Tossed Green Salad with Herb Vinaigrette – Healthy Option

For a refreshing and light first course, try our tossed green salad with herb vinaigrette. It’s zesty, fresh, and perfect with fish, chicken or steak.

The Backstory: This light and zesty tossed green salad with herb vinaigrette is the perfect first course for just about any meal and or occasion. You can dress it up and make it a meal unto itself with the addition of grilled fish, chicken, or steak, or turn it into a lovely summer dish with sliced berries, almonds and chicken right off the grill. However you choose to use it, it’s versatile enough to be served all year round and the homemade dressing recipe can be easily doubled (or tripled) to serve a crowd.  More of the Backstory after the recipe

Tossed Greens with Herb Vinaigrette - Healthy Option

Fresh garden greens and a zesty herb dressing combine to make the quintessential green salad that's perfect all year 'round. Add sliced chicken, fish or steak to turn this salad into a full meal or enjoy it as a first course.
Course Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings


For the Dressing

  • 1/4 tsp. raw garlic, minced, plus a little more
  • 1/8 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil leaves, plus a pinch more
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano leaves, plus a pinch more
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar, plus a pinch more
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. water
  • 1/8 cup + 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup +1 tbs. fat-free mayonnaise


  • 3/4 lb. (1/2 gallon) Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 lb. (1 quart) Red Leaf lettuce, chopped


  1. Blend ingredients for dressing in food processor until smooth. Hold refrigerated at 40 degrees F or below until ready for use.
  2. Toss greens together. Refrigerate at 40 degrees F until ready to use.
  3. Toss in dressing just prior to serving.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  25
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 1g
Carbohydrates: 5g
Sodium: 160mg
Fiber: 1g

…The Backstory continues: You can find more tasty recipes in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Poached Pears in Fruit Juice to Broiled Halibut (or Salmon) with Garlic and Tarragon — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!

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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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