Fresco Salad

Make Chili's favorite lunch salad, Fresco Salad, at home in just 5 minutes!

Let's welcome Spring with a crunchy and vibrant queso spring salad!

Chili's Fresco Salad - A crisp spring greens salad topped with queso fresco and lite coated in honey-lemon dressing! This is, THE simplest 6 ingredients salad recipe ever! It will brighten up any plate of food, bring some vitamin C, and calcium to the meal, and crunchy greens and lemon flavors will make meal more delicious!

Even though breakfast is called most important meal of the day... In my home, dinner is one such meal which we take time to cook... and eat. Just like chili's, I love serving greens or I should say, all veggie and crunchy salads on the side.

Little thoughtful addition of greens/raw veggies on plate works at many levels:

1) Their beautiful color brightens-up plate of food.2) The Vitamin C, A, Es, calcium, and chlorophyll benefit health. 3) Refreshing dressing adds zing to the overall meal. pure yum!

Few days ago.. while eating at Chili's I realized their fresco salad is the star of every plate. That connected me to my home cooking, where salad is part of our lunch as well as dinner. I wanted to share with...

Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time:
Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 4 Servings Serves: 4



  • 140 Grams Spring Greens Mix (5 ounce package, or use mix of arugula, mustard and watercress )
  • 1/3 Cup Queso Fresco
  • Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 Cup Lime (juice)
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • Toppings, optional

  • Croutons


  • 1. Honey-Lime Vinaigrette: To make vinaigrette dressing, in a bowl, add all ingredients but olive oil. Now, whisk the mixture while adding oil at slow stream to emulsify the dressing. Set aside.
  • 2. In a salad bowl, add spring green mix. Drizzle half of dressing on top. Toss gently. Add queso fresco and croutons, and serve! Enjoy! Serve remaining dressing on side.
    Additional Notes:
    If serving later, only add dressing just before serving or greens will start getting soggy.

Savita's Notes:

If serving croutons on salad, you can buy garlic or herb crouton from store. Or if you have some day old bread leftover? You can also make some at home.

To make croutons, Preheat oven at 400 degree Fahrenheit. Spread cubed bread on a sheet tray. Drizzle olive oil on top. Season with garlic powder, generous 2-3 pinch of salt and black pepper. Bake until brown and toasted. (10-12 minutes). top on salad! Enjoy!

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