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Simple Green Salad with Homemade Mayo Dressing

This Simple Green Salad with Homemade Mayo Dressing is a delicious and easy addition to dinner!  A perfect salad for fresh summer greens. Ready in 5 minutes.

This salad dressing is made with 3 simple ingredients:  mayonnaise, milk and sugar.  SO simple.  But sometimes the most simple things are the best, and this dressing is proof of that!

a top down view of a Simple Green Salad loaded with fresh greens, green beans, herbs and sliced tomatoes

A Family Favourite Recipe

This is my favourite green salad of all time…every time I eat it, I am whisked away back to my childhood. Memories of warm summers, fresh greens, gardens and family.  My mom would make this dressing every summer…it’s THE BEST on fresh garden greens. And I have also since discovered that this recipe was one of my Grandpa’s favourites, making it even more special.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

a top down view of a Simple Green Salad loaded with fresh greens, green beans, herbs and sliced tomatoes, then drizzled with a white dressing

It’s all about the dressing.

This really is the most simple salad dressing you will make, but don’t let that fool you, it’s SO delicious. All you need is mayonnaise, milk and sugar.  This simple combination pairs perfectly with fresh summer greens…this is the only way we eat summer salads!

a top down view of a Simple Green Salad loaded with fresh greens, green beans, herbs and sliced tomatoes, then drizzled with a white dressing

Garden or Market Fresh is best!

I tend to make this salad only in the summer because I think the dressing is the best on fresh garden greens. So if you can, hit up your garden or Farmer’s markets for the freshest ingredients you can get.

Simple Green Salad Recipe Tips:

  • Milk: I just use regular 2% milk, but you can use 1% or 3% too.
  • Sugar: This recipe calls for 2 tsp of sugar, but I often make it with just 1 tsp.
  • Mayonnaise: Use real mayonnaise, not mayo dressing.
  • Use a hand blender: I like to use a hand blender to make this dressing…it makes the dressing so smooth and creamy.
  • Additions: Our favourite is a simple salad of fresh garden greens, green onions, chopped apples and tomatoes. Sometimes I also like to add in arugula, mustard greens, spinach, beet leaves, Swiss chard, fresh green beans, peppers, radishes, and fresh herbs like dill, parsley and chive blossoms. Delicious.
  • Dressing Thickness: If you find that the dressing is a little thick, feel free to add a little more milk.
  • Double the batch for a bigger salad. I also like to double or triple the recipe and keep the dressing in a glass jar in the fridge to use throughout the week.

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Simple Green Salad with Homemade Mayo Dressing

This Simple Green Salad with Homemade Mayo Dressing is a delicious and easy addition to dinner!  A perfect salad for fresh summer greens. Ready in 5 minutes.

  • Author: My Mom
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 /3 cup dressing 1x
  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

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Simple Green Salad:

  • fresh green lettuce (freshly picked from the garden is the best!)
  • chopped fresh green onions (these are a must – the flavour that they add is so amazing this salad)
  • other ingredient additions (optional): arugula, mustard greens, spinach, beet leaves, Swiss chard, fresh green beans, peppers, radishes, and fresh herbs like dill and parsley.

Simple Mayo Dressing:

  • 5 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp sugar

Instructions

  1. Using a hand blender, whip the mayo, milk and sugar together until creamy.
  2. Adjust the flavour to your taste.
  3. Drizzle over your salad of fresh greens.
  4. Refrigerate when not in use.

Keywords: green salad, mayonnaise salad dressing

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This post was originally published in May 2011. I have since updated it with new pictures and recipe tips!

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15 Comments

  1. My Mom used to make a “sauce” or “dressing” like this for salad, cucumbers, carrot salad & pineapple salad but we used Miracle Whip!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goosh, best salad ever. My children actually eat this…..total miracle!!! The whole family loves this salad both young, old and in between. 🙂 We can’t thank you enough for this recipe. :0

  3. Did you forget to add vinegar to your recipe? I made it the way you have it and it is to sweet and tastes a little like melted ice cream. I added aple cider vinegar and it is fab!!!

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