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Bowl of summer salad tossed in creamy avocado dressing with spoon
4.8 from 5 votes

Summer Chopped Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

Garden-fresh summer salad tossed in a deliciously creamy herb dressing! Plus super easy to customize with your own favorite veggie combos.
Author: Kaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time25 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings: 4 medium bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 large head romaine (or other mixed greens of choice)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 orange bell pepper (or carrot)
  • 6 oz. grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup red onion (or green onion for milder flavor)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked sweet corn
  • Optional additions: garbanzo beans, sugar snap peas, sprouts, purple cabbage, sunflower seeds, etc.

For the Creamy Garden Herb Dressing:

  • 1 small avocado (or 1/2 large)
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley (thick stems removed)
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil (stems removed)
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (about 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. agave (or other sweetener)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt (more to taste)
  • 3 Tbsp. water to thin (more as needed to desired consistency)

Instructions

MAKE THE DRESSING:

  • Puree all dressing ingredients in a small food processor or blender until smooth (scraping down sides with spatula as needed.)
  • Add more water if needed, a little at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. (More salt, lemon juice, sweetener, etc.)

PREPARE THE SALAD:

  • Roughly chop romaine and place in a large bowl.
  • Dice cucumber and bell pepper. Halve/quarter tomatoes. Finely dice red onion. Add to bowl.
  • Add corn to bowl. Then pour desired amount of dressing over top and toss well to combine. (Alternatively, you can store salad and dressing in separate containers in the fridge until ready to serve.)

Notes

Can also serve about 6 as a small side dish.
This salad is incredibly versatile - have fun trying out your own favorite veggie combinations. (We love adding garbanzos and clover sprouts.)
Try it with grilled or fire-roasted corn for added flavor!

NUTRITION PER SERVING (ESTIMATE)

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 715mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2701IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg