Mustard Greens Summer Salad with a Yogurt Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

  May 18, 2016  |  #Recipes
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Good Morning, friends!

How’s your week going so far? Stick around to the end because I have a delicious summer salad recipe for you! Let’s take a look back on a day of eats. This was from last Friday!

Breakfast

Overnight oats eaten out of an empty Noosa container in the sunshine before an early morning client. The noosa yogurt flavors are on point.

overnight oats

Snack/Lunch: 

2 of these little blondie bars from Amanda with an apple. YUM! And whole foods salad bar for lunch.

snacks

whole foods

Snack:

I had a 6pm client at the gym, and I needed something to hold me over until dinner. I bought this Quest Bar from the gym. I don’t love Quest Bars and how they market themselves, but I needed something.

quest bar snack

Dinner: 

Leftovers of this salad recipe below and I added some extra tofu I snagged from the WF salad bar earlier. This salad is so so good, and very addicting. And then I had to have a few cookies for dessert, of course 🙂

mustard greens fruit salad

cookies

Are there any foods you crave in the summer, warmer months? I talked about eating watermelon at a cookout over the weekend. Watermelon is one of those foods I could eat allll day long. It’s so refreshing! I also love pineapple, summer peaches, pasta salads, gazpacho, kebobs and grilling out much more in the summer!

I set out to create a summer salad with a bunch of different summer flavors. I tweaked it as I went and based many of the toppings off of my last Produce Box order! I was so happy with the end result.

mustard greens salad

Ya’ll, this salad might be the best thing I’ve ever made.

It’s delicious, healthy, colorful, antioxidant heavy, flavorful, delicious…did I mention delicious? It’s the perfect summer dish with blends of fresh greens, fresh fruits and a creamy homemade yogurt dressing. Note, this salad can easily be vegan (omit the cheese), but would need to be paired with a different dressing of your choice!

mustard greens summer salad (3)

Confession –> I’ve actually been eating the yogurt “dressing” by the spoonful, as actual yogurt. It’s so addicting!

mustard greens summer salad

If you’ve never had mustard greens before, they definitely have a bitter, horseradish -like taste to them. You’d be able to pick them in a blind taste testing session because they do taste like mustard!  I definitely suggest massaging them with olive oil, lemon and garlic before hand to help minimize that bold, aggressive, “in your face” taste.

Mustard greens are also a little softer than the kale leaves I’ve paired them with. Make sure to wash them well. Double rinse them! I put mine in my Oxo Salad Spinner (affiliate link). I love this thing – quick and easy!

Let’s talk about some of the nutrition and health benefits of this salad:

  • Polyphenols and Antioxidants, help with prevention of chronic disease and counteracting oxidative stress
  • Vitamin C for cell and tissue repair, wound repair and protection from free radicals
  • Healthy fats (avocado, hemp seeds, whole milk yogurt) for brain and skin health, satiety
  • Ample fiber for moving things along and fullness

mustard greens summer salad with creamy yogurt honey mustard vinaigrette

You’re also getting extra protein from the hemp seeds, feta cheese, and creamy yogurt dressing! Winner in my book!

4 from 1 vote
Mustard Greens Summer Salad with a Yogurt Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This is the perfect salad for a get together or summer cookout. With the array of colors and whirl of nutritional benefits, this salad hits all the bright spots!
Course: Entree, vegan, vegetarian
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Salad
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup brussel sprouts
  • 1/2 cup cremini mushrooms
  • 5 lacianto kale leaves, rinsed
  • 2-3 cups chopped mustard greens, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • juice of two lemons
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup strawberries
  • 2 medium peaches
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • Toppings:
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 2-3 ounces feta cheese, optional (omit if vegan)
  • For the dressing (omit if vegan)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1.5 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey (add an extra tbsp. if you like it sweeter)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Squeeze of a lemon
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice the brussel sprouts and mushrooms. Turn stove on medium high heat, and add olive oil. Sautee the vegetables until golden brown (the brussels will need a little longer than the mushrooms).
  2. Double rinse your greens. Massage the kale and mustard greens in olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and a little bit of sea salt and lay the bed in your salad bowl.
  3. While these are cooking, wash and cut your fruit to top the salad. Gather your ingredients for the salad dressing and mix (the longer you let it sit, the thicker it will be). Taste it. You may want to add more or less of one ingredient to match your preference.
  4. Top with additional toppings, including nuts, seeds, cheese, or even meats.

 

This is one of those recipes that you can wow your friends with. It’s easy, but it’s so fresh and flavorful. We couldn’t get enough of it. And you can have it ready in about 30 minutes, and can top it with any toppings of your choosings!

Make extra dressing because this stuff is amazing.

Pin it for later!

mustard greens summer salad

Linking up with Jill for a life of fitness, health and happiness and Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday!

What are your favorite fruits to put on salads? 

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33 responses to “Mustard Greens Summer Salad with a Yogurt Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

  1. love the yogurt dressing!! when i was at school & eating on campus, they would have a yogurt “dresssing” for lunch too. it had little or no oil and the only other yogurt was the icky sweet stuff. you bet i ate a small bowl of that too! haha. i so need to make this 🙂
    and having WF across from you- definitely an amazing curse LOL. salad looks good though!!

  2. I had that Quest bar flavor when I was in the states and I liked it too! They taste very artificially sweetened though, that is my only complaint.
    This salad recipe is definitively something I am not accustomed to! I usually steer clear from mixing fruits into salads, but I have to admit, the combo of fruits with the yogurt based dressing has me quite intrigued!

    1. Oh you have to try fresh fruit in your salad. It screams summer! That is only the 2nd or 3rd quest bar I’ve ever had. It held me over for a few hours which is rare for me.

  3. Yum. Yum. Yum… I love salad so much, and this looks really pretty and super flavorful. If we weren’t on vacation I would totally go get the ingredients for this. You combined a world of flavors in one salad. I love it so much!


  4. Wow! That dressing looks unbelievable! I can’t wait to try it myself. This salad is so perfect for summer–delicious and refreshing. I love using fruit on salads. I think it takes them to another level of freshness. My favorite is probably a pear! I like to dice it and put it on almost any salad where goat cheese or blue cheese crumbles are involved. It’s the perfect compliment! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  5. I have been wanting to try that yogurt! Also can never go wrong with a whole foods lunch. This salad looks delish too! I love throwing fruit into salad- always makes it so much yummier!

  6. I never think about putting fruit in salad. I’ve added dried fruit before, but only if it’s offered at a salad bar or something. This salad looks great!

  7. What a flavorful and delicious looking salad! I’m totally making this one, except without the mushrooms, not a fan of those except for on pizza 😉

  8. Oh man definitely pinned and absolutely going to make!! That yogurt dressing sounds perfect, and fruit/berries in salads is such magic. That’s definitely what I think of when I think summer food – hearty salads and lots of berries. Love the addition of hemp seeds and feta. I don’t think I’ve ever had mustard greens. Im not sure if I’ve ever seen them sold in the store?… hope I can find them because now I’m super curious.

    1. Berries are the epitome of summer salads. Mustard greens are in a field of their own, to me at least. I haven’t eaten them too much, but I like them with a creamy dressing!

  9. I love summer salads like that. Strawberries are so good in salad! We don’t usually eat mustard greens, but I don’t mind them. I bet they’d be yummy all massaged up.
    Yum to the cookies too!!

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