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Mixed Greens Salad with Warm Roasted Garlic Dressing from @creativculinary

Mixed Greens Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing

The most fabulous combination of flavors, this mixed greens salad has smoked mozzarella, homemade croutons, and a warm roasted garlic dressing.
Course Salads, Dressings, Marinades and Sauces
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 853kcal
Author Barb


  • For the Vinaigrette:
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 4 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

For the Salad:

  • 2 large red onions sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rings, separated
  • 2 tablespoons 1/4 stick butter
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 cups 1/2-inch cubes day-old sourdough bread
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 8 cups packed mixed greens about 10 ounces - I used a combination of romaine and red leaf lettuces
  • 1 cup packed grated smoked mozzarella cheese about 4 ounces


  • To Make the Vinaigrette
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place garlic in small baking dish.
  • Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Cover dish tightly with foil; bake until garlic is tender, about 50 minutes. Cool.
  • Squeeze roasted garlic from skins into medium bowl. Mash with fork.
  • Add 3/4 cup oil, shallots, 3 tablespoons vinegar, and thyme.
  • Whisk to blend well. Season with salt and pepper.
  • To Make the Onions
  • Oil large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Arrange onion rings on sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil; toss to coat.
  • Put in oven with garlic and roast until tender and brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  • Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar; toss to coat.
  • To Make the Croutons
  • Melt butter in heavy medium ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
  • Add chopped garlic and sauté 30 seconds.
  • Add bread cubes and rosemary and toss to combine.
  • Transfer to oven and bake until croutons are golden and crisp, about 10 minutes.
  • To Assemble the salad
  • Transfer vinaigrette to medium saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until hot.
  • Place greens in large bowl. Add cheese and onions and toss to combine.
  • Pour hot dressing over salad and toss to combine.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Top with croutons and serve.


If you have problems locating smoked mozzarella...grate mozzarella and add drops to taste of Liquid Smoke.


Serving: 1grams | Calories: 853kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 84g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 68g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 121mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g