Salad

Simple salad with yogurt dressing

13 October 2021 By Aleksandra

This is how I make my simple “everyday” salad. Lettuce and crunchy veggies are tossed with refreshing yogurt dressing and topped with crunchy seeds and salty feta cheese. You can easily modify it, depending on what you have in your fridge.

Three plates with salad with yogurt dressing.

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to make the recipe. Scroll down for a printable recipe card with measurements and detailed instructions.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this simple salad:

  • lettuce mix – you can use green leaf, red leaf, boston, romaine, iceberg (I like to use mixed greens)
  • veggies of your choice – I used cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, and cucumber – carrots, avocado, and red onions would also be nice
  • seeds of your choice – I used sunflower seeds and pepitas (pumpkin seeds), you could also use any crunchy nuts you like such as walnuts, pine nuts, or almonds
  • cheese – I like to add some cheese to my salads and my usual choice is feta cheese, you could also use crumbly goat cheese or shaved parmesan/pecorino cheese

and for the yogurt dressing:

  • yogurt – adds a nice tang to the dressing and makes it creamy, you can use plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • olive oil
  • some herbs – I used dried oregano and basil but use fresh herbs if you have them on hand
  • lemon juice – freshly squeezed, you could also add a small amount of red wine vinegar instead (don’t add to much, it’s more sour than lemon juice and yogurt also adds some acidity to the dressing)
  • honey – to balance the acidity, you could also add maple syrup
  • garlic – use fresh garlic for this dressing

What you could also add to this salad:

  • croutons
  • grilled or pan-fried chicken
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • microgreens or sprouts
Labeled ingredients for salad with yogurt dressing.

Step by step instructions

A collage of 4 photos showing preparation steps of salad with yogurt dressing.

STEP 1: Make the dressing: add all the ingredients into a jar, close the lid and shake vigorously until well-combined (you can also whisk the ingredients in a bowl).

STEP 2: Tear the lettuce into smaller pieces. Spin the lettuce dry in a salad spinner (optional, but recommended).

STEP 3: Toast pepitas and sunflower seeds in a dry pan, until lightly browned and fragrant. Be careful not to burn them – when they smell nutty and are lightly browned remove them immediately from the pan.

STEP 4: Wash all the vegetables and dry them. Cut the cucumber into slices, bell pepper into strips, tomatoes in half.

STEP 5: Toss the lettuce with chopped vegetables, toasted seeds, and yogurt dressing until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

Storage

You can keep the dressing in the fridge for up to 3 days. Shake it vigorously before using.

Yogurt dressing is being poured over lettuce and veggies on a green plate.

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Simple salad with yogurt dressing

This is how I make my simple "everyday" salad. Lettuce and crunchy veggies are tossed with refreshing yogurt dressing and topped with crunchy seeds and salty feta cheese. You can easily modify it, depending on what you have in your fridge.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 100kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

for the salad:

  • 2 handfuls lettuce mix
  • 1/4 English cucumber
  • 1/3 yellow bell pepper
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 oz feta cheese 30g

for the yogurt dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Tear the lettuce into smaller pieces. Spin the lettuce dry in a salad spinner (optional, but recommended).
  • Wash all the vegetables and dry them. Cut the cucumber into slices, bell pepper into strips, tomatoes in half.
  • Toast pepitas and sunflower seeds in a dry pan, until lightly browned and fragrant. Be careful not to burn them – when they smell nutty and are lightly browned remove them immediately from the pan.
  • Make the dressing: add all the ingredients into a jar, close the lid and shake vigorously until well-combined (you can also whisk the ingredients in a bowl).
  • Toss the lettuce with chopped vegetables, toasted seeds, and yogurt dressing until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Serves 2 as lunch or 4 as a side dish.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course Salad
Cuisine international
Keyword salad with yogurt dressing, simple salad recipe, vegetable salad with yogurt dressing

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