salmon and mixed greens salad

Do you ever wonder what makes a great salad?  

After having years of trying hundreds of various recipes, I’ve got some serious demands for what to include to make a salad a GREAT SALAD!

Here are my 7 tips for preparing a great salad:

1.  Use a variety of fresh lettuce, with different shapes and colors.

2.  Include a protein such as fish, chicken, chopped hard-boiled eggs, chopped thick, smoked bacon or prosciutto (tofu if you prefer meatless salads).

3.  Add another vegetable or two — avocado chunks, red peppers, red onions, cucumbers, etc.

4.  Add in nuts — we love both slivered almonds and praline sugared pecans.

5.  Include fruit — dried cranberries or fresh strawberries and cherries are superb!

6.  Garnish with cheese — shaved manchego, Parmigiano or clumps of gorgonzola/blue cheese or goat cheese.

7.  Drizzle on a wonderful vinaigrette (homemade is best).

These are just the foundation of a superb mixed salad, and if you go by this list of ingredients, you can make adjustments for your own taste preferences.

So with those 7 tips for a great salad, this fabulous Grilled Salmon with Mixed Green Salad was created for tonight’s dinner.

Just delicious!

Healthy too!  But you’d never know!

grilled salmon and mixed green saladgorgeous sweet, yet tangy dried cranberries with shaved manchego and praline pecans

grilled salmon and mixed greens salad

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salmon and mixed greens salad

Grilled Salmon and Mixed Greens Salad

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  • 1 salmon filet, grilled
  • 2 cups mixed greens lettuce
  • 1/4 red grapefruit, sectioned and cut in half
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup praline pecans
  • 2 Tbsp. shaved Manchego cheese
  • Viniagrette of choice


  1. Grill salmon.
  2. While salmon is grilling, place a nice bed of lettuce on salad plates.
  3. Place grapefruit and salmon on top of lettuce.
  4. Sprinkle dried cranberries, praline pecans, and shaved cheese all over the salad.
  5. Drizzle vinaigrette of choice on top of salad.

grilled salmon with mixed greens salad

So there are 7 tips for a great salad with a grilled salmon salad with mixed greens to show how to put the ingredients all together!


Here are a few more delicious salads that follow the same tips that I know you’ll enjoy!

Summer Salad with Cherries, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Balsamico

7 tips for a great salad

Broccoli, Dried Cranberries, and Smoky Bacon Salad

7 tips for a great salad


Italian Tuna Pasta Salad

tuna pasta salad



Let me know what I’m missing! What do YOU insist on being included in a great mixed salad?