This isn’t your standard boring green salad and just might end up being your favorite! The curry balsamic dressing is all kinds of delicious – try it today!
I know right now you probably have some doubts about how well curry and balsamic can possibly go together, but you’re going to have to trust me on this one. They’re a match made in salad dressing heaven, oh so tasty!
We normally don’t keep bottled salad dressing around and just whip up a small batch of balsamic dressing whenever the need arises. Balsamic dressing is great an all, but sometimes my taste buds just crave something a little bit different. Something a little exotic even. In comes curry to save the day!
I warned you a while back that I have been on a curry kick and I didn’t lie when I said I was adding it to EVERYTHING. I made this salad to accompany some saucy Indian curry and after getting rave reviews, made it a few more times. At this point, its a staple in our house, and whether there’s curry to pair it with or not, its always a welcome accompaniment to any meal.
You can even add beans or chicken and call it a whole meal. As with most salads, the customization options are truly limitless.
If you’re intimidated by the thought of making your own dressing, its a lot easier than you think. Mine typically come together in about 3 minutes using a mason jar to speed the mixing up. I feel like such a cliche for my over use of mason jars, but they’re just so darned convenient. And cute. I like these half pint jars best, but really any small container with a tight fitting lid will do the trick.
I find the ’emulsify by shaking’ method a bazillion times easier than actually pouring the oil in while whisking at the same time. My multitasking skills just aren’t up to snuff when it comes to that kind of coordination and I hate having gross, separated salad dressing. If you don’t make salad dressing this way, give it a try. Its super duper easy.
With salad season right around the corner, its about time to up your salad game and branch out from the basic. If you’re looking for other salad ideas, this strawberry balsamic and this lemon kale salad are some of my absolute favorites. Regardless of the salad you choose, have a great week and enjoy the spring weather if you’ve got it!
- 6 cups salad greens
- 1 1/2 cup grapes (halved)
- 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1/2 of a red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
- 1/2 of a medium avocado (cubed)
- 1/3 cup feta cheese (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tsp. honey (or agave)
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- 1 tsp. dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
- 1 Tbsp. minced red onion (can use 1/4 tsp. onion powder instead)
- Toss salad greens, grapes, pine nuts, bell pepper, and avocado together.
- Add all dressing ingredients to a small container with a tightly fitting lid (I use a mason jar) and shake to mix well.
- Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat before serving.
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Comments & Reviews
I went a slightly different direction with this but hear me out. I did a warm “salad” with wild rice, roasted sweet potatoes and kale. I added a pinch of ginger and cayenne to the dressing and it was absolutely wonderful! The dressing is outstanding and can be used on anything! Definitely my new favorite dish!
We loved this salad. I did leave out the sweetener. I loved the flavor without it. I also added squeeze of fresh lemon juice. I will definitely make it again.
I’m happy to hear it was a hit! 🙂
Bethani Johnsen says
Googled what salad would go good with chicken curry, and this popped up. Wow! It was delicious It was definitely a crowd pleaser! Will definitely make this again!!
For me the salt was overwhelming, and the rest of the flavour wasn’t that good either. Sorry. Won’t make again.
I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like it Amy!
Priyanka Rajwar says
Made this today. Turned out really well. Nice twist with the curry powder n onions.
The curry powder just adds such an unexpected flavor for a salad – we love this recipe too!
Had at a friends home. Yummy!!!! Got the recipe and am on my way to store to get ingredients I don’t already have.
I love salads so any new one is a treat.
Yeah!! We love this one too. Its a nice break from your standard salad. 🙂
Made this for a pot luck dinner. The host served a chicken curry and this paired perfectly with it. All 8 of us loved this recipe. Thank you.
Oh that makes me so happy to hear! It sounds weird putting curry powder in salad but somehow it just works!
Holy moly this was SO delicious!!! I found it when I googled a salad that would go with butter chicken. My family wanted more salad, less chicken. I doubled it and will have to quadruple it next time. Thank you! Already sent the recipe to my best friend:)
This review makes my day Danielle!! I’m sooo happy you loved the recipe!
What can I use if I don’t have curry powder? I’m indian and I generally stock all the spices !
Oh gosh, I don’t know what to recommend since I haven’t tried subbing it with anything! I just found this recipe for homemade curry powder though in case that helps! 🙂 https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/home-mixed-curry-powder-251024
Susan grimley says
I was delighted with this salad as were all my family who are fussy. The textures and colours of the mix with the flavour of the dressing was spot on. Ive shared recipe with anyone who listened
Haha, sounds like me – sharing recipes with anyone that will listen! So happy that you liked it Susan!
DUDE! This dressing is AMAZING! I’ve copied it down in my recipe journal for permanent rotation. Thank you so much!
Soooo happy you liked it!!! It was a random recipe and I wasn’t sure if it would turn out good but I ended up loving it too! Not much of a surprise – curry is always a win for me!
Reah Idris says
If you were to say use a cup of balsamic vinaigrette how much would you add to blance it out? Making a salad for 50 people?
If you click on the serving number where it says “4” you can update to “50” and it will update all of the ingredients to scale to that amount. Hope everyone loves it! 🙂
Reah Idris says
I already made it and bootlegged the amount and it was DIVINE!!!! I didnt use the salad recipe, it was the dressing I was after and it delivered!!!!
Yessss!!! That makes me so happy to hear! 🙂
Random google search for a salad to serve with chicken curry brought me to this one. It was sooooo good! I was caught by surprise how yummy it was. I did have feta but no avocado, also used sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts and omitted the onion from the dressing.
Will definitely make again! Thanks for sharing!
It goes great with curries! So happy it worked for you. 🙂
This was delicious!
Awesome! Thanks so much for letting me know!
Made for a dinner party. It was a hit! The dressing is fabulous! Just the right blend of balsamic vinegar and curry. Will definitely make again.
Happy to hear it Mags! Such a random combo but I thought it turned out absolutely great too!