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Hi and welcome to another Cooking with Jenn post from The Old Summers home. Summer is here and salads are a great side dish especially with readily available ingredients at your fingertips. This year I’m hoping to grow many of these ingredients in my new Raised Garden Bed so that I can have a fresh homegrown salad. This simple tossed garden salad recipe tastes delicious and you can top it with your favourite salad dressing which consequently makes it a fast and healthy option!

Here at The Old Summers Home salads are a hit with our entire family, therefore, we make a lot of them and like to change it up once in a while. We love Greek Salad, Caesar Salad, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad and a great tossed garden salad, as a result, we get a lot of salad variety!

We try to incorporate a lot of fruit and vegetables into our family diet and a salad is one of the most simple ways to do so. So if you are trying to think of ways to add some veggies then check out this quick recipe to get you started!

All it takes is 10 minutes and simple 10 steps so let’s get started!

Prep time :

10 minutes

Simple Tossed Garden Salad Supplies

  • cutting board
  • chef knife
  • paring knife
  • carrot peeler
  • large salad bowl
  • tongs

Simple Tossed Garden Salad Ingredients

  • head of living lettuce
  • large tomato
  • bell pepper
  • long English cucumber
  • celery stalk
  • carrot
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1/4 block of marble cheese

Wash Your Garden Salad Ingredients & Set Up!

Simple Tossed Salad recipe ingredients list. This salad makes a nice light meal or a perfect summer side dish!

Wash all your vegetables for the salad and shake off excess water. Make sure to wash your lettuce well between leaves because dirt tends to hide well. Set up your cutting area with all your supplies including a cutting board, chef knife and a paring knife as well as a bag for scraps and garbage. Things go faster when you are organized!

If you have a compost this would be a great time to save any discarded pieces for your garden. I’ve decided to start a mini compost for my raised garden bed rather than tossing all this potentially great fertilizer in the trash! Did you know that coffee grounds are great for the garden too? You can see more of that in our Garden Tour!

Every Garden Salad Needs Lettuce

Chop head of lettuce into bite-sized pieces then put in large salad bowl.

Chop lettuce into bite-sized pieces for your simple tossed salad.

We have been purchasing living lettuce a lot recently, living lettuce is sold with roots on it, as a result, helps to keep it fresh longer. I have been meaning to try to plant one and see what happens but keep forgetting to hahaha when I do give it a go I will be sure to let you know how it goes!

A Little Tomato Adds Great Colour And Flavour

Chop tomato into cubes then add to salad bowl.

Chop tomatoes into bite-sized pieces for your simple tossed salad.

Peppers Add Sweetness To A Tossed Salad

Chop bell peppers into bite-sized pieces then add to salad.

Chop peppers into bite-sized pieces for your  salad.

I usually like to use two or more colours of bell peppers because it makes it nice and bright. I love the sweet taste of yellow and orange peppers so I usually add those too.

Cucumbers Are Perfect In A Garden Salad

Quarter cucumber lengthwise and chop into small pieces then add to bowl.

Slice cucumbers into quarters and chop to bite sized pieces.

A Carrot Adds A Pop Of Colour To a Tossed Salad

Peel a carrot using a carrot peeler then once peeled continue using a carrot peeler to shave into the salad bowl thin pieces of carrot.

Use a carrot peeler to shred carrots into salad.

Celery Adds Freshness To A Tossed Salad

Slice a stalk of celery length wise and then chop to small pieces and add to salad bowl.

Finely chop up celery to add to tossed salad.

White Onion Adds Great Flavour

Dice up half of a white onion then add to salad bowl.

Chop onions finely fro salad.

This small of an amount of onion, in this size of a salad, will not be overwhelming for the littles in your life, therefore, you can choose to add more as well if you prefer. I honestly don’t find a garden salad to be a garden salad without onions anymore so we always make sure to add some!

Cheese It!

Cube up 1/4 block of marble cheese then add it to the salad bowl.

Cube cheese into bite size pieces. If making salad for next day you can choose to leave cheese out until ready to serve.

If you are making this salad the day before it will be served, you can choose to leave the cheese out to add in before serving.

Mix Your Tossed Garden Salad

Lastly, toss the salad well, mixing thoroughly. Then serve with your favourite salad dressing or cover and refrigerate for later use.

Toss and serve with your favourite salad dressing! Voila your simple tossed garden salad is complete!

This simple tossed garden salad is ready to enjoy in as little as 10 minutes hence making it a perfect healthy side dish to all your summer meals.

Thanks for joining us for another Cooking with Jenn Recipe!

If you are looking for more summer salad ideas check out our Greek Salad and if you want a nice cold dessert for this summer then check out our Ice Cream Sandwich cake.

Do you have a favourite quick and easy salad recipe? Do you make your own salad dressing? We would love to hear your quick go-to summer veggies so comment below. Thanks for joining us for another family favourite recipe! I hope this simple tossed garden salad recipe brings some freshness to your summertime meals and then maybe becomes a family staple for your meals too. Bon apétit!

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Until next time;

Jenn Summers

The Old Summers Home