10-minute Spring Mix Salad Recipe is vibrant, crisp, and goes with anything! Drizzled with a sweet-tangy balsamic vinaigrette for the easiest side dish.

Simple green salad recipes like lettuce salad, strawberry spinach salad and simple spinach salad are always on our weekly rotation.

Simple salad with spring mix, cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

This is the best simple spring mix salad ever! This is the salad recipe you make when you are short on time and you need a salad that goes with anything!

You know that affordable box of spring mix lettuce you can buy at any grocery store? I use it often to make my smoked salmon salad for a quick lunch and this spring mix salad recipe as an easy side dish on repeat!

It goes with anything from pasta dishes, to a high-protein meal with sliced grilled chicken breast, or pan fried shrimp on top.

Ingredients for Spring Mix Salad

Spring mix salad recipe is made with a short list of fresh ingredients and a delicious homemade healthy salad dressing.

Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Balsamic vinaigrette, parmesan cheese, spring mix, cherry tomatoes.

For the Spring Mix Salad:

  • Spring mix: I always grab a box of spring mix lettuce from the grocery store. You can use any combination of greens you have for a nutritious spring blend.
  • Tomatoes: Halved cherry tomatoes are sweet and add a pop of color to this spring salad mix. Grape tomatoes also work great.
  • Parmesan cheese: My favorite is aged Parmesan in a hunk that I grate myself. It’s the best quality, most flavorful, and you can freeze leftovers. I do not recommend pre-shredded soft parmesan cheese or from a shaker as it lacks flavor in a fresh dish like this spring mix salad recipe.

How to Make Spring Mix Salad

Here’s a quick photo overview to show you how to make this spring mix salad. This veggie-packed salad is the easiest recipe you’ll ever make!

Person showing step by step how to make balsamic salad dressing and spring mix salad with it.
  • Combine dressing ingredients: In a small bowl add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, grated garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk until smooth then set aside.
  • Assemble the salad: Add spring mix salad greens, half the salad dressing, and half Parmesan cheese to a large salad bowl. Gently toss until the dressing is evenly distributed.
  • Garnish: Top with halved tomatoes, more Parmesan cheese, and drizzle with more dressing to taste. You can keep any leftover vinaigrette in the fridge.
  • Serve: Right away alongside any main dish or topped with your favorite protein.

Tips for Best Results

Whether you’re a beginner or the main chef in your household, here are some easy tips for making the perfect spring mix salad recipe.

  • Toss right before serving: For a fresh salad that isn’t soggy.
  • Make the dressing ahead of time: Prepare the balsamic vinaigrette hours or days ahead of time. Most healthy salad dressings can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks making this quick salad even easier.
  • Buy pre-washed spring mix: A delicious collection of greens that’s convenient, ready to eat, and affordable.
  • Add heavy toppings last: Like veggies, nuts, or croutons so they don’t sink to the bottom of the bowl. You want to taste every ingredient in every bite.
  • Adjust ingredients to taste: Mix things up with different salad greens, dressing, and toppings. Keep scrolling for ideas.
Simple spring mix salad served in a bowl with a bowl of balsamic  and a bun on a side.


This healthy spring mix salad is incredibly versatile. Build it up, use ingredients you have on hand, add color, texture, have fun!

  • Crunchy vegetables: Garden veggies add crunch and color! Sliced radishes, cucumbers, bell pepper, celery, red onion, carrots, peas, or asparagus.
  • Sweet fruit: Add juicy nutrients with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, oranges, or apples.
  • Play with greens: Add or substitute spring mix salad greens with baby spinach, chopped iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce or arugula.
  • Add croutons: My kids love these sourdough croutons on every salad.
  • Nuts: May be the most nutritious salad topping. Almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds are some my favorites. I like to toast and salt them first.
  • Cheese: Try crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese.
  • Try seasoning the spring mix greens with our favorite all purpose seasoning for even more great flavor! Or use spinach salad dressing or raspberry vinaigrette for a change to a balsamic salad dressing.

What to Serve Simple Spring Mix Salad with?

Spring mix salad is one of my all time favorite house salad recipes perfect for busy weeknights, special occasions, or a light and easy lunch.

It sits beautifully next to any chicken, beef, lamb, steak, or seafood recipe any time of year. Here are some of our favorites:

How to Make Ahead and Store It

Make ahead: To prep ahead, make the dressing up to 2 weeks in advance and refrigerate in a resealable jar. You can also halve the tomatoes and refrigerate in airtight container for 2 days. And the grated cheese can be refrigerated for 2 weeks.

Store: Refrigerate salad dressing, spring mix, tomatoes, and cheese in separate containers until ready to assemble. Spring mix salad recipe is best served immediately as it wilts quickly.


What does spring mix consist of?

All brands vary with different combinations of baby greens. Most common are baby lettuce, spinach, red and green romaine, arugula, chard, endive, and radicchio.

Do you have to wash store-bought spring mix in a box?

No. Store-bought spring mixes are ready to eat. Pre-washed salad has less bacteria, if any, than your own kitchen sink and washing again can introduce new bacteria from your kitchen.

Does spring mix salad recipe get soggy?

Once you’ve added the dressing, the salad will start to wilt and get soggy in about an hour. Toss your salad right before serving for best results.

Is spring mix salad healthy?

Yes! It is highly nutritious, low-calorie, and provides a high amount of vitamins and fiber.

More Simple Salad Recipes to Try

Spring mix salad with cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese on white plate.
Spring mix salad with cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese on white plate.

Spring Mix Salad Recipe

10-minute Spring Mix Salad Recipe is vibrant, crisp, and goes with anything! Drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette for the easiest side dish.
5 from 2 votes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 123
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


For the Balsamic Dressing:

For the Salad:


  • In a small bowl, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, grated garlic, salt, pepper and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add spring mix, add half of the salad dressing and half of Parmesan cheese, then gently toss.
  • Spread tomatoes on top and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. You may drizzle with more salad dressing or refrigerate leftovers for another time.
  • Serve immediately or within an hour.


  • Make ahead: You can make the dressing for up to 2 weeks in advance and refrigerate. Also cut up tomatoes and grated cheese can be refrigerated in separate containers for 2 days and 2 weeks respectively.
  • Assemble salad right before serving. It is best to enjoy immediately as spring mix wilts quickly.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 325mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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