Mixed Vegetable Salad with Lime Dressing


Using potatoes and green beans gives this gorgeous and healthy vegetable salad a niçoise salad feel, but you can use whatever suits your fancy.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
9 cups

Tips from the Test Kitchen

What Are the Best Vegetables for This Salad?

We use a variety of mixed vegetables for the salad. For steamed vegetables, you can use small red potatoes, carrots, beets, green beans or peas. For raw vegetables, you can use sliced radishes, cucumbers or tomatoes. Feel free to use your choice of mixed vegetables that aren't on the ingredient list. If you steam any of the vegetables, don't overcook them. Overcooked vegetables will fall apart when you toss them with the dressing.

How to Steam Vegetables

For the steamed vegetables, make sure to prepare them in advance. Steaming can be done in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Steamer baskets come in a variety of sizes and materials. You can choose from stainless steel, ceramic, bamboo or silicone. Just make sure the pot is slightly larger in diameter than the basket so that you can easily remove the basket after steaming. Steam the potatoes until tender, and the carrots, beets, greens beans or peas until tender-crisp. Check out our method for steamed green beans. If you don't have a steamer basket, here are tips on how to steam without a steamer.

I Don't Have Watercress. Is There a Substitute?

Watercress is an aquatic green leafy vegetable belonging to the mustard family, related to vegetables like cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts. It has a slightly bitter, peppery flavor. If you can't find watercress, you can substitute it with arugula, baby kale or radish sprouts, which have similar flavors.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (steamed: sliced small red potatoes, carrots or beets, green beans, peas; raw: sliced radishes, cucumbers or tomatoes)

  • 6 leaves romaine or leaf lettuce

  • 1 small bunch watercress, large stems removed

  • 1 hard-boiled large egg, sliced

  • 1 thick slice red onion, broken into rings

  • Crumbled Mexican queso fresco, feta or farmer's cheese for garnish


  1. Whisk canola and olive oils, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until thoroughly blended. Add mixed vegetables and toss to coat.

  2. Line a large serving platter with lettuce. Scoop the dressed vegetables onto the platter. Surround with watercress and top with egg, onion and cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
20g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 5%
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Vitamin A 4106IU 82%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Folate 73mcg 18%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 19mg 5%
Potassium 304mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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