Ultimate Salad Mix with Balsamic Vinaigrette – Everyday Food with Sarah Carey

To get started, you’ll combine 3 lettuce varieties (like Bibb, romaine, and red leaf) before adding thinly sliced cucumbers and carrot ribbons. Make sure you wash and dry the leaves well — it’s an essential part of the process! You’ll toss everything in an olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and dijon mustard vinaigrette before serving. Consider this recipe a roadmap for your future salad creations. Dig in!

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves 4

For Salad Mix
1 head butter lettuce, such as Bibb or Boston, trimmed
1 head crisp, long-leaved lettuce, such as romaine, trimmed
1 head loose-leaved lettuce, such as red leaf, trimmed
2 cups baby arugula
For Serving
1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, shredded
Balsamic Vinaigrette

Make salad mix: Wash and dry lettuces and arugula. Tear into bite-size pieces. To store, refrigerate salad mix, wrapped in paper towels, in a zip-top bag, up to 4 days.

To serve: Combine 4 cups salad mix, cucumber, and carrot; drizzle with vinaigrette and toss to combine.


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Nutritional Info: per serv (makes 4): 120 cal; 10 g fat; 1 g protein; 6 g carb; 1 g fiber

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Sarah Carey is the editor of Everyday Food magazine and her job is to come up with the best ways to make fast, delicious food at home. But she’s also a mom to two hungry kids, so the question “What’s for dinner?” is never far from her mind — or theirs, it seems! Her days can get crazy busy (whose don’t?), so these videos are all about her favorite fast, fresh meals — and the tricks she uses to make it all SO much easier.

Ultimate Salad Mix with Balsamic Vinaigrette – Everyday Food with Sarah Carey

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