Johnny’s Summer Salad

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  • 00:25Prep Time
  • 00:10Cook Time


  • 6 small heads of little gem lettuce, leaves ripped apart
  • 1 lb. asparagus spears, bottoms trimmed off and spears shaved
  • 1 cup sliced English breakfast radishes (from about 10-15 small radishes)
  • 1/3 cup broccoli sprouts (or other sprouts)
  • 3 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Johnny’s  Seasoning Salt

for Herbed Goat Cheese

  • 1 Tbsp. packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
  • ½ Tbsp. packed fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 oz. goat cheese

for Herbed Vinaigrette

  • 2 Tbsp. packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
  • 1 Tbsp. packed fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 cup and 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
  • Johnny’s Seasoning Salt
  • Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Layer the little gem leaves, shaved asparagus, radishes, and sprouts in a large salad bowl.
  3. Toss the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and pistachio with olive oil and Johnny’s Seasoning Salt and spread them out in a thin layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Toast in the oven until lightly browned and fragrant for 10 minutes, tossing the nuts halfway through baking.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the herbed goat cheese. Pulse 1 Tbsp. basil, 1 Tbsp. chives, and 1/2 Tbsp. tarragon in a food processor until finely minced.
  6. Add the goat cheese and pulse a few times to incorporate. Use a spatula to remove it from the food processor and set in the refrigerator while you prepare the vinaigrette.
  7. Without cleaning the food processor, pulse the remaining 2 Tbsp. basil, 2 Tbsp. chives, and 1 Tbsp. tarragon in a food processor until finely minced.
  8. Add the remaining dressing ingredients and purée until smooth and creamy.
  9. Toss the dressing with the greens in the bowl.
  10. Top with toasted nuts and dot with herbed goat cheese. Serve!

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