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The Best-Ever Looneyspoons Garden Salad Recipe


A Beyond Be-Leaf Garden Salad, A Looneyspoons Recipe

Garden salad recipes abound. This one is my favorite and comes from one of my all-time favorite cookbooks -- Looneyspoons, a low-fat Canadian cookbook by Janet and Greta Podleski.

This garden salad recipe is special because it mixes many fresh vegetables including a variety of lettuce, radicchio, sprouts, carrot, onion and more together with a tangy vinaigrette dressing and seasoned croutons. It creates a "mouthwatering, colorful salad" that is not packed full of fat like so many salad dressings are. It is a perfect choice for potluck dinners or for enjoing at home.

On this page you will find the recipe for the garden salad, the recipe for the low-fat vinaigrette dressing and the recipe for low-fat homemade croutons. It's a delicious combination; I hope you enjoy it!

Click here to buy the Looneyspoons cookbook, which includes this garden salad recipe, from Amazon.

The Best-Ever Garden Salad Recipe

Also known as the Beyond Be-Leaf Garden Salad From The Looneyspoons Cookbook by Janet and Greta Podleski


5 cups shredded or torn lettuce -- your choice, romaine, green leaf or mixed

1 cup chopped radicchio

1 cup alfalfa sprouts

1 cup grated carrot

1 small red onion sliced thinly into rings

8 cherry tomatoes cut into halves

24 thin slices of English cucumber (no need to peel it)

1 cup of Seasoned Croutons (recipe follows)

Tangy Vinaigrette Dressing (recipe follows)

If you have your ingredients assembled as discussed in the ingredient list, you have already done most of the work. The Looneyspoons cookbook recommends dividing the ingredients evenly onto four serving plates, drizzling the salad dressing over the salads and serving immediately.

Since I usually make this salad for potluck affairs, I usually prepare the ingredients and mix the lettuce, radicchio, sprouts, carrots and ontions together in my serving bowl. Then I put the cherry tomatoes and the cucumber slices in a second small container and the croutons in a third. When it is time to eat the salad, I throw everything into the bowl, add the dressing and mix.

This salad really is delicious. The recipe always wins rave reviews.

Serves 4.

Green Salad Nutrition Analysis

What's In It For Me?

Per Serving:

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114 Calories

3.7 grams of fat

17.7 grams of carbohydrate

3.4 grams of protein

142 mgs of sodium

0 mg cholesterol

28.5 percent calories from fat

Oxo Good Grips Salad Spinner

Oxo Good Grips Salad Spinner

Seasoned Croutons Recipe


1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese

3 cups cubed fresh bread

Olive-oil flavored cooking spray

Mix the dry ingredients well and then put them into a large plastic freezer bag. Spray the bread cubes lightly with the cooking spray, put the cubes into the bag and shake. Put the bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake until croutons are crisp and golden or about 10 to 15 minutes. Different breads, of course, will take different times.

Store them in a container for up to 1 week...or eat them right away!

Makes 3 cups.

Looneyspoons: Low-fat Food Made Fun

Janet and Greta Podleski.

This cookbook contains over 150 outrageously delicious low-fat recipes including this tossed salad recipe.

Yes, this is it, one of my top five cookbooks! (Although this one has a different cover than mine.) I love the recipes and I love the humour. If you are looking for a selection of low-fat recipes presented in an easy-to-understand and entertaining manner, this book is for you. I am not sure if it is out-of-print or not. It seems like it may be. However, it is still available at through their private sellers.

Definitely a great cookbook!

More Tossed Green Salad Recipes

The Tangy Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe


3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons of apple juice

2 teaspoons of olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon of oregano (dried)

1/8 teaspoon of black pepper

Mix them all together in a bowl or salad dressing shaker and serve at room temperature.

Make Washing Your Lettuce Fun With The OXO Salad Spinner

One of my favorite kitchen tools & a great way to convince your children to wash the lettuce!

This is Amazon's bestselling salad spinner, the OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner. Looks pretty simple and it is but it is also fantastic.

How do I know? Well, a quick look at all of the five-star Amazon Customer Reviews is impressive. Plus, there is the fact that it is Amazon's bestselling salad spinner which is definitely an important indicator. Finally, there is the fact that I can vouch for this spinner!

Several years ago I got tired of my old salad spinner which consistently did NOT work well so I went shopping looking for a sturdy, simple salad spinner. The OXO is the one that I brought home. Believe me I wasn't disappointed and, if you are interested, you can read more about this salad spinner at The Best Salad Spinner.

In really is a simple, sturdy salad spinner at a reasonable price. The handle is cushioned, the bottom won't slip, it spins well and it is dishwasher safe. What more could you ask?

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© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

Do you enjoy a great green or tossed salad? What do you think makes a great salad?

KayeSI on August 27, 2012:

Great sounding salad and great lens! I make a similar one but I use almonds instead of croutons. Very tasty both ways! Have a lovely day!

Dickstucki1 on May 28, 2012:

Thanks for this! Great lens.

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on May 22, 2012:

You have everything here - even your favorite salad spinner. I can't live without mine, but it doesn't look as good as the OXO one. I will keep that in mind for when this one breaks and I need a new one. Thanks! Blessed!

flycatcherrr on December 12, 2011:

Freshness of the ingredients is absolutely key!

poutine on November 12, 2011:

Sounds very healthy.

PattiHale on September 15, 2011:

Thanks for this! Great lens.

anonymous on September 01, 2011:

I've never heard on Looneyspoons but I know I would love their very best salad, my tongue was all tingly as I read the tangy dressing directions....and fresh croutons, oh my!

