Minted Greens Dressed in a Walnut-Dijon Vinaigrette

bri saladMy friends started calling this the Bri Salad because I make it ALL the time — every night, every dinner party, everything. I can’t help it. It’s just so good! And soooo easy.

This salad even got a friend of mine — who literally never ate a green salad before we met — wanting one every night. Okay, except for the avocado and tomatoes – but we’ll get him there!

Minted Green Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette
Recipe Type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Author: Briana Ryan
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Walnut Vinaigrette
  • 4 T Roasted Walnut Oil
  • 2 T Lemon Juice or 1T Sherry Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon or Stoneground Mustard
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Bri Salad
  • 3 – 4 handfuls of greens… [i]I like to use mixed baby greens, arugula, radicchio and romaine. You can also throw in some baby kale, spinach, mustard greens, mizuna or endive. Whatever is in season and looks great will work.[/i]
  • 3 – 4 sprigs of mint (remove the leaves and slice thinly)
  • 1 sprig dill (pull leaves off stem and chop)
  • 1 small carrot peeled, then peeled directly into salad
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pit removed and sliced
  • Handful of Sungold or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 a Persian cucumber (peel if it’s not organic), cut in half lengthwise then thinly slice into half moons
  • ¼ – 1/2 sweet pepper (red, orange and/or yellow) sliced thinly lengthwise & then in half
  • A few pieces of thinly sliced red onion (optional)
  • [b]Optional:[/b] A quick pickle on the onion will cut the ‘bite’ and make it sweeter. Put the onion slices in a bowl and squeeze lemon over them to cover. Sprinkle on some sea salt. Let sit for about 10 minutes while making the rest of the salad. I sometimes do this with spicy radish too.
  • ¼ cup garbanzo beans – or any beans you like.[br][i]Beans add healthy protein & add great flavor and texture to the salad.[/i]
  • A sprinkle of toasted, sliced almonds or sunflower seeds. Walnuts are good too.
  • [b]Optional[/b]: A sprinkle of hemp seeds[br][i]The hemp seeds add a nice nutty flavor and crunch, and also offer added protein along with some healthy, unsaturated fat to protect your organs and help you to feel full.[/i]
  • [b]Optional[/b]: Black and/or green olives or crumbled pastured goat’s milk feta to taste – leave out to keep vegan.
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl, add dressing to taste, mix again & serve.
Notes
This salad makes a good sized plate for two people. You can adjust the amounts for more people and swap out any ingredients for whatever you like better. Have fun & make it your own!


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