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The Monica Salad
So, there are certain people in my life that make amazing salads. My sister-in-law, Sarah, is one of these people. It doesn’t matter what is in the salad, this lady has a way with her fresh produce.

Another one of these people is my friend Monica, who, bless her heart, brought me this salad and a lasagna right after I had my baby. The lasagna was very good, but you guys….this salad was AMAZING. It was unique because the combination of ingredients within the salad was something I’ve never had before. So many different textures and flavors going on but it was the parsley dressing that made this salad so incredibly good.

Who knew, right?! Parsley? In salad dressing?

Yes, it’s a thing and yes, it’s good.

Now, this isn’t the *exact* recipe, but more of a copycat version made from my hazy, post-baby, exhausted, doped up memory of what Monica brought meย that Sunday night. I did ask her for the recipe, but got a wicked craving for it impatient and less than 24 hours after asking, made my own version.

YOU GUYS. It’s good. The candied walnuts, blue cheese and dressing are what take this salad over the top.

Even my husband was like “this cheese in this salad is amazing!” –>coming from a man who hates smelly cheese! #miracle

Here’s how to make it:


So, the first thing you’re going to want to do is grab a high powered blender to make the salad dressing. I used this Mini WildSide Jar with my Blendtec Blender…the perfect size for smaller quantities!

Blender with greens in it

Into your blender, add in some parsley. 3 cups loosely packed. This is a parsley dressing after all.

Blender with greens and garlic in it

Add in some garlic,

Squeezing a lime

lime juice,

Pouring Oil

olive oil,

Blender with greens and other ingredients in it

sugar, salt and pepper.

Oh, and I added vinegar too. Lets pretend I didn’t forget to take a picture of that step.

Blender with greens in it and other ingredients

So, now comes the fun part…add the lid and blend!

Blended greens in the blender

You can’t tell but this blender is on, working it’s magic ๐Ÿ™‚

Blended greens in the blender

30 seconds later and we have some awfully green, awfully amazing dressing.

Monica Salad Dressing

So, grab your dressing and assemble your salad.

The Monica Salad

Into a large bowl {or two}, add in some lettuce, mushrooms, gorgonzola cheese, candied walnuts, red onion, avocado and celery. Weird combo, I know, but trust me! It’s good.

The Monica Salad

Drizzle with the dressing and get ready to LIVE. Forreals.

The Monica Salad Dressing

Store any extra dressing in an air tight container in the fridge.

Printable recipe below, friends! Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

The Monica Salad

A yummy salad topped with candied walnuts, blue cheese, avocado, mushrooms, red onion and drizzled with a parsley vinaigrette.
servings 4 side servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins


For the parsley vinaigrette:

  • 3 cups curly parsley loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large clove garlic chopped roughly
  • 1/3-1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 5 oz pre washed lettuce I used a super greens blend
  • 1 ripe avocado diced
  • 4 large baby bella mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely diced
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped candied walnuts plain walnuts are ok too!
  • 1/3 cup crumbled gorgonzola
  • 1 stalk celery finely diced


  • Place all ingredients for dressing into a high powered blender. Blitz until completely smooth. You may need to shake the blender a time or two to get things moving and drizzle in an extra tablespoon of olive oil. Once completely smooth, set aside.
  • For the salad, add pre washed lettuce to a large bowl. Top with remaining ingredients and then drizzle generously with dressing. Serve immediately.


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 706mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4159IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: monica salad

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244 Responses
  1. CarolH

    I will make a (slightly) modified version of this salad dressing. I haven’t bought a bottled dressing for a few years now. Love homemade dressings.

    And love your beautiful family photos as well

  2. Monchel

    The first thing I’d make in my Blendtec blender and Mini WildSide Jar is a delicious green goddess smoothie! This seems perfect for making a single serve breakfast on the go!

  3. Sheila Best

    This salad looks amazing. I make one that is similar but different…
    I add sliced Bosc pears and don’t add the avocado. The dressing sounds delicious. I look forward to trying it. Thanks.

  4. Monica Mathias

    The first thing I would make in my new Blendtec Blender using the Mini WildSide Jar is the Monica Salad dressing!!! Then onto smoothies for breakfast every morning!

  5. Kathy McGinnis

    I would make the parsley dressing for the Monica salad! I wish I had the ingredients on hand so I could make it for this mornings breakfast!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. MJ Pleskac

    If I were to win this awesome blender, the first item prepared would be the Monica salad dressing as it would be a tasty addition for my healthy diet plan.

  7. Kjirsten Flores

    I’d make homemade redpepper cashew dip! And then this parsley dressing—-holy wow that’s gotta be flavor-town!

  8. Elly

    That green dressing is absolutely gorgeous – I wish I had yarn that shade. I’d blend up that great-looking dressing in between knitting something beautiful!

  9. Chelsea Sutton

    I think I need to make this salad dressing as soon as I get this blender (please, please, pretty please). Then, I think I want to try it with cilantro. I’d get it all to myself then…Milkshakes for dessert!

  10. Robin Bryant

    The first thing I make would be smoothies. Hubby and I are addicted to them! Would love to with. This blender and put my old delapeted one to rest!

  11. Sarah Scott

    I have dreamed of the different type of creations I would use the blendtec for! I think I would have to try your yummy sounding parsley vinnaigrette first since I have yet to make my own salad dressing!

  12. Lorena Leach

    I would make banana ice cream. You know the one where you blend frozen bananas until smooth. Maybe add a couple chocolate chips at the end for a frozen banana effect. ????

    Thanks Lauren for all your wonderful recipes! Your littles are gorgeous!!!

  13. Kathy

    Wow!!! What to make first, that is a hard choice. I love me some salads and this salad looks awesome AND spring is almost here (salad time definitely)…so, the dressing wins first place. BUT the smoothie is always good so that comes in as a very close second. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

  14. Kathryn Carter-Lower

    I would love to make this parsley dressing in my Blendtec Blendar, using the mini wildside jar. Parsley is refreshing, I can imagine how fresh and amazing this would be. i also blend a lot of soups as my husband has had strokes and make sit easier for him to eat.

  15. Jerri

    At the top of the recipe, you listed blue cheese. Is the gorgonzola the same thing? What is the difference? Taste? Not a lover of blue cheese.

  16. Lorinda

    Definitely the parsley dressing. I love salads and am always looking for new dressings. I’ve already printed out the recipe. Bring on the Blendtec and company!

  17. Tammy

    We love green protein smoothies in the mornings with lots of spinach and frozen fruit! I’d love to try them out with a high powered blender like this!!

  18. Katherine H

    With the Blendtec Blender using the Mini WildSide Jar, I would make homemade hummus! I’ve always wanted to try making it myself ๐Ÿ™‚