National Pistachio Day | Herb Salad with Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette – The Foodie Patootie

National Pistachio Day | Herb Salad with Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette

Herb Salad via | #salad #healthy #recipe

I work at my favorite grocery store of all time, Publix. We currently operate in the southeast and being that I’ve never lived elsewhere, it’s the only grocery store that I’ve known my whole life. My dad worked for Publix for many years and I helped open a store as a cashier when I was 16. I made so many friends there and Publix was a source of happiness for me.

Three years later and I made my single biggest regret. I left Publix to pursue other job opportunities because I was young and dumb and didn’t realize what a career with Publix meant at that time. Since then, I’ve been vying to get back in at the Corporate level and I finally did it last year. Hooray for me! After all that time I’ve remained friends with those at the retail store where I worked. Most of them are still working for Publix, albeit in different positions, and really excelling.

Herb Salad via | #salad #healthy #recipe

The store that I worked at has a cooking school called Aprons (they also have tons of recipes that you should check out!) and during my time in retail, the Store Manager allowed me to cook breakfast for associates on those early mornings I was there before the store opened to customers. I told you it was like a family.

Now, I am sometimes able to attend classes for free if there has been a cancellation. I do my blogger (and lover of Publix) duties, being sure to instagram and tweet all of the delicious dishes I’m eating. One such dish was this Herb Salad.

At first I thought consuming a bowl of herbs would me too much. I am sensitive to the flavors of the ones featured here and I was so sure that it would be the most overpowering salad ever. It turned out to be my favorite Publix Aprons dish I’ve had. At that class, we had this salad with a grilled lobster tail on top, but this time I decided to sprinkle pistachio nuts for National Pistachio Day!


National Pistachio Day | Herb Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Publix Supermarkets
Prep time:
Total time:
Adapted from Publix Aprons
  • 1/4 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley, leaves only
  • 1/4 cup basil, leaves torn
  • 1/4 cup chives, minced
  • 1/8 cup tarragon, leaves torn
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pistachios
  1. Make dressing by combining lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and mustard. Whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine the arugula and herbs in mixing bowl. Toss with dressing. Top salad with pistachios.

Tomorrow: National Chocolate Cake Day 


9 Responses to “National Pistachio Day | Herb Salad with Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette”

  1. Nichole C — January 26, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I love simple sides like this!

    • Jennifer — January 26th, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

      Me too! You just throw it together and voila!

  2. Krystal — January 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Obsessed. I love this one! It’s unique.

    • Jennifer — January 26th, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

      You would think that just having herbs for “salad” would be totally weird, but it’s delicious!

  3. Leslie — January 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Minus the tarragon (you know how I roll) this recipe is SO up my alley. Love an arugula salad and adding pistachios, basil, and a lemon vinaigrette makes it that much more enticing. Totally making this soon!

    • Jennifer — January 30th, 2014 @ 10:22 am

      I love it! I am not a huge fan of strong tarragon flavors either, but in the salad, I appreciate it.

  4. Megan — January 30, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Oh yum yum yum!!!! This salad is insane. On a young irresponsible note, I also made the same mistake as you. I worked at Publix from 16-18 and left because I wanted to work in a restaurant. Um…duh. Guess what – Gabe did the same exact thing. Yet he was at Publix for 5 years and was front office – left to be a bartender. I think all young Publix employees should get the “what not to do when you ‘think’ you are an adult” class.

    • Jennifer — February 1st, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

      I agree. I would be happy to facilitate that for those youngins’ out there. LOL


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