Garden Salad with Dijon Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Garden Salad with Dijon Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

A hot summer’s day calls for a fresh summer salad, such as this garden salad with Dijon honey balsamic vinaigrette. This simple salad requires only a few fresh ingredients and little effort to prepare, made with cucumber, carrots, tuna, avocado, and navy beans all combined in a sweet and spicy vinaigrette.

You can also personalize this healthy salad by adding some of your favourite ingredients, such as red peppers, green or black olives, sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, or fresh Bufala mozzarella!

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The weather here in Sardinia has been hitting record highs and with the hot weather comes the innate desire for fresher and lighter meals. This twist on a traditional garden salad is light yet filling, and made with simple, fresh ingredients, most of which you probably already have stocked in your fridge and pantry.

This salad might be simple but it’s packed with textures and flavours, from crunchy cucumbers and carrots and creamy avocado and navy beans, seasoned with spicy Dijon mustard, sweet honey, and tart balsamic vinegar.

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Garden Salad with Dijon Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

2013-07-30
: Serves 4
: 5-10 min

A hot summer’s day calls for a fresh summer salad, such as this garden salad with Dijon honey balsamic vinaigrette. This simple salad requires only a few fresh ingredients and little effort to prepare, made with cucumber, carrots, tuna, avocado, and navy beans all combined in a sweet and spicy vinaigrette. You can also personalize …

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Ingredients
    1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 large cucumbers (about 2 cups), finely sliced
  • 2 Hass avocados
  • 1 can white navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans of tuna in olive oil (or water), drained
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 1 tbs. raw organic honey
  • 1 tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and black pepper (or to taste)
Directions

In a small bowl whisk the honey, Dijon and balsamic until combined. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking continuously until all the ingredients are combined and the dressing emulsifies into a thick vinaigrette.

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Peel the carrots and grate finely then peel the cucumber and slice as desired. Cut the avocado lengthwise and score into cubes then scoop out the pieces with a large spoon.

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Add all the ingredients in a large bowl with the vinaigrette and mix gently until combined.

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Serve cold or at room temperature. This salad is best consumed immediately or within 1-2 hours of preparation.

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47 thoughts on “Garden Salad with Dijon Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette”

  • It honestly looks really good. It makes me want to have this for tomorrow.

  • Camesha 2 years ago

    This looks really good. I was sold at avocado. I’m sure we’ll be eating more salads as it heats up around here.

  • Gabriel Bregg 2 years ago

    We’ve been using a lot more avocado in our cooking lately, it’s such a great flavor and the creaminess lets you avoid things like mayonnaise for a much healthier dish.

  • Ricci 2 years ago

    That salad look amazing! I’m usually a ranch only type of girl but that vinaigrette look great!!

  • chubskulit 2 years ago

    The avocado looks nutty and delicious! I love my salad without any kind of dressing so the the veggies alone would be fine with me.

  • Jenni E. 2 years ago

    That looks so good! I love salads, especially this time of year and it’s always fun to try something new!

  • That looks really tasty. I really love alvacados so this would go over well with me. =)

  • Ann Bacciaglia 2 years ago

    This looks so delicious. It would be great for my BBQ i am having this weekend. I will have to try this.

  • Jeanine 2 years ago

    Sounds great to me! I don’t eat avocado much. I’ve tried it a few times but am willing to try it in other recipes. This looks so good!

    • I think avocado is a great addition to salads because it adds a creamy texture. If you don’t like the flavour alone it is very subtle in the salad since the dressing is very flavourful.

  • I think I can handle all of the ingredients except for the spicy Dijon mustard. I’d have to use the regular. Otherwise, it looks great!

  • SwaRai 2 years ago

    This is the perfect summer salad, I’m making this this week.

  • Marie 2 years ago

    I love fresh salads during summer too! Your photo made me want some avocados right now. 🙂

    Marie
    http://amittenfullofsavings.com

  • Mhie Lee 2 years ago

    I love everything in your salad except the dijon.you can tell i’m not a big on it.

  • This is so my husband’s type of food. He loves salads and always asks me to try new ones. Maybe it’s time to do just that. 🙂

  • Fi Ni Neachtain 2 years ago

    Now that summer is on the way I’m always looking for new salad recipes to try out. Thanks for sharing yours, I’ve never seen this combo in a salad before.

  • Nina Say 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness, this is my favorite salad! My mom would throw together something eerily similar to this, and man it is SO GOOD.

  • Ashley 2 years ago

    Hmmm I’m not sure I would like this. Never had beans in a salad (except taco salad) and the honey + Dijon + vinaigrette just doesn’t seem like it goes together to me. Has it been a hit? It seems healthy and easy enough for me to bring to functions though!

    • It’s worth a try…the vinaigrette is really delicious because it has a balance of different flavours (tangy, sweet, creamy). We love it!

      • Ashley 2 years ago

        I might have to! We are running out of lunch and dinner ideas for the summer!

  • Sounds like a really delicious salad to try out! I love the combination of dijon with honey!

  • Rochkirstin Santos 2 years ago

    I’m not a fan of salads but this one really looked tasty with those sunny colors. Here in Manila, the hot weather is too much to handle. I love how the salad is mixed with creamy avocado–quite hearty!

  • Kisa 2 years ago

    Looks like a very interesting salad. 🙂 I’ve never tried a salad without lettuce and spinach so it’d be interesting to try something new!

  • Yum, that looks like such a rich salad. I’d definitely add a lot of peppers and tomatoes!

  • celebbabylaundry 2 years ago

    What an amazing looking salad, the ingredients are insanely healthy! This is something for those who are looking for a nice and delicious recipe in their diets.

  • Christy Maurer 2 years ago

    Those ingredients for the salad looks yummy! I would love that salad dressing too.

  • WendyK 2 years ago

    I’m always looking for new and different salads to serve. Especially with summer coming. This looks so good! and easy! Will try.

  • Alli Smith 2 years ago

    The dressing sounds awesome and the salad looks so good! My husband would love the tuna. I love a good vinaigrette!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle 2 years ago

    Wow! We love salads, but ours are usually very boring. I can’t wait to give this a try.

    • It’s nice to switch up from time to time…I was acutally thinking of posting a superfood salad recipe made spinach leaves, goji berries, etc. Would be a recipe you’d be interested seeing?

  • Robin Rue 2 years ago

    My salads generally consist of lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, but that dressing sounds like it would rock them.

  • monica 4 years ago

    This looks amazing, and perfect for summer too. I wish I could have a lesson!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 4 years ago

      Monica, the lesson is the RECIPE, lol! You should try it…at least this one! It’s so easy!! 😉

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