Garden Salad with Vinaigrette

picture of garden salad


Here we have a simple fresh garden salad. Made with crisp red leaf lettuce, juicy ripe Roma tomatoes, firm hot-house cucumbers, sweet peppers and carrots. Topped with crunchy pistachios and sunflower seeds.


  • 1 large bunch of red leaf lettuce
  • 4 large Roma tomatoes
  • 1 large hot-house cucumber
  • 2 large yellow bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup of pistachio nuts no shell
  • 2 medium carrots


  • Remove the bottom stock of lettuce before cleaning.
  • Wash lettuce in a large bowl of cold water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak for a few minutes and repeat this process until the water is clear. Then rinse each leaf under cold running water.
  • Place carrots, peppers and tomatoes in a bowl of cold water with white vinegar. Scrub veggies well and rinse under cold running water and place in colander. Do the same with the cucumber.
♦ Chef Ann’s ‘Garden Salad’ Tips:
  • To shorten your time you can buy prewashed lettuce.
  • Always look for firm flawless cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.
  • Seeds and nuts are optional.

For those of you with health issues, such as celiac disease and those who need to avoid gluten, try:

  1. Hendrickson’s Original Sweet Vinegar & oil (a dressing that is gluten-free) | Homepage – Hendrickson’s
  2. Reading this article ‘Let’s Talk About Gluten
Preparation for garden salad
  • Place lettuce in a spinner to dry or lay flat on paper towels.
  • Chop carrots thin and on the diagonal.
  • Slice cucumber ½ inch thick then slice in half.
  • Slice bell pepper in half and remove all seeds, then chop Julienne style.
  • Chop tomatoes in medium size chunks.
  • Remove pistachio nuts from shell before adding to salad.
  • You may use salted or unsalted sunflower seeds for this salad.
  • Place salad mix in a large bowl and toss well before adding vinaigrette.
Preparation for Salad Dressing
  • ½ cup of extra virgin Olive oil
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste is optional
  • Add all ingredients to a bottle and shake well before pouring over salad.

Total time: about 30 minutes
Servings: 4

♥ Chef Ann’s Note:

I choose to showcase this vinaigrette because it is a healthier choice and will give you fewer calories than a creamy store-bought dressing. Of course you can use any dressing you wish with this colorful garden salad.


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  1. Tim says:

    I almost became a salad lover after eating this salad and dressing!

    • Chef Ann says:

      Hi Tim, almost..come on now you can do better than that.
      I’ll make a salad lover out of you before the
      Thank you for your comment and I am glad that you enjoyed it!

  2. Brandon Li says:

    Wonderful recipe and the healthy vinaigrette sounds excellent with great flavor 🙂

    • Chef Ann says:

      Hi Brandon Li, so nice to see you on my site.
      Please Let me know when you try this salad and vinaigrette?
      Healthy is what I aimed for you will enjoy every bite I’m sure of it!
      Thank you for visiting and leaving me a your nice comment. See you on G+ -:)

  3. Janis King says:

    All of the dishes are so beautifully prepared and they look oh so delicious!!!

    • Chef Ann says:

      Hi Janis, How wonderful to hear from you.
      I do hope that you will try some of these recipes and let me know how you like them.
      Thank you kindly for visiting my site and leaving such a nice compliment!

  4. Hi Chef Ann. I too grew up in the food business. It gets in your blood! My Father was also my inspiration for our infused olive oils. Since everything is made in small batches under the close supervision of a certified food producer we were unable to package samples at this time. I thank you for your interest and when we produce again I am trying to package 1 ounce samples. I will keep you posted. I love your site and your pure and fresh approach to food. Keep it up! I look forward to more. Have a blessed day.
    Hard Pressed Infused Olive Oils

    • Chef Ann says:

      Hello Julie, upon my visit to your site just the other day I truly enjoyed reading about your unique family business, and yes I agree it is definitely in the blood - I am looking forward to trying your product in some of my recipes. I want to thank you for visiting my site and leaving such a warm hearted comment. Blessings to you and your family business my friend!
      Chef Ann

  5. Charla MacKey says:

    Hey Chef Ann,
    I love this salad you prepared. It is soo tasty. I am looking forward to your next recipe.

    • Chef Ann says:

      Hi Charla, Happy to know how much you enjoyed the garden salad.
      The next recipe will be coming up in a couple of days, so keep your eyes wide open for another real treat!
      I sure hope that you are enjoying your weekend.
      Thank you my dear for visiting and commenting today!

  6. julia says:

    You make healthy dishes look not only tasty but also delicious!! kuddos

    • Chef Ann says:

      Julia, This is the point that I want people to see and understand. Healthy food can be delicious! All one has to do is step out there and try it for yourself!
      Again, thanks so much for your kind comment.

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