How To Make a Salad – Homemade Vinaigrette Recipe

how to make a salad

As much as I love bacon and cheese and fried stuff, there comes a time when I have just got to have some vegetables before I develop an electrolyte imbalance, my eye balls shrivel up, I go blind; my liver congeals into a solid mass of cholesterol and pork rinds and completely halts all enzymatic activity; I grow pale, yellow, weak, begin to hallucinate and throw myself off the 360 bridge.

It is at that point that my salad-making abilities really shine! Cool, crisp, chilled and so-so-so lightly dressed — barely covered — in a negligee of a citrus vinaigrette. Almost nude. Just enough clothes to tempt. Oh salad, you makin’ me horny.

How to Make a Salad

How to Make a Salad – Vinaigrette Recipe


How To Make a Salad

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Yield: 1/3 cup 1x


  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons oil (olive oil, walnut or other nut oils, or mild oil like canola)
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar (or another kind)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • Salad:
  • 6 cups washed and chilled lettuce, spinach, or arugula
  • 1 jicama, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1 bunch radishes, stemmed and halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs (cilantro, dill, basil or mint)
  • Chilled and sliced vegetables and fruits


  1. Make the vinaigrette: Put everything into a jar and shake it hard until everything is mixed completely. The mustard helps the emulsification.
  2. Pour over any kind of salad stuff you like: lettuces, spinaches, carrots, beets, cucumbers, bell peppers, steamed and chilled green beans, jicama, mango, radishes, apples, celery, pears.
  3. Put some walnuts or pecans on your salad.
  4. Leftover dressing will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks or more.

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  1. Random Cole on April 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Let’s see. I’ll have the . . . wistful food-blogger introspection, jaunty sailor dress, questionable child-rearing advice, wacky kung-fu chopping interludes and a salad to go please.

    • Hilah Cooking on April 27, 2010 at 11:25 pm

      The kung-fu chopping is my favorite part of any meal.

  2. Troy on April 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I know I’ll sound like a total renob, but I’m going to ask anyway.

    I’m not familiar with jicama. It looks like a cross between a potato and a water chestnut. Can you discribe the taste and/or texture? Thanks!

    Love the show!

    • Hilah Cooking on April 27, 2010 at 11:19 pm

      Water chestnut is a good comparison for the texture. Or a crisp apple. Flavor-wise, it is mild and slightly sweet, reminiscent of a pear or apple. It’s also called yam bean I think and you might be able to find it in an Asian grocery store if your regular store doesn’t carry it.

  3. Zeb on April 28, 2010 at 2:58 am

    “..but whatever, here I am, and this is my future.”


  4. Monet on April 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Ahhh….I have been craving a fresh, crisp salad, and this vinaigrette recipe seems perfect to drizzle over a bed of greens. I look forward to whipping up a batch tonight

    • Hilah Cooking on April 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm

      Sounds great Monet! If you have any left over dressing it will keep in the fridge for a week or more.

  5. jason on August 11, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Ah…that salad is a little to intense for me.

    What about a chicken Cesar Salad? Sure would like to see how Hilah would make one. Especially with home made Cesar sauce. I know its a simple salad, but I am sure Hilah could make it more interesting than the average Cesar salad.

    Greek Salads are good too.

    • Hilah on August 13, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Haha! It’s a good salad, I swear! This is such an early episode; it’s kind of embarrassing. 😉
      I love Greek salads and Caesar. I have a really good Greek salad dressing recipe I need to share. Thanks, Jason!

  6. M in Athens on September 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Love the old shows– The new kitchen is very fancy and nice, but I super love your old one. I understand the necessity of an upgrade, but the old one will always have a place in my internet heart. Right next to all of the kittens and that dog who pees while walking around on two legs.

    • M in Athens on September 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

      His two front legs, just to be clear on how much awesomeness we’re talking about. Crazy little dog.

    • Hilah on September 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Your comment gave me a big smile and now I have to go look up that dog pee video. 😀

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