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Simple Garden Chopped Salad with Semi-homemade Ranch Dressing

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The best salads have various textures, flavors and colors and this one fits the bill. This garden chopped salad is as simple as it gets, and the flavor is amazing. (The secret is the green onions and semi-homemade dressing.) Even my picky eaters will eat a good serving of this one at the dinner table. It pairs well with everything–chicken, casseroles, Mexican, Italian–you name it.

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Garden Vegetable Chopped Salad with Semi-Homemade Ranch Dressing

A simple yet healthy and refreshing vegetable salad that pairs with everything.
Servings 6 people
Author heartysmarty


  • 5 Cups Romaine Lettuce chopped
  • 1 large Sweet Bell Pepper, sliced Red, orange, or yellow
  • 1 large Avocado sliced
  • 1 medium Tomato, vine-ripened chopped
  • 1 medium Cucumber peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas thawed
  • 2 Tablespoons Green Onion minced

Semi-Homemade Ranch Dressing

  • 1 Cup Plain Milk Kefir or buttermilk
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise Original
  • 3 Tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Dry Mix 1 packet


  • In a mason jar, combine dressing ingredients. Screw on a tight-fitting lid, and shake until well mixed.
  • Mix 1/4 Cup Ranch dressing with romaine lettuce until well combined. Top with remaining ingredients and drizzle with 2 tablespoons more dressing.
  • Serve immediately. 


Calories for this salad will be overestimated since the entire recipe for dressing is included. You will only use about 1/8 of the dressing made. 

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