Say Hello to Spring With These 12 Healthy Salad Recipe
April 21, 2016
Enjoy spring greens, like spinach, romaine, and arugula in your crunchy springtime salads
Say Hello to Spring With These 12 Healthy Salad Recipes
Spring is in the air, and with that comes arugula, spinach, avocado, mangoes, fava beans, sweet peas and lots of greens. There is nothing like a fresh salad, especially when the weather is starting to get warm.
Typically a salad is served before the main entrée, as a main course itself, or as a side dish accompanying the main dish. You can always use a little zesty flavor in your life, which is complemented perfectly in combination with a salad, especially because it comes from the Latin word salata, which means “salty.”
Salads have multiple benefits as well, including vitamin sources of A, C, and K, in addition to minerals, such as iron and calcium. Salads are paired nicely with wine. If the salad has seafood or poultry with a cream based dressing, it goes well with a riesling or albarino. Pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, and other white wines go well with lemon dressings.
For crisp, crunchy spring salads to try this season, check out our roundup of 12 salad recipes perfect for lunch on a warm, spring day.
Australian Pea Salad
Take a trip down under with this Australian pea salad! It switches up the typical salad, which is certainly refreshing! The peas, red pepper, and water chestnuts bring a savory flavor to life. You mix mustard, dill, yogurt, and salt and pepper together to create a nice dressing texture and flavor.
This avocado salad steals the spotlight! Who doesn’t love avocado? This delicious spring salad includes avocado, arugula, and parmesan cheese, creating a tasty contrast of flavors! You can add chicken to it and almonds as well. There’s just so many ways you can have it! Enjoy!
Bibb Lettuce Salad With Blue Cheese and Candied Pecans
This delicious salad is famously made at the Sea Fire Grill. However; if you can’t make it to the restaurant you can just make it at home yourself! The balsamic dressing complements the cheese, cranberries, and pecans nicely. It adds crunch and zest to the lettuce. Plus, who doesn’t love blue cheese?! Indulge in this classic favorite, you deserve it!
Butter Bean, Tuna, and Celery Salad
Sometimes spring salads have a simplistic charm. This salad proves that! With an appropriate combination of tuna, butter beans, and celery — mixed in with lemon juice, chives, and Dijon mustard vinaigrette — it packs a punch. An added bonus: It only takes 20 minutes to make!
My Big Fat Greek Salad! This classic, light, and tasty Greek salad can be a side dish or an entrée depending on how you dress it up. You can add chicken or shrimp to it to make it an entrée, or leave them out and keep it as a side dish or appetizer. The savory feta cheese, onion slices, tomatoes, and cucumbers go smoothly with the fresh mint. Indulge in this classic salad that is sure to please!
Photogenic Shaved Zucchini Salad (Made for Instagram)
It’s a colorful, pretty salad, which is why it’s called the Photogenic Shaved Zucchini Salad. Trust us, it tastes as good as it looks. The cheese, tomatoes, and ribbons of zucchini create a beautiful and delicious salad.
Plentil Fattoush (Israeli Salad) With Lentil Chips
There is nothing like a Middle Eastern dish in the spring and summer! This fattoush proves it. This dish is allergy-friendly and full of spring vegetables! (Which is just what you need this spring season.) It contains parsley, tomatoes, plentils, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and cider vinegar. It tastes like spring!
Spicy Chicken & Strawberry Salad
Who doesn’t love strawberries? This salad tastes like spring. It features crisp, fresh, strawberries and tender, crunchy, chicken. When fruit is in season, you have to utilize it and take advantage. This is the season we have all been waiting for: strawberry season! The crumbled blue cheese, diced avocado, and fresh strawberries pair together gorgeously. This is a salad that can serve as a meal!
Spinach Cranberry Salad
This spinach and cranberry salad is just what you’ve been craving this spring! It has feta cheese, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and spinach all whipped together to create a light dinner or a delicious and healthy side dish.
Strawberry, Cheddar, and Chive Spring Salad
Sharp Cheddar cheese, sweet strawberries, and savory lemon dressing create the perfect spring salad. The chives added in give it the crunch you’ve been missing! This salad is a healthy choice as well; it contains loads of vitamins and calcium.
Tofu and Quinoa Salad
‘Tis the season for quinoa! Right now healthy quinoa is all the rage. This salad features tofu, bell peppers, pine nuts, corn, and quinoa. It looks so colorful and cute! It has some major benefits as well, such as the fact it is cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat. Who says salads that taste good have to be fattening and unhealthy? This proves that stigma to be false!
Tuscan Bread Salad
Mangia! Spring time calls for panzanella, also known as Tuscan Bread Salad. This goes great with any Italian dish that you are preparing, and it’s perfect for the warm-weather months. It contains bread, anchovies, cherry tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, cucumber, onion, capers, garlic, and basil. Plus, red wine vinegar and olive oil give it the light flavor that this season calls for! We swear you’ll feel like you’re Under the Tuscan Sun. Make this and you can live la bella vita!