Garden Salad with Herb Dressing
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Garden Salad is a combination of cucumber, tomatoes, radishes, parsley, romaine lettuce, and sunflower seeds.
It’s topped with a savory dried thyme dressing. For protein, I added a hard-boiled egg. So easy and delicious!
Salads are something I’ve always struggled with. I don’t naturally say to myself… “hmmm, I’m craving a salad”… ever. For me, salads need to be simple – with no complicated ingredients necessary.
And I want them to be easy to make! I made this salad at lunchtime – it’s enough to serve 4 people, so I wrapped the rest in the fridge for dinner, which we had it alongside roasted chicken.
So if you’re anything like me where salads just don’t come naturally to you, I get it! Give this one a try and see what you think. I promise it’s really easy.
Garden Salad with Herb Dressing Ingredients
This salad contains ingredients that feel like they’re fresh from the garden. And although I don’t have a vegetable garden myself (*sigh*, someday) I can still pretend that these ingredients are all freshly picked, right!?
This is a great salad to bring on a picnic or for a potluck. Just save the dressing in a mason jar and pour over the salad right before you serve.
Here’s what’s included in the garden salad:
- Romaine lettuce
- Cherry tomatoes
- Mini cucumbers
- Sunflower seeds
This ingredient list is also easily customizable. So if you want to add carrots instead of radishes, go for it. There are no rules here. You can use whatever you’d like.
What Dressing Goes On The Garden Salad?
I created a simple salad dressing recipe that is light in flavor and minimal sugar. The main flavor ingredient is dried thyme, but you can also use fresh thyme which will smell even more amazing.
Homemade salad dressings are always my go-to choice. I don’t buy salad dressings from the store anymore… why? because they’re expensive for what you’re getting, the ingredients aren’t nearly as good of quality as if you were to make it at home, and store-bought dressings are loaded with sugar!
So save yourself some money and learn to make your own salad dressings from scratch.
It’s super easy – you can grab my six healthy homemade salad dressing recipes to get even more flavor ideas.
How To Make This Easy Garden Salad with Herb Dressing
With a little bit of washing and chopping, you’ll have yourself a salad in less than 10 minutes. The only thing that needs cooking is the hard-boiled eggs (which are optional). The rest is easy!
Here’s how you make it:
- BOIL THE EGGS – Adding hard-boiled eggs is optional. If you do add them, this part should be done first. Once they’re cooked, set them aside. I usually boil a bunch of eggs at once and store the rest in the fridge for future meals.
- MAKE THE SALAD DRESSING – Make your dressing in a small mason jar or bowl. Add the olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, dried thyme, and minced garlic. Seal with a lid and shake it up to mix.
- CHOP VEGGIES – Wash and chop all of the vegetables including romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, mini cucumbers, radishes, and parsley. Add the veggies to a bowl along with sunflower seeds and toss them together.
- ASSEMBLE – Drizzle on your dressing and top with a sliced hard-boiled egg. And there you have it, one of the easiest salad recipes ever!
More Salad Recipes To Try:
- Asparagus Tomato Feta Salad – a quick 10 minute side dish that’s easy and delicious.
- Kale Caesar Salad – one of my favorite ways to eat caesar salad at home.
- Honey Dijon Quinoa Salad – high in protein from the quinoa and chickpeas and full of flavor from the honey dijon dressing.
- Cobb Salad – learn how to make a cobb salad and home. It’s totally worth it as this salad is soo good!
Garden Salad with Herb Dressing
- 1 head of romaine lettuce - washed and chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes - halved
- 2 mini cucumbers - chopped
- 3 radishes - sliced thin
- 1 cup fresh parsley
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 2 hard boiled eggs - optional
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 lemon - juiced
- ½ Tbsp maple syrup
- ½ Tbsp dried thyme
- 1 garlic clove - minced
- salt and pepper - to taste
- Wash and chop romaine lettuce and add to a large bowl. Add in halved cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber, radishes, parsley, and sunflower seeds. Toss everything together, set aside.
- In a mason jar, combine olive oil, fresh juice from lemon, maple syrup, dried thyme, minced garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Give it a good shake to mix it all together.
- Drizzle dressing over top of the salad and mix everything together. Scoop on to serving plates and top with sliced hard-boiled egg (optional). Serve and enjoy!