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The Simplest Green Salad

The Simplest Green Salad

This recipe for the most basic of all salads begins with the Italian tradition of putting salt directly on the greens, before the olive oil or anything else. You'll be surprised at how much flavor just 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt can impart when tossed with greens in this way.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2000

  • Yield: 5 servings (serving size: 2 cups)


  • 10 cup mixed salad greens
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Place greens in a large bowl; sprinkle with salt, tossing gently. Add remaining ingredients, tossing to coat. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 58
  • Calories from fat: 73%
  • Fat: 4.7g
  • Saturated fat: 0.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 1.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 2.9g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1.3mg
  • Sodium: 65mg
  • Calcium: 41mg

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