Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Greens
If you struggle to eat green salad, you need to try my friend Mary’s Easy Perfect Salad Dressing for Spring Mix Greens! This simple dressing turns Spring Mix into an amazing salad that can help you get back on track when you’ve been having too many indulgent meals!
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I share lots of low-carb and Keto recipes on Kalyn’s Kitchen, but I don’t share many diet tips. But today I’m featuring my friend Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Greens, a simple salad idea that helps me get back on track when I’ve had too many indulgent meals! And this ridiculously easy but oh-so tasty salad from my friend Mary is something I eat over and over for a quick lunch with the Spring Mix Greens that come already prepped and ready to eat!
Most of you have probably purchased Spring Mix Greens, a heaping tub of baby greens of various types. There was a time when they might go to waste in my fridge, but then I discovered this easy dressing that makes the Spring Mix Greens so good. What’s essential for Mary’s dressing is the method of dressing the greens in the bowl with absolutely top quality olive oil, followed by a generous amount of fresh-squeezed lime juice and a much smaller amount of red wine vinegar.
That combination makes a green salad I never get tired of eating, and I love this salad so much and make it so often that today I’m featuring it as my Friday Favorites pick this week, and it’s a perfect tip for this time of year when most people are doing a diet re-set!
And although this is perfect for a side-dish, I eat this salad most often for lunch when I want to get back on track with my eating and just want something quick, healthy, and extra low in carbs. My version always includes grated Parmesan cheese, and whenever I’ve had a few indulgent meals this simple salad always helps me lose a few pounds when I need a reset. If you try it I bet you’ll be surprised how delicious it is for a perfect low-carb lunch!
What ingredients do you need?
- extra-virgin Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
- Red Wine Vinegar (affiliate link)
- salt and black pepper
- Spring Mix Greens
What are Spring Mix Greens?
Spring Mix is a packaged salad mix that contains greens such as baby lettuce, spinach, red and green romaine, oak leaf, chard, arugula, endive, radicchio, and other heirloom lettuces. The exact ingredients will vary slightly depending on the season and the company who’s packaging the greens.
Be sure to make the salad exactly as described!
Everything about the way Mary dresses the Spring Mix Greens is important for best flavor. Be sure to use best-quality extra version olive oil and toss it generously with the greens first. Then squeeze the limes directly on to the greens and use a generous amount of lime juice. Add the slightest amount of red wine vinegar, salt, and fresh ground black pepper and toss and you’re ready to eat!
What else tastes good with Spring Mix Greens?
I love Mary’s Easy Salad Dressing for Spring Mix Greens just as the recipe is written when I need a simple side dish that only takes a couple of minutes to prepare. Of course, you can add all kinds of things such as crumbled Gorgonzola, feta, shaved Parmesan, olives, red peppers, artichoke hearts, toasted pine nuts or almonds. And when you add one of of those things to make it a bit fancier, and you could even serve this salad at a dinner party!
Want another salad recipe Spring Mix Greens?
Check out Spring Mix Salad to see a fancier salad recipe I created that was inspired by this recipe.
How to make a salad with Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Greens:
(Scroll down to see complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- This spring mix from Earthbound Farms is probably the one I buy most, but there are many good brands.
- Put desired amount of spring mix in a bowl. (It can be the bowl you’re going to eat it from if you’re only making salad for one person!)
- Toss greens with enough first quality olive oil to moisten the greens.
- Then squeeze in the lime juice. Use a generous amount of fresh-squeezed lime juice.
- Sprinkle over a tiny bit of red wine vinegar and toss again.
- Season salad with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and serve. YUM!
Make it a low-carb meal:
This salad would be a perfect (easy!) side down for a low-carb main dish like Spaghetti Casserole, Low-Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole, or Chicken and Sausage Stew.
Mary's Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Greens
If you sometimes buy those packs of Spring Mix Greens and let them go to waste in the fridge, you need to try my friend Mary's Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Greens!
- 1 - 2 T extra-virgin olive oil (use the best quality olive oil you have)
- 2 tsp. fresh-squeezed lime juice (juice from one lime, to taste. I probably use more than this but I love lime.)