RecipePublishing on July 22, 2011:

These looked good!

anonymous on July 06, 2011:

Love this garden salad recipe, usually I am too lazy to prepare a salad recipe but I think that it is worth spending time in a green salad.

julietarot lm on July 01, 2011:

Lettuce fresh from the garden.

pimbels lm on June 24, 2011:

The tangy dressing I definitely will try. Green salad is our favorite. Thank you.

BGLJane on June 01, 2011:

This salad looks delicious!! Time to go shopping.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on April 24, 2011:

Okay now my tummy is rumbling and I'm craving something crispy and moist...good thing salads don't have a lot of calories and I have broccoli in the fridge :)

funcook on March 13, 2011:

Yummy and healthy. I love that cookbook, too. It was one of the first I'd ever owned.

Michey LM on March 05, 2011:

Hi! I am looking for salad recipes, so this one is good to try. Thanks for a healthy lens. I lensroll itRegards

anonymous on March 01, 2011:

I love a good salad! I will have to give this one a try. Fresh, crisp veggies and a great light dressing make a good salad. The simpler the better!

greenkat lm on February 26, 2011:

Always need new ideas for salads! Thanks!

CHalloran LM on February 02, 2011:

114 calories per serving, you can't beat that. Thanks for the garden salad recipe!

KokoTravel on January 09, 2011:

Love salads... of all kinds. But mostly during the spring, summer and fall... winter makes me want soup.

GreenTeaTime on December 31, 2010:

I love salads I'll try these recipes soon!

TWOnline2 on December 08, 2010:

good job

River88 on December 04, 2010:

I love salad. Fruit salad, chicken salad, egg salad, but garden salad is at the top of my list! My favorite dressing is a light sesame seed dressing. I'll be looking into some of your other lenses as well. God bless and Happy Holidays!

Elizabeth Sheppard from Bowling Green, Kentucky on October 03, 2010:

I do like a great green or tossed salad. I think freshness of ingredients makes for the very best salads of all. I liked your lens. My favorite part was the recipe for croutons.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on August 02, 2010:

I love craisens and walnuts (or almonds) in my salad! Thanks for your visit, lensrolled you back. :)

Ruth Coffee from Zionsville, Indiana on February 02, 2010:

Sounds great! The croutons, dressing, and all.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on January 14, 2010:

I think a great salad has a variety of taste sensations. I also like to add fruit and nuts to my salads...perhaps some dried cranberries or a few sliced almonds. Nice lens! 5*

KimGiancaterino on October 25, 2009:

In addition to tempting me with a delicious new salad recipe, you've mentioned two of my favorite kitchen tools. I use my Tupperware Quick Shake Container all the time, usually to make hummingbird nectar. I also love my salad spinner! Artfully designed lens. Squid Angel Blessed.

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 14, 2009:

Thanks for adding this to my Thanksgiving side dish lens. What I really should do is make this salad and eat THIS as my main dish AND dessert. Maybe then I wouldn't gain any weight that day.

perfumelover lm on October 09, 2009:

Sounds delicious! I always forget about how tasty alfalfa sprouts are. Thanks for reminding me. ;)

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on September 27, 2009:

Tasty Salad Lens! Fresh Croutons...yummy! Thanks for the recipes. Lensrolling to Green Veggies! :)

clouda9 lm on September 17, 2009:

Nothing better then a fresh salad - your ingredients are amazing. Thanks for adding to my Let's Visit the Woodland Farmer's Market recipe plexo :)

julieannbrady on July 28, 2009:

Oh -- I just tweeted about OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner and come to find out that Bonnie bdkz seems to like that too -- must be because we are both Clevelanders -- you think?

anonymous on July 28, 2009:

Am really pleased to have this great wheat free lens featured on MY wheat free lens! I am so pleased that I have lensrolled it and Blessed it!

mommyplus3kids on July 27, 2009:

Outstanding! My sister is a vegetarian and when I told her about this lens she just had to check it out. I love salads and usually include them in every meal. Please visit my lens What You Need To Know About Hydroponics and tell me what you think about the organic recipes I added.

tandemonimom lm on July 24, 2009:

I was never much of a salad fan but I find myself enjoying them more and more lately - much to my surprise. This one sounds great!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on July 24, 2009:

Yummy. There is nothing better than a great salad and this one sounds delicious.

capriliz lm on July 10, 2009:

Your salad look delicious!

bdkz on July 08, 2009:

I LOVE OXO Good Grips!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on July 08, 2009:

Salads are wonderful this time of year. Nice work!

Robin S from USA on July 07, 2009:


Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on July 07, 2009:

We love green salads at our house. Your combination of recipes sounds fabulous. I will be trying the dressing for sure! Beautiful lens!

anonymous on July 07, 2009:

I like my salads with mixed lettuce the best and a great basalmic vinaigrette. Great lens Brenda!

tandemonimom lm on July 07, 2009:

I am learning to like salad more and more. This recipe looks great!

Holley Web on July 07, 2009:

The recipe sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try this. I'm glad you mentioned the Fiesta dishes. I have a set of the originals and am looking for a few pieces to replace the chipped ones. Gorgeous lens!

seashell2 on July 07, 2009:

I love adding crunchy textures like walnuts, or almonds to my salad! Thanks for sharing, nice work!

Joan4 on July 07, 2009:

Yummy! In the summertime we especially enjoy lettuce, tomato, onion and sometimes I add even some bits of angel pasta and/or boiled shrimp. The salad recipe looks great and the OXO is very interesting. I have been researching salad spinners since I put mine in a yard sale years ago!

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