The Best-Ever Looneyspoons Garden Salad Recipe
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!
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.
Green Salad Nutrition Analysis
What's In It For Me?
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
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 Amazon.com through their private sellers.
Definitely a great cookbook!
More Tossed Green Salad Recipes
- Spring Green Salad Recipe by Tyler Florence
Tyler Florence offers a very simple salad mostly of greens and dressing. Not for everyone maybe (one reviewer commented she just needs to add a tomato or something) but still sounds interesting.
- Lady and Sons Garden Salad From Paula Deen's Recipe Collection
Paula combines an interesting dressing with greens, red pepper, red onion, walnuts and cheese.
- Simple Tossed Green Salad by Martha Stewart
Yes, it's a simple recipe with just seven ingredients. Martha's tossed green salad sounds good!
- Jamie Oliver's Big Give Salad Recipe From Oprah.com
This simple and easy salad from Jamie Oliver is a great complement to any meal. Another recipe with less than ten ingredients!
- Beetroot, Red Apple and Watercress Salad ~~ Jamie Oliver recipes
Beetroot can be eaten raw but it needs to be very finely sliced - a mandolin is ideal.
- Garden Salad Recipes From N.Y. Times
SUMMER may not be the best time to cook, but it's certainly among the best times to eat. Toss watermelon and peaches with some ingredients you have lying around already, and you can produce a salad that's delicious, unusual, fast and perfectly season
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.
Make Washing Your Lettuce Fun With The OXO Salad Spinner
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?
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