- 1/4 tsp. Red Wine Vinegar (or a little more, to taste)
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- 4 cups Spring Mix Greens
- Put desired amount of spring mix in a bowl.
- Toss greens with just enough olive oil to moisten them.
- Then squeeze in the lime juice. Use a generous amount, taste, and add more if you want even more lime flavor.
- Sprinkle over a tiny bit of red wine vinegar and toss again.
- Season salad with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and serve.
Be sure the olive oil says *Extra Virgin* and *First Cold Pressed* on the label if you want the best flavor.
You can add all kinds of things to kick it up a notch like crumbled Gorgonzola, feta, shaved Parmesan, olives, red peppers, artichoke hearts, garbanzo beans, toasted pine nuts, or almonds.
This recipe from my long-time friend Mary Rhodes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 321mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Mary’s Easy Salad Dressing for Spring Mix Greens is a great recipe for low-carb and low-glycemic diet plans, and for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this recipe:
This simple recipe from my high school friend Mary was posted on my site in 2005, probably without a photo! It was last updated with more information in 2021.
21 Comments on “Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Greens”
I make a similar dressing but with lemon juice, no vinegar, a shot of Dijon, and smashed fresh garlic.
That sounds good too.
I’ve not been good at rating your recipes but use them all the time. I’m going through the new site and rating my favorites. I make Mary’s Perfect salad dressing frequently and have it in printed form from your first site. I always need to review the quantities or I end up with too much vinegar. Love this simple dressing and makes eating a “just greens” salad so enjoyable. Today I found this link and was going to add a rating but there’s no recipe here. Just thought I’d let you know. Love, love, love, the new recipe filter!
Thanks for the ratings! So glad you like the Filtered Recipe Search. I am already using it a lot myself.
So weird on this recipe. I am not home now but will fix it later when I get home.
Okay fixed, thanks again for telling me!
Jan, so glad you enjoyed it!
So glad you put this link in with today's Phase One salmon recipe! I made it for my lunch salad and was amazed how good it is.
Kai, this isn’t a dressing you can make ahead and put in a jar. What makes it so good for this type of lettuce is the way the lettuce is coated with olive oil, then very lightly dressed with the vinegar and lime juice.
Do you have a recipe for this because i wanted to make some up and but in a jar? If so can you email it to me at email@example.com
Debbie, I think the Costco extra virgin olive oil is pretty good. It’s a personal preference partly on how strongly-flavored oil you prefer. I’d say just make sure you pick an oil you like the flavor of. (And I will never tell vinegar if you have a little fling with lime. Try it!)
Does best quality mean better than the Costco extra virgin oil? There’s some pretty darn expensive olive oil out there…
I love simple salads, but I’m not sure vinegar would let me cheat on it like this with citrus – we’re having a love affair, you know. 🙂
Kalyn, I’d leave the salad “as is”…let the olive oil and vinegar take center stage.
So simple, you’d still get the great flavor from the greens with just a little perk!
Thant is very good recipe, I never thought of mixing lemon juice and vinegar, I usually use olive oil, rainbow pepper and balsamic vinegar or lemon juice for all kind of leaves.
Richelle, thanks for the feedback. Isn’t it interesting how something so simple can taste so good?
You are right! It is perfect!!! Had it two night in a row…delicious!
Yum! I live on that organic greens bin from costco–helps with my “4 cups a day of veggies” goal! I usually just use some (admittedly sodium-filled) bottled caesar dressing on my salad, but I must try this recipe–I do love simple oil dressings. Thanks for the recipe Kalyn!
I love simply dressed salads such as this. But I could never get the acid part right. Now I know I was using too much vinegar. Thanks for that!
Thanks for this recipe! I love making my own dressings. After you get used to making your own, it’s hard to bring yourself to buy store dressings, huh?
Have a great weekend!
Robin told me to come look at this site. Your recipes look great. I am especially excited to use that cheese zuchinni recipe with my kids, they won’t eat it right now. So, we’ll try that.
Wow–looks deliciously simple!
Enjoy your weekend!