5-Minute Green Salad with No-Mix Tahini Dressing

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Whew. I don’t know about you, but we ate like kings this weekend, and now I’m in need of a healthy reset.

Solution? This salad.

This may appear to be just another salad, but don’t be fooled.

It requires just 5 minutes and 1 bowl to make, and the dressing doesn’t require mixing! Oh yeah.

It’s literally a lazy cook’s dream: Dump a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and call it a meal. And it’s healthy! Does it get any better than that?

I created this salad after a spree of testing dessert recipes for the holidays. And after one too many cookies, I was in need of some greens. This did the trick.

A bed of greens is topped with veggies, sunflower seeds, ripe avocado for healthy fats, and dried cranberries for a little sweetness. Then drizzle on tahini, lemon, and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. It makes the salad taste so delicious + the no mixing means one less dish to clean up.

To add more protein to this salad, serve with cooked (and cooled) quinoa, baked chickpeas, or additional sunflower seeds.

If you try this easy, 5-minute salad, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

5-Minute Green Salad with No-Mix Tahini Dressing

A quick-and-easy salad for when your body is craving greens and simplicity! Greens and vegetables in a 3-ingredient no-mix dressing. A simple, fresh, healthy side.
Author Minimalist Baker
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5minutes
Total Time 5minutes
Servings 4
Course Salad, Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3 Days



  • ~8cupsmixed greens or roughly chopped kale (I mixed both)
  • 1/4cupdiced red onion
  • 3-4mediumradishes(thinly sliced)
  • 1Tbsproasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1mediumripe avocado(thinly sliced)
  • 2-3Tbspdried cranberries(or other fruit // optional)


  • 1/4cuptahini
  • 2Tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • 2mediumlemons, juiced (~1/4 cup or 60 ml as original recipe is written)
  • 1healthy pincheach sea salt + black pepper


  • Add the greens to a large serving bowl and top with red onion, radishes, sunflower seeds, avocado, and dried cranberries (optional).
  • Next, drizzle on tahini and olive oil and squeeze on lemon juice (no need to mix beforehand! The separation makes for more enhanced individual flavors + 1 less dish). Season with salt and pepper, and toss gently before serving.
  • Best when fresh, though leftovers keep (undressed) up to 3 days in the refrigerator.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with dressing and without cranberries.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1servingCalories: 293Carbohydrates: 16.7gProtein: 5.8gFat: 23.2gSaturated Fat: 3.8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 49mgFiber: 6gSugar: 1.4g

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  1. Dana C.says

    Yum!! I added some boiled and shredded chicken for more protein. Everything mixed together was the perfect blend of flavors and textures.

  2. missi weinhartsays

    This salad was really, really good and I loved that the dressing was not made beforehand. I skipped the cranberries and subbed cherry tomatoes and cucumber. I served it with Vegan Moussaka and it was heaven on a plate. The only thing I would change is that next time I will make a couple of extra portions because it was that good.

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Missi! Love that combo. Thanks so much for sharing! xo

  3. Kathy Vetrosays

    I loved this! I was making your Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe for tomorrow’s mid day snack when I decided to peruse your salads. This dressing was delicious and more filling than the vinaigrette dressings I usually make. I added a little balsamic vinegar in addition to the lemon for a little extra kick and sweetness. I will definitely keep making this one.

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Kathy. Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

  4. Letasays

    Absolutely love this salad! I added a bit of maple in the dressing- really delicious. Thanks, Dana!

  5. Laura Kosssays

    I am obsessed with this salad. It’s savory, crunchy and satisfying beyond belief. I eat it as a main dish. :)

  6. Nicolesays

    This is wonderful! I want to eat this every day. Very easy to throw together and satisfying. I added some tomatoes also just because I had them.

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Nicole. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  7. Kristyn Harveysays

    This has become one of my family’s favorite salads. We use it as a side salad and it lasts a couple nights. The optional cranberries make all the difference! Another great recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you and your family enjoy it, Kristyn! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Sammysays

    Hi Dana! I love your website (probably half of what I cook is your recipes). Which is why it makes me a little sad when you use diet culture language like “detox” or “cleansing” in your recipes. It just implies that some other food we put in our body makes us “dirty” or “unclean” — which I’m sure isn’t your intention! Just thought it might be something to think about for future recipes :) Thanks for listening!

    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Sammy! I agree and this recipe is on our list to revisit in terms of naming. We appreciate the feedback!

  9. Haileysays

    So good! I used Bitten Poppy Seed dressing instead because I didn’t have tahini and it was amazing!

  10. Paige Tammsays

    Hi! My husband insists on loads of protein always- I’ve finally convinced him of the protein in quinoa. Do you think quinoa would be a good a addition? Or would it make it too heavy?
    I’ve made this salad a million times in the past and it is SOOO good.

  11. Michellesays

    I made this recipe and it was really quick and simple as promised. The “bite” and tang of the dressing in contrast to the dried cranberries was great. I need to make a quick meal today so i think I will make this again. It is delicious.

