute store-bought):

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, red onion, dill, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Refrigerate at least 10 minutes to blend flavors. Whisk to recombine before serving.

To make the salad:

  • In a large bowl, combine lettuce, endive, tomatoes, radishes, carrots, and cucumbers. Drizzle with salad dressing and toss until evenly coated.

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Nutrition

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 11384IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg