Simple Green Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette

What’s one way to eat more like a farmer? Never underestimate the power of a simple green salad. In my humble opinion, pretty much any meal can be improved with a heaping bowl of greens dressed with a bright vinaigrette. A fresh green salad serves as a breath of fresh air on the plate and palate, especially if you’re eating a rich, decadent meal. The recipe below is more of a guide - use whatever greens and herbs you have available for the salad, and follow my tips for making a show stopping vinaigrette... the key to a killer dressing is to use good quality oil (this is my go-to brand) and to find a balance between acidic/sour, sweet, and salty. When you put your vinaigrette ingredients in a mason jar and give them a good shake, make sure to TASTE and make adjustments as needed. Too sweet? Add a bit more acid or oil. Too salty? Try to dilute the dressing with a bit more oil. You get the idea. Keep scrolling for the full recipe below - and remember it's just a guide, so get creative with whatever produce is available in the moment.



Serves: 4-6 people

Simple Green Salad

Prep time:

Salad Ingredients:
  • 1-2 heads fresh lettuce, leaves washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces with your hands
  • Handful chopped fresh herbs - mint, basil, parsley, chives, etc
  • Handful assorted greens - spinach, swiss chard, radish tops, fennel fronds, etc
  • Edible flowers to garnish (optional, but encouraged... we eat first with our eyes!)
  • Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Dijon and/or Whole Grain Mustard
  • Honey
  • Minced clove of garlic
  • Freshly chopped herbs
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

  1. In a wide salad bowl, combine your lettuces, chopped herbs, and assorted greens (if using).
  2. To make the dressing, put the juice of your lemons in a mason jar. Add twice as much olive oil as lemon juice to the jar. Add a good squeeze (at least a teaspoon) each of mustard and honey. If you'd like, add minced garlic, fresh herbs, and/or lemon zest for added flavor. Add salt and pepper to taste and shake, shake shake! Taste the dressing and adjust seasoning as necessary - you're looking for a good balance between sour, sweet, and salty.
  3. Just before serving, toss the salad with some of your vinaigrette, using your hands to gently coat the greens. Start with less dressing than you think - you can always add more, but you can't take it back once you've overdressed. Garnish with flakey sea salt and edible flowers.