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Course Side Dish

Best Tossed Green Salad for a Crowd

By: Elysia
Servings 6 - 8 servings
This simple tossed salad recipe for a crowd is perfect for all of your summer parties, potlucks and BBQs, or simply served up as a healthy side dish for a weeknight meal! Tossed in a homemade vinaigrette dressing, this mixed garden salad is so fresh, crunchy and delicious! {Gluten-free, vegetarian & dairy-free}
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins


For the garden salad

  • 2 hearts romaine lettuce thinly sliced
  • 2 medium plum tomatoes (or regular tomatoes) diced
  • 1/2 large English cucumber quartered and sliced
  • 1/2 red onion finely diced
  • 1 large carrot peeled and shredded
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the vinaigrette dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)


  • Place romaine lettuce in a salad bowl and top with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and carrot.
  • Place oil, vinegar, Dijon, honey and garlic (if using) in a small jar or container. Put the lid on the jar or container and shake dressing until well combined.
  • Pour dressing over salad. Season salad with salt and pepper, to taste, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.


  • For milder onions: If you don’t like the taste of raw onion, you can soak the onion in a bowl of water for 10 minutes. Also, be sure to chop up the onions finely so that they don’t overpower the salad.
  • Look for firmer tomatoes: I like to use firmer tomatoes so that they hold their shape when diced. Additionally, I typically remove the seeds from the tomatoes when chopping them, but it’s a personal preference.
  • If making this salad ahead of time: I recommend placing all of the vegetables into a large bowl or container and keeping the dressing separate in a jar or small container. Pour the dressing on right before serving and toss to prevent the salad from getting wilted and soggy.
  • Adapt according to taste preferences: This is a basic salad recipe, but I love adding in extras like croutons for extra crunch, feta cheese, or diced avocado for additional flavour and texture. See post above for more suggestions!


Calories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 24mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2702IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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