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The Best-Ever Looneyspoons Garden Salad Recipe

Updated on October 23, 2014

A Beyond Be-Leaf Garden Salad, A Looneyspoons Recipe

Garden salad recipes abound. This one is my favorite and comes from one of my all-time favorite cookbooks -- Looneyspoons, a low-fat Canadian cookbook by Janet and Greta Podleski.

This garden salad recipe is special because it mixes many fresh vegetables including a variety of lettuce, radicchio, sprouts, carrot, onion and more together with a tangy vinaigrette dressing and seasoned croutons. It creates a "mouthwatering, colorful salad" that is not packed full of fat like so many salad dressings are. It is a perfect choice for potluck dinners or for enjoing at home.

On this page you will find the recipe for the garden salad, the recipe for the low-fat vinaigrette dressing and the recipe for low-fat homemade croutons. It's a delicious combination; I hope you enjoy it!

Click here to buy the Looneyspoons cookbook, which includes this garden salad recipe, from Amazon.

The Best-Ever Garden Salad Recipe

Also known as the Beyond Be-Leaf Garden Salad From The Looneyspoons Cookbook by Janet and Greta Podleski


5 cups shredded or torn lettuce -- your choice, romaine, green leaf or mixed

1 cup chopped radicchio

1 cup alfalfa sprouts

1 cup grated carrot

1 small red onion sliced thinly into rings

8 cherry tomatoes cut into halves

24 thin slices of English cucumber (no need to peel it)

1 cup of Seasoned Croutons (recipe follows)

Tangy Vinaigrette Dressing (recipe follows)

If you have your ingredients assembled as discussed in the ingredient list, you have already done most of the work. The Looneyspoons cookbook recommends dividing the ingredients evenly onto four serving plates, drizzling the salad dressing over the salads and serving immediately.

Since I usually make this salad for potluck affairs, I usually prepare the ingredients and mix the lettuce, radicchio, sprouts, carrots and ontions together in my serving bowl. Then I put the cherry tomatoes and the cucumber slices in a second small container and the croutons in a third. When it is time to eat the salad, I throw everything into the bowl, add the dressing and mix.

This salad really is delicious. The recipe always wins rave reviews.

Serves 4.

Green Salad Nutrition Analysis

What's In It For Me?

Per Serving:

114 Calories

3.7 grams of fat

17.7 grams of carbohydrate

3.4 grams of protein

142 mgs of sodium

0 mg cholesterol

28.5 percent calories from fat

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Seasoned Croutons Recipe


1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese

3 cups cubed fresh bread

Olive-oil flavored cooking spray

Mix the dry ingredients well and then put them into a large plastic freezer bag. Spray the bread cubes lightly with the cooking spray, put the cubes into the bag and shake. Put the bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake until croutons are crisp and golden or about 10 to 15 minutes. Different breads, of course, will take different times.

Store them in a container for up to 1 week...or eat them right away!

Makes 3 cups.

Looneyspoons: Low-fat Food Made Fun

Janet and Greta Podleski.

This cookbook contains over 150 outrageously delicious low-fat recipes including this tossed salad recipe.

Yes, this is it, one of my top five cookbooks! (Although this one has a different cover than mine.) I love the recipes and I love the humour. If you are looking for a selection of low-fat recipes presented in an easy-to-understand and entertaining manner, this book is for you. I am not sure if it is out-of-print or not. It seems like it may be. However, it is still available at through their private sellers.

Definitely a great cookbook!

The Tangy Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe


3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons of apple juice

2 teaspoons of olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon of oregano (dried)

1/8 teaspoon of black pepper

Mix them all together in a bowl or salad dressing shaker and serve at room temperature.

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One of my favorite kitchen tools & a great way to convince your children to wash the lettuce!

This is Amazon's bestselling salad spinner, the OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner. Looks pretty simple and it is but it is also fantastic.

How do I know? Well, a quick look at all of the five-star Amazon Customer Reviews is impressive. Plus, there is the fact that it is Amazon's bestselling salad spinner which is definitely an important indicator. Finally, there is the fact that I can vouch for this spinner!

Several years ago I got tired of my old salad spinner which consistently did NOT work well so I went shopping looking for a sturdy, simple salad spinner. The OXO is the one that I brought home. Believe me I wasn't disappointed and, if you are interested, you can read more about this salad spinner at The Best Salad Spinner.

In really is a simple, sturdy salad spinner at a reasonable price. The handle is cushioned, the bottom won't slip, it spins well and it is dishwasher safe. What more could you ask?

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

Do you enjoy a great green or tossed salad? What do you think makes a great salad?

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Yummy! In the summertime we especially enjoy lettuce, tomato, onion and sometimes I add even some bits of angel pasta and/or boiled shrimp. The salad recipe looks great and the OXO is very interesting. I have been researching salad spinners since I put mine in a yard sale years ago!

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      I love adding crunchy textures like walnuts, or almonds to my salad! Thanks for sharing, nice work!

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      The recipe sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try this. I'm glad you mentioned the Fiesta dishes. I have a set of the originals and am looking for a few pieces to replace the chipped ones. Gorgeous lens!

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      I am learning to like salad more and more. This recipe looks great!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like my salads with mixed lettuce the best and a great basalmic vinaigrette. Great lens Brenda!

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