Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad

I spend quite a lot of time on this blog.  I plan out the recipes I want to share, what ingredients I want to use, how I want to write about them, how I want the finished product to look in the photos, etc.

Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I take the time to think about what might be good to share with you all — what would be interesting and enticing.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I have lists — lots of lists.  Some lists have different recipes I’ve tried over the years and on which I want to make changes to improve before sharing them.  Some lists are ideas I’ve never tried, but would like to some day.  And some lists are recipes I know I want to share but I need to get around to making them and actually taking pictures.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

And then there are the recipes I make — without even really thinking about them — on a regular basis at home for my family.  Recipes without written recipes. Like this Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This is my go-to salad.  In fact, it’s so much my go-to salad, I neglected to realize I can even share it with you all because of how “normal” it is in our home.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Now, “normal” in this sense by no meals ordinary.  This is an awesome salad.  It makes a great side salad or even a main course if you want to add some protein like grilled chicken or steak to it.  By “normal,” I simply mean it’s my dependable, easy and, well, go-to choice. Um, isn’t that what this blog is all about?

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Having said all that, I’d like to share with you this lovely salad recipe with a very basic, but tasty, balsamic vinaigrette.  This is the salad and salad dressing I use in a pinch that never seems to fail me.  It’s a comfort thing…it’s always there and it’s always good.  My kinda recipe.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

And, now, it’s yours to use as well.

Watch me make the super tasty and easy balsamic vinaigrette for this salad:

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
This simple side salad is a great addition to any meal and is super delicious.
Categories: Salad
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: balsamic vinaigrette salad, balsamic vinaigrette salad recipe, salad with balsamic vinaigrette
Servings: 2
Calories: 349 kcal
Author: A Sweet Pea Chef
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup good quality olive oil
  • 2 cups mixed baby greens or spring mix
  • 1 tomato cut into eights
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 red onion very thinly sliced
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • handful croutons
  • optional: sliced grapes sliced mushrooms, sliced avocado, sliced green onions
Instructions
  1. For the dressing, pour balsamic vinegar in a small mixing bowl and black pepper. Stir to combine. While whisking the mixture, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Mix very well. Set aside.
  2. Add the mixed baby greens, tomato, feta, red onion and half of the croutons, to a medium-to-large mixing bowl. Add 2-3 tbsp. Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing to the salad and toss. Add remaining croutons and any additional dressing to suit your preferences and toss again. The ingredients should all be lightly coated with the dressing but not drenched. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 281
% Daily Value*
Fat 31.2g48%
Saturated Fat 6.6g33%
Cholesterol 16.7mg6%
Sodium 196.1mg8%
Carbohydrates 13.1g4%
Fiber 1.5g6%
Sugar 9.7g11%
Protein 4.1g8%
Vitamin A 1000IU20%
Vitamin C 17.3mg21%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

9 thoughts on “Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad

  1. Definately trying this ASAP. I love Balsamic Vinaigrette so much. It is absolutely my go-to salad as well. I’m craving this salad along with your Chicken Caeser. Both of these are the only salads I can get my husband to eat. These will be perfect for healthier dinners at our house!

    Thanks so much!

  2. I have just read…or at least skimmed you entire blog.
    My homework is no closer to being done,
    and I think I was reading it at a strange angle, because my eyes feel weird now…
    So worth it! Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes!
    Especially the Watermelon Sorbet!
    Can’t wait to read more!

  3. Is it wrong to want this for breakfast? I’m reading this at 8:12am, and I would totally sit down and eat a big bowl of it right now. I love simple, flavor-packed salads, and this one is a keeper. Thanks for sharing it, Lacey.

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