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Summer Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This refreshing recipe goes well with grilled fish or chicken. We enjoy the lemon vinaigrette 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.
  • Makes
    16 servings (1 cup each)


  • 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 zest
  • 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


  • In a small bowl, whisk the first eight ingredients. Refrigerate until serving.
  • In a salad bowl, combine the salad greens, onion, mushrooms, raspberries and walnuts. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 96 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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  • yuehching
    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.

  • IndyAnnaK
    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.

  • shr935
    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.

  • drigotechbras
    Jun 22, 2013

    Too lemony to my taste

  • AndreaNoel
    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!

  • bubba73
    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!