Green Salad, Lemon Salad Dressing Recipe

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A few nights ago I was invited to a home for dinner, and they served the best green salad with a smattering of pasta and a lemony dressing. I wanted to eat the whole bowl myself.

Green Salad, Pasta, Feta, Lemon Dressing

The very next day I replicated this salad adding in lemon pasta, feta cheese, tossed with a very lemony dressing. Trader Joe’s sold a lemon pasta for a while which was perfect to add and complimented the feta cheese perfectly. At the last minute I added in some tomatoes for color. I would have included some olives if I had some on hand.

Green Salad with Feta, Lemon Dressing

I am known for my salads, because I always make my own dressing and have mastered the what lettuce goes with what type of dressing thing. It is a thing. For example, if you want to mix a pasta and feta cheese with lettuce, a heartier lettuce such as romaine works best. The crunch and bite from romaine lettuce compliments the bite of an al dente pasta.

Green Salad with Lemon Salad Dressing

Green Salad with lemon salad dressing is a versatile salad, but I especially like how a briny feta cheese fits right in. Since pasta is on the bland side, a strong cheese works well. You could also use slivers of parmesan cheese or crumbled blue cheese as a substitute.

You can make this an entree salad by adding pulled chicken or salmon.

Green Salad with Lemon Salad Dressing

Feta Cheese

As I wrote in my olive feta appetizer post, look for a feta cheese sitting in brine that is 100% sheep’s milk. Not all feta is alike, and you may seem crumbled feta sold in your grocery store. Usually a pre-crumbled feta is tasteless, and doesn’t add much to a dish.

Salad Ingredients

  • Romaine Lettuce or Bagged Italian Lettuce
  • Feta Cheese (packed in brine)
  • Pasta (corkscrews, penne or similar pasta)
  • Sliced Grape Tomatoes
  • Lemon Dressing
  • Herbs de Provence
  • Salt, Pepper

Lemon Salad Dressing

  • Dijon Mustard
  • White or Red Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice and Zest
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Green Salad, Lemon Dressing

Salad with Feta, Pasta, Lemon Dressing
Course: Salad and Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green salad, lemon salad dressing
Servings: 8 servings


  • 10 cups romain lettuce 2 bags Italian Lettuce Mix
  • 4 ounces feta cheese (in brine)
  • 10 grape tomatoes sliced in half, cross-wise
  • 1 cup cooked pasta such as penne, corkscrew
  • Lemon Dressing as needed

Lemon Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/4 red wine vinegar or champagne or white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

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