Chopped Green Salad

Chopped Green Salad
Photo: Andy Lyons
Start To Finish Time:
30 mins


  • 4 cup torn spinach and/or romaine

  • 1 small cucumber, seeded, if desired

  • 3 ounce broccoli florets, blanched and shocked* (1 cup)

  • 3 ounce tender fresh green beans, blanched and shocked* (1 1/2 cups)

  • ¾ cup frozen edamame, thawed

  • 1 ½ cup halved green grapes

  • 1 recipe Fresh Herb Dressing

  • Lemon wedges

Fresh Herb Dressing

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh Italian parsley, basil, or thyme

  • 2 teaspoon yellow mustard

  • teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. On a large cutting board, cut lettuce and cucumber into bite-size pieces. Add to a large salad bowl. Add broccoli, beans, edamame, and grapes. Toss gently to mix. Drizzle about 1/3 recipe Fresh Herb Dressing over vegetables. Toss gently to coat mixture with dressing.

  2. Serve in small tumblers or cups with lemon wedges, if desired. Pass remaining dressing, if desired.

Fresh Herb Dressing

  1. In a screw-top jar combine orange juice, olive oil, cider vinegar, herb, mustard, and pepper. Cover and shake well. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Stir or shake well before using.

Teaching Notes:

Before chopping lettuce, wash lettuce and remove excess water from leaves by patting dry with paper towels. Salad dressing clings better to dry lettuce.

*Shocking Vegetables:

Bring a saucepan half filled with water to a boil. Carefully add vegetables and cook 3 minutes (do not wait for water to return to boil to start timing). Drain in colander and immediately add to a bowl of ice water to halt cooking. Drain well before using.

Teaching Note:

To snip fresh herbs, place a handful in a 1-cup glass measuring cup. Use kitchen scissors to snip them into small pieces.

Raspberry Vinaigrette:

Prepare as above, except substitute raspberry vinegar, and add 1/4 cup mashed fresh raspberries.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

119 Calories
6g Fat
15g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 119
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 43.1mg 216%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 352mg 7%
Folate, total 60.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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