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!
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 use this dressing for spring mix most often to make a salad 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 salad 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?
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- 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 dressing for Spring Mix 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:
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- 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 extra virgin 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:
- 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 since-high-school friend Mary was posted on my site in 2005, probably without a photo! It was last updated with more information in 2023.