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Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts

If you’ve tried my friend Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Greens, Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts is a kicked-up salad using that dressing that’s perfect for a quick but impressive salad. 

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Mary's Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts found on KalynsKitchen.com

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 combination from my friend Mary is the thing that helped me become good 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, Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts is the way I dress up this salad 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 even a teeny bit 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 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!

Mary's Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Crisp the greens in ice cold water in a salad spinner while you prep other ingredients if desired. 
  2. You can skip toasting the pine nuts if you want, but it only takes a second and it adds flavor.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil, lime juice,  and red wine vinegar to make the dressing. Crumble the Feta cheese.
  4. Spin lettuce dry if you were crisping it, then 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!

Mary's Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts found on KalynsKitchen.com

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:

Kalyn’s Favorite Low-Carb Antipasto Chopped Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Mom’s Green Salad ~ Shutterbean
Peperoncini Chopped Salad with Romaine, Red Bell Pepper, and Feta ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts

Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts is a kicked-up salad using my friend Mary’s Perfect Salad Dressing for Spring Mix Greens.

Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 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

Salad Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and toss again; then serve right away.

Notes

I use my fresh-frozen lime juice most of the time and I am happy with this olive oil from Costco, but sometimes I splurge for the really good olive oil for salads.

This salad inspired by Mary’s Perfect Easy Dressing for Spring Mix Greens. Check that post if you only want to make one salad.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Mary's Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts is 100% perfect for any low-carb, Keto, or low-glycemic diet, including any phase of the South Beach Diet and it’s a delicious way to get in some healthy diet-friendly greens. I love the Feta here, but if you skip it the salad would be Paleo or Whole 30 approved.

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    4 Comments on “Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts”

  1. I like this salad, Kalyn. Looks like it will be one of my favorites.
    Thanks!
    and Happy Birthday on the 8th!

  2. At this time of year, you cannot have too many salad options available to counter all of the cookies and rich food. Thanks for sharing this one.