GFF’s House Salad

My mother, Faith Winthrop, is the reason GFF exists. Through cooking, cooking classes, restaurant excursions, and the purchase of fine ingredients through my upbringing, she inspired me to a life of the celebration of food and cooking. When she passed away in 2019, we gave away at her celebration of life, among other things, a recipe card for this recipe, her house salad. It’s the salad of my youth and of my today and it’s gorgeous in its simplicity. It also happens to be a gluten free salad. Add to it what you will. It’s a foundation for everyday greatness yet perfect as is. –Erika Lenkert, editor-in-chief

GFF’s House Salad

This salad reminisces the simply soulful flavor of legendary San Francisco jazz singer Faith Winthrop’s cooking. Add a smidge of crushed garlic to the dressing if desired, but definitely toast extra walnuts; stored at room temperature in a tightly sealing container, they’re great to grab and use anytime.

Servings 4
Calories 227 kcal


  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 cups mixed spring lettuce
  • Flesh of 1 avocado cut into cubes
  • 12 cherry tomatoes


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Let cool.

  2. In a salad bowl, use a fork to whisk together the oil, vinegar, and mustard. Season to taste with salt. Add the lettuces, avocado, walnuts, and cherry tomatoes. Toss to coat and serve.

Nutrition Facts
GFF's House Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 503mg14%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 4518IU90%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Salad Photography Erin Ng

2 Comments on “GFF’s House Salad”

  1. Avatar for patlordan

    I tried to pin this recipe and the photo didn’t pop up for saving on Pinterest.
    Thanks for all the great recipes!

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