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Tossed Salad: a fast, easy recipe for a flavorful salad

Total time: 10 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist


8 cups
1 cup
cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup
mixed vegetables radish, shredded carrot, purple cabbage
1 cup
almonds or sunflower seeds, toasted
2 tbsp
for the dressing
Olive oil
1/4 cup
2 tbsp
1 tsp
salt and pepper to taste

Tossed salad is a quick, healthy recipe that makes a perfect side dish to serve with a huge variety of main meals. This tasty dish gets its name from the fact that the salad is tossed with dressing.

It's a simple green salad packed with crisp fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, crunchy, refreshing cucumber, and mixed veggies tossed in a tangy, zesty vinaigrette.

Serve your tossed salad with pot roasts, stews, burgers, roast chicken, or use it as a way to brighten up sandwiches. It's an amazing, ultra-flavorful healthy dish you can enjoy with lunch or dinner, any time of the year!

Tossed Salad Ingredients 

This tossed salad recipe calls for mixed vegetables, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and nuts. However, you can add other ingredients to your liking. Peppers, olives, and croutons will add more color, salt, and crunch to your salad, so feel free to get creative!

As far as the dressing goes, you'll want to make a light vinaigrette. Use either apple cider, balsamic, red wine, or white wine vinegar to make your dressing. Honey and oil will balance out the vinegar's tartness, and make each mouthful delicious.

How to Make Tossed Salad

There isn't too much involved in making the perfect tossed salad. Simply place the salad ingredients in a bowl, then grab a second bowl and pour the dressing ingredients into it. Whisk the dressing well to combine, then slowly pour it over the top of the salad. Mix it well, tossing to combine. Then serve and enjoy!

Tips for the Best Tossed Salad

You can add other ingredients to your tossed salad. Croutons, olives, bacon or pancetta, toasted nuts, and cheese all make fantastic additions.

Use a mix of different types of lettuce for a more varied salad.

Using your hands will mix the salad and dressing the best – don't be afraid to get your hands dirty!

What is the Best Dressing for Tossed Salad?

You can use just about any dressing on a tossed salad, but if you want to let the flavors of the ingredients shine through, using a classic homemade vinaigrette will do the trick. Other delicious options would be Italian dressing, honey mustard dressing, or ranch dressing.

How to Store Tossed Salad

Place your salad in an airtight container and refrigerate. It'll stay fresh between 1 to 3 days. It'll taste best if it's enjoyed the same day you make it.

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Place the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, mixed vegetables, and almonds or sunflower seeds in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, honey, seasoned salt, and pepper to combine.

Pour the dressing over the salad, toss, and serve.


If your honey is quite solid, leave the jar in a bowl of warm water for several minutes to help loosen it up. This will help it mix into the dressing more easily.

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