  12. Amysays

    This is a damn fine salad. Always looking for new ones that fill me up and this fits the bill. The OCD person in me does mix the dressing – and if it needs thinning, I just add a little water. Have made with and without the onions – great either way. Have also added peas, which was good, too. I’ve made it as a main dish for my husband and I when the kid wants mac and cheese and he very much enjoys it. Thanks for another winner, Dana!

  13. Lindseysays

    Simply YUM!!! I just finished a big bowl of this deliciousness. My only change was instead of evoo I used maple syrup. I ate at a Mediterranean restaurant last night which of course means lots of evoo. My stomach has been telling me about it all day. Bleh! I love not mixing the dressing ingredients. Every bite was different. I’ll probably eat this again tomorrow.

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks for sharing your ingredient swap, Lindsey! We are glad you enjoyed this salad!

  14. Petersays

    Thank you. I made this recipe for my friends and they were very happy with it. I love how it is both super fast to make, and healthy.

  15. Shasays

    I just made the dressing with a little tweaking; a wee bit of raw honey & a few drops of raw sesame seed oil. Thanks for posting this dressing. I am not a fan of tahini dressing, but this, i love this dressing. Thanks so much for posting!

  16. Dannysays

    OMG! I was surprised how delicious this salad is.. this is so quick and easy and so yummy that it will definitely become a staple for me like many of your other wonderful recipes! Thank you <3 finally a salad that makes me excited to eat salad haha.

  17. Kathysays

    Oh my goodness! I have had this salad 3 times in the last 2 days! YUMMMMM. I love how healthy it is, and not having to pre-mix the dressing ingredients is amazing! A new favorite. You never disappoint!

  18. Lyricasays

    Do you refrigerate your tahini? I do with mine and it’s not very drizzle-able. I tried mixing it with water to make it thinner but it still all clumped together.

  19. Vlatka Pavisicsays

    Detox salad as tasty and as fullfilling as a bowl of ice-cream ! I’m making this every week, it’s so refreshing and nourishing… Thank you, Dana !

  20. Katiesays

    This was so good! I love avocado in salads, and it goes so well with all the other veggies :) One of the best salads I’ve ever made!

  21. Kami Leesays

    I made this today and it was delightful! I love the combo of flavors and textures. I put pear in as my fruit options. :) Thank you for all of the creative recipes!

  22. Brandesays

    HI Dana,

    Can I use something to replace the onion or just omit it? I have digestive issues and onions aggravate them.

  23. Ali Paulsensays

    Phenomenal! I added spiralized carrot and just a tad less lemon juice than called for, and my boyfriend is still raving about how it’s the best salad he’s ever had. So filling too!

    • Nicolesays

      I’d expect any vinegar would work. I’d go withany of the following: rice wine, white balsamic or apple cider

  24. Edwina | TheEquippedCook.comsays

    Just made this and it was delicious. Loved the dressing. Really nice to have a fresh salad after all the cookies in December!

  25. Jaime L.says

    After indulging in many treats, including your delicious biscotti and staple cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing (that my family couldn’t believe were vegan!), I needed a little reset. I stocked up on everything I need to make the green smoothie you posted and this salad. SO SIMPLE AND SCRUMPTIOUS! This is my first time trying tahini, and the flavor complements everything perfectly!

    Dana, thanks for having all the recipes I need to entertain my family for Christmas AND take care of myself :)

  26. Sarah | Well and Fullsays

    This salad looks like exactly what I need right now. I wasn’t THAT bad with the Christmas cookies; my weakness is chips and snacks!! ;)

  27. Tori//Gringalicious.comsays

    Yay for detox salads right now! Yes, after all the holiday treats this is just what the doctor ordered!

  28. Kristina Msays

    Every week I cook one meal on Sunday (usually one from your blog or cookbook) to eat on each day at work. This is the winner this week and I’m enjoying it! I’m a surgeon and mom of three so easy meals are great! Planning ahead ensures I stay healthy :) thanks for all you do for me but never know it!

  29. Lisa Bryan | Downshiftologysays

    Sounds amazing and exactly what I need right now after indulging a wee bit too much for the last week!

  30. Jennysays

    Looks yummy! I have a couple of clementines kicking around, so I plan to throw those in as well! Thank-you for a wonderful blog, and an AMAZING cookbook. One of my “go-to’s” always!

  31. nursermksays

    It looks good after all that holiday heaviness, and I appreciate the one bowl prep. But…Yikes! 25% of a salad serving is 23+ gms of fat? Also I believe calorie estimates are a misprint? May try it with a little less Tahini/Olive oil and 1/2 Avocado. Thank you for the recipe, it is a nice easy one with stuff I have on hand.

    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Avocado + tahini + olive oil is HEALTHY fat! But if you want to reduce, omit the oil!

      • nursermksays

        Thank you, I do know, but am a little more stealthy about my fat intake overall so I will follow your suggestion and cut the oil. Much appreciated!

        • Whitneysays

          you could also do half an avocado instead of a full one too. I find that’s usually my max or else I’m too full.

  32. Emmasays

    It seems you lixed up the nutrition – I don’t think 23,2 g of calories is right, haha!

    I am definitely trying this, it sounds delicious and great for my minimal kitchen.