Leafy Green Salad with Fresh Fruit and a Homemade Savory Dijon Wine Vinaigrette

My husband is a typical Texas man, and as such when we met, his standard fare was Chicken Fried Steak and Potatoes, steak and potatoes, venison, casseroles and green beans.


I remember the first time that my husband had a salad with fruit in it – it was at my Aunt’s house for Thanksgiving and it was a gorgeous leafy green salad with sliced pears, walnuts and crumbled feta.  It was beautiful and delicious and he looked at it like it was going to attack him.  Being the good sport that he is, and because he was still trying to make a good impression on my family, he tried it.

I think his eyebrows leapt to his hairline and that old tagline went running through my head: “He likes it! He really likes it!”


Fast forward 15 something years and my husband has definitely become more adventurous in his eating, and it doesn’t take much convincing for me to get him to eat salads and fruit.

leafy green fruit salad with dijon dressing


After two weeks of packing and moving and traveling back and forth we were both tired of eating on the run, and desperately craving good fresh greens.


strawberry salad with apples and spinach


Since we’re in our new home, and talking about new beginnings I’m trying to take advantage of the fresh fruits and veggies available to me from the market just down the road, and make things that are filling, healthy and easy, so that I’m spending less time in the kitchen, and more time with the family.

sliced strawberries


I put together one of my favorite dark leafy green salads with fresh seasonal fruits, and then whipped up a zesty Dijon white wine vinegar dressing to go with it, and it is a definite winner!  This salad can easily stand alone as the main dish, or it can be served as a side for grilled citrus salmon or chicken.

dijon dressing


As an added bonus, while I was putting the salad together, I dropped an apple slice in the dressing and discovered that this dressing drizzled over sliced apples is a killer snack.  Sweet, crunchy, savory… YUM

dijon white wine vinaigrette salad


Leafy Green Salad with Fresh Fruit
Delicious fruits and berries pair with dark leafy greens to create a salad that is both texturally appealing and tasty.
  • 1 (12 oz) bag of dark leafy green salad mix
  • 1 medium apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 C blueberries
  • 8 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 C dried cranberries
  1. Remove the stems from the strawberries and slice
  2. Cut the apple in half and cut into thin slices, removing the seeds
  3. Put the salad mix into a serving bowl and top with apple slices, dried cranberries, blueberries and strawberries.
Rachel's Notes
For an added crunch, top with chopped walnuts and savory blue cheese crumbles add another level yumminess


Savory Dijon Wine Vinaigrette
  • • 2/3 C mayonnaise
  • • ¼ C White Wine Vinegar
  • • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • • 1 Tbsp white granulated sugar
  • • ½ Medium shallot, minced
  • • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  1. In a glass mixing bowl or mason jar, add all the ingredients and mix well. Add fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
Rachel's Notes
You can chill or serve immediately over the salad. Shake or whisk together, and allow to come to just room temp prior to serving each time.

This is also delicious drizzled over freshly sliced apples and strawberries for a healthy and yummy snack! Crispy, Crunchy, Sweet, Savory. YUM.


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  1. says

    This looks amazing. It took me a really long time to eat salads with fruit in them, too, but now I’m all about it (I may have cried a little last year when Wendy’s stopped serving it’s summer/seasonal salads).

  2. says

    Yes, the beautifully decorated salads are worth eating with the meal.After all they provide good job in digestion too and they are pretty good to see in the colour ful pictures above.

  3. says

    This salad sounds amazing. I’m a huge salad and fruit person myself and your dressing sounds delicious too. I can’t wait to try it for my family and friends! Thanks for sharing.


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