Cafe Green Salad by Melissa D'arabian

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

I am really happy she won the Next Food Network Star challenge and really look forward to watching more of her show " Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian". This is a great recipe that is easy to toss together yet really fresh tasting. Why use bottled dressing when you can do this?

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1 garlic clove, sliced in 1/2
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 dash soy sauce
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salad

  • 3 cups salad greens (mixed, the darker the better, not iceberg)


  1. Rub the inside of a large wooden bowl with the garlic clove and then either discard it or save it for another use.
  2. Put the mustard in the bowl and whisk in the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce (a French secret!) vigorously for about 10 seconds to get a creamy consistency.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Drizzle in the olive oil as slowly as possible with 1 hand while whisking as quickly as possible with the other hand to emulsify.
  5. Lay the salad greens on top of the dressing and toss just before serving.


Most Helpful

Definitely worth a 5 star rating. It's so simple but absolutely delicious. The flavor of the vinaigrette is perfect. I wouldn't change a single thing. Just make sure you do have enough salad greens so the salad doesn't get over-dressed.

LifeIsGood March 14, 2010

Delicious! I added some sliced strawberries and caramelized almonds to it. I did change it up a little by reducing the oil to 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon of water. Everyone loved the vinaigrette. Thank you for sharing.

hfiore April 11, 2014

Lovely salad recipe with accompanying dressing. The salad dressing is perfect in every way. I wouldn't and didn't change anything. Thanks for posting...

Andi of Longmeadow Farm April 29, 2011

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