Toscana Salad Recipe with Mixed Greens and Lemon Caper Vinaigrette

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A zesty, exciting salad bursting with flavor and protein!

Even as a kid, I often found myself ordering salads at restaurants, and I still do today. Of course, order a salad, like this Toscana salad recipe, at a restaurant, and everyone assumes you’re on a diet.

Sure, sometimes I am watching my diet, and ordering salads is a great way to stay on track.

However, even when I’m not actively counting calories, I still often find myself attracted to the salad listings on a menu. There’s just so much variety when it comes to salad.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you leafy greens are boring. Honestly, just think of all the stuff you can fit on a salad that you could never cram onto a burger. Salads provide endless opportunities for add-ons, flavor combos, and new variations.

And that doesn’t have to end when you leave the restaurant.

There’s no reason the salads you make at home can’t be as delicious and flavor-packed as your restaurant faves.

This Toscana salad recipe with mixed greens and lemon caper vinaigrette is a flavorful, elegant salad that combined all the flavors of Tuscany, and you can make and serve it at home. Serve it to guests as a side, or make and enjoy it as a meal yourself. Complete with salmon and hard-boiled egg, this Toscana salad packs plenty of protein for a delicious, filling meal.

Let’s Talk About Ingredients for this Toscana Salad

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For a rich base of leafy greens, this recipe uses four different kinds of lettuce. Romaine, baby arugula, radicchio, and baby spinach make up your mixed greens.

Of course, fresh lettuce is always best. But if you’re looking to save time (and money), any bag of “spring mix” or “mixed greens” will work fine.

In my opinion, no salad is complete without cheese. It’s a small thing, but it really makes a difference. This recipe uses fat-free provolone cut into small cubes to keep your cheese fix light and fresh.

I am also a huge fan of hard-boiled eggs in any salad. Fortunately, Cobb salads no longer have the monopoly on this awesome ingredient. You can add an egg to any salad. Not only does it add some delicious flavor and texture, but adding a hard-boiled egg to a salad is a great way to up your protein.

Speaking of protein, this Tuscan salad also includes salmon. This is a great recipe if you have some leftover salmon from dinner the night before.

Of course, this Toscana salad recipe with lemon caper vinaigrette also includes some capers for flavor (and presentation!).

Once you have your salad tossed together, it’s time for the lemon caper vinaigrette to really bring the flavor palette together. Made with lemon juice, honey, dijon, olive oil, and capers, this dressing is a zesty and flavorful way to complete the salad.

To make it, just combine the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth! Easy as that!

How to Make this Light Meal Heartier

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If you’re a salad lover, you know salad doesn’t have to be boring. But you also don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to get the kind of flavorful salads you crave.

This Toscana salad recipe with mixed greens and lemon caper vinaigrette is an easy way to serve elegant and delicious salad in your own home. With just a few ingredients, you can treat yourself to a zesty and filling salad that bursts with flavor.

But if you’re looking to make this meal a little bit more filling, consider serving it alongside any of these recipes:

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Tuscan Salad Recipe with Mixed Greens and Lemon Caper Vinaigrette

Low in carbs and high in protein, this amazing salad brings Tuscan flavors to your table in a scrumptious and healthy way.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 3 people
Serving Size 2 cups
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine Italian


For the Salad

  • 1 cup romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1 cup radicchio
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup provolone cheese fat-free, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 3 eggs hard boiled, peeled and sliced into circles
  • 1/2 cup salmon cooked, roughly chopped

For the Dressing

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon capers


For the Salad

  • Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and lightly toss.

For the Dressing

  • In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Drizzle over dressing and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 201mg | Sodium: 565mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 12
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Gluten-Free, High Protein, Keto, Low-Carb, Seafood

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This Toscana salad is a fresh, flavorful salad that’s packed with protein and celebrates the flavors of Tuscany. It’s fresh and filling and will make the perfect lunch or light dinner. We like to make a big batch to share with friends at parties and picnics! No matter how you enjoy this salad, we know you’re going to love it!

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Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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