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Summer Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

Summer Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

This refreshing recipe goes well with grilled fish or chicken. We enjoy the lemony dressing at room temperature, so I make it first and let it rest on the counter while I toss the salad together. —Julie Kirkpatrick, Billlings, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 packages (5-1/2 ounces each) torn mixed salad greens
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. In a small bowl, whisk the first eight ingredients. Refrigerate until serving.
  • 2. In a salad bowl, combine the salad greens, onion, mushrooms, raspberries and walnuts. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 16 servings (1 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 96 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Reviews for Summer Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"This is my favorite lemon vinaigrette. The lemon peel did make a huge difference. I added sliced apple and kiwi to the salad. Colorful and delicious! Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"Not sure if I missed something critical in the vinaigrette recipe, but #1 it seemed like 1 tsp. of salt was excessive for barely over 1/2 cup of liquid. And the 1/4 cup of lemon juice was extremely tart--there was no sweetness to balance it, and it seemed as though there should have been some water added to balance out the acidity. Tell us that the water was a forgotten element here."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2013

"The salad and dressing were wonderful. Paired with grilled chicken. Next time I will add some Feta cheese and capers for a little more salty flavor."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2013

"Too lemony to my taste"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2010

"The dressing is my absolute favorite. I haven't had the luxury of adding raspberries to my salad yet, but I'm sure it's delightful as well - the vinaigrette dressing is excellent on any type of salad, really. I've been sharing it with my friends and family and they all want the recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"This was a very refreshing salad dressing. I also threw in a few fresh sliced radishes and snow peas from my garden along with the ingredients you mentioned. Yummy!"

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