Spring Mix Salad
This easy Spring Mix Salad with Feta and pine nuts is a kicked-up salad using my friend Mary’s perfect dressing for spring mix greens.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you might have stumbled on Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Greens. That simple dressing from my friend Mary is the thing that helped me become friends with those tubs of Spring Mix Salad you see in every grocery store. But when I have time to do more than splash on some olive oil, lime juice, and red wine vinegar, this Spring Mix Salad is the way I dress up the spring mix salad with Feta and Pine nuts into something good enough to serve to guests.
And this is seriously good; I could eat this for lunch or dinner most any time of year without feeling deprived, because FETA and PINE NUTS! Of course the variations are endless, but if you like Feta and Pine Nuts please try my favorite combination at least once. And if you find another variation of a salad with Mary’s dressing that really helps you eat more salad, please come back and tell us about it in the comments.
What ingredients do you need?
- Olive Oil (affiliate link), use good quality extra virgin olive oil for best flavor.
- fresh-squeezed lime juice, I used my fresh-frozen lime juice
- Red Wine Vinegar (affiliate link)
- Spring Mix salad greens
- crumbled Feta
- pine nuts
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
What is Spring Mix?
Spring Mix is a salad greens mix sold in U.S. grocery stores. It always contains some baby greens, which is why I think it has the word spring in the name!
What other things could you add to Spring Mix Salad?
If you enjoy the spring mix with Mary’s Salad Dressing, there are an endless variety of salads you could make. Things I love to add to this salad include artichoke hearts, capers, hearts of palm, avocado, roasted red peppers, olives, marinated mushrooms, bacon, and pepperoni.
How to make Spring Mix Salad:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Crisp the greens in ice cold water in a salad spinner (affiliate link) while you prep other ingredients if desired. Spin and let dry very well.
- You can skip toasting the pine nuts if you want, but it only takes a second and it adds flavor.
- Whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, and red wine vinegar to make the dressing. Crumble the Feta cheese.
- Put the lettuce in a bowl, toss with the dressing, add the pine nuts and Feta, season with a little salt and fresh-ground black pepper and toss again, then devour!
- And if you’re using this recipe as part of a dinner for guests, serve it in a nice glass bowl and no one will ever guess the salad only took you a few minutes to make!
More Leafy Green Salads You Might Like:
- 3 T olive oil (Use good quality extra virgin olive oil for best flavor.)
- 4 tsp. fresh-squeeze lime juice (see notes)
- 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 8 handfuls of Spring Mix salad greens, or your favorite mix of greens
- 1/4 cup crumbled Feta
- 2 T pine nuts
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- Spring mix salad doesn’t usually need to be washed, but if you’re using greens from the garden or want to crisp the greens more you’ll need to wash them, preferably in a salad spinner (affiliate link). I like to pull off the prickly stems of the bigger leaves, but that’s totally optional!
- Whisk together olive oil, the lime juice, and the red wine vinegar. Taste the dressing and see if it seems too tart to you; if so add more olive oil a little at a time until you like the flavor.
- If you want to toast pine nuts, put them in a dry pan over high heat and toast 1 minute (or a little longer), shaking the pan the whole time. They get too done pretty quickly so turn off the heat before they start to get brown.
- Put the greens in a mixing bowl and toss with enough dressing to coat the greens. Add the Feta and pine nuts and toss again.
- Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and toss again; then serve right away.
This salad inspired by Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Greens. Check that post if you only want to make one salad.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
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:
This Spring Mix Salad is 100% perfect for any low-carb, Keto, or low-glycemic diet, including any phase of the original South Beach Diet and it’s a delicious way to get in some healthy diet-friendly greens. I love the Feta here, but the South Beach Diet might recommend a bit less Feta.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2016. It was updated with more information in 2021.