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Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Salad 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 Easy Salad Dressing for Spring Mix Greens! This simple (but perfect) combination turns Spring Mix Greens into an amazing salad that you’ll make over and over. Use Salad Recipes for more ideas like this one!

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Anyone who shops at Costco and likes salad has probably purchased Spring Mix Greens, a heaping tub of baby greens. I confess there was a time when this used to go to waste in my fridge, but then I discovered my friend Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Salad Greens.

This simple method of dressing the salad from my friend Mary (who’s someone I’ve been friends with since high school!) and what’s essential is the way Mary combines a generous squeeze of lime with just the barest hint of red wine vinegar and absolutely top quality olive oil. This is something I never get tired of eating.

I absolutely 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 to kick it up a notch such as crumbled Gorgonzola, feta, shaved Parmesan, olives, red peppers, artichoke hearts, toasted pine nuts or almonds. Add one of of those things to make it a bit fancier, and you could even serve this salad at a dinner party!

Mary's Easy Salad Dressing for Spring Mix Greens

I think Mary’s Easy Salad Dressing for Spring Mix Greens is the perfect dressing for those big tubs of greens you get at Costco!


  • Best quality olive oil, enough to cover greens (I’d say about 1 T. for a large serving of salad. Be sure the olive oil says *Extra Virgin* and *First Cold Pressed* on the label if you want the best flavor.)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (you can use lemon, but the lime is really great)
  • About 4 drops of red wine vinegar
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste


  1. Toss greens with enough olive oil to barely coat lettuce.
  2. Squeeze lime juice over salad.
  3. Sprinkle on red wine vinegar and toss again.
  4. Season with salt and fresh-ground pepper, then serve.


This perfect dressing for Spring Mix Greens was something I tasted at the house of my lovely friend Mary.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
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    16 Comments on “Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Salad Greens”

  1. Jan, so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 realgoldn@yahoo.com

  5. 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!)

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. Kalyn, I’d leave the salad “as is”…let the olive oil and vinegar take center stage.

  8. So simple, you’d still get the great flavor from the greens with just a little perk!

  9. Kalyn,
    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.

  10. Richelle, thanks for the feedback. Isn’t it interesting how something so simple can taste so good?

  11. You are right! It is perfect!!! Had it two night in a row…delicious!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. Wow–looks deliciously simple!
    Enjoy your weekend!