Tossed Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette – Healthy Option

Our tossed salad with red wine vinaigrette is the only salad and dressing recipe you need in your repertoire to pull off a a delicious first course, fast.

The Backstory: This is one of my go-to salads and salad dressings. It’s light, refreshing, and makes use of ingredients I always have on hand in my refrigerator and pantry. Best of all, I can make the dressing ahead and store it in the fridge until I’m ready to use it and leftovers will keep for a few days (chilled in the fridge). This dressing is also a perfect way to control sugar and salt intake and not skimp on taste. Once you make your own dressings and see how it easy it is, you’ll probably find yourself doing so more frequently.  More of the Backstory after the recipe

Tossed Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette - Healthy Option

This refreshing and zesty salad is a perfect first course for any occasion. Add grilled chicken to make it a meal and top it off with the delicious homemade dressing that takes only minutes to prepare.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings


For the Salad

  • 3/4 lb. Romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups Red leaf lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced raw cucumbers (unpeeled)
  • 3/4 cup cherry or chopped tomatoes

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Fat-free Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tbsp. fat-free mayonnaise
  • 3/4 tsp. raw minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes


  1. Toss all ingredients for the salad together.
  2. In separate bowl, blend all ingredients for dressing in food processor until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use,
  3. Toss in dressing just prior to serving.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories: 40
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 1g
Carbohydrates: 8g
Sodium: 150mg
Fiber: 3g

…The Backstory continues: You can find other 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 Moroccan Fig, Pine Nut, and Black Bean Couscous to Baked Apples — 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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