Mixed salad is a versatile dish that can be customized to include a variety of ingredients. At its most basic, a mixed salad typically consists of a variety of fresh salad greens, such as lettuce, spinach, or arugula, along with a selection of other vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and proteins.
To make a mixed salad, you might start by assembling a base of fresh salad greens, such as a combination of mixed baby greens or a bed of crunchy romaine lettuce. You can then add a variety of vegetables, such as sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, grated carrots, or sliced red onions. Other popular ingredients to add to a mixed salad include avocado, nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans), and seeds (such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds).
For protein, you might add sliced grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, or even crumbled feta or goat cheese. Dressings can vary depending on taste, but a simple vinaigrette or a creamy dressing like ranch or blue cheese can be added.
The beauty of a mixed salad is that it can be customized to suit individual preferences and dietary restrictions. Vegetarians might include additional proteins like beans or tofu, while those on a gluten-free diet might skip the croutons. Mixed salads are also a great way to use up leftover vegetables or proteins, making it a practical and healthy meal option.