Best of Spring Salads

The showstopper ingredients of spring are no doubt fresh fruits and vegetables. With abundant blue, red, yellow, and other brightly colored fruits and vegetables, you can create healthy and delicious salads packed with nutrients. Combine spring produce with other nutritious options like chicken breast, white fish, lean beef, beans, and nuts to create hearty, well-rounded salads.

Sweet, juicy strawberries complement salty, tangy feta and crunchy candied pecans in Cooking Classy’s recipe for Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans, Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette. If you want to prepare this salad ahead of time, prep the ingredients and store them in separate containers, then toss them together right before eating. This salad is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

The Beach House Kitchen’s Mediterranean Cucumber Salad is simple food perfection. This salad will complement chicken, meat, or fish and is an excellent example of a heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet dish. Some key components of the Mediterranean Diet include eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts; replacing butter with olive oil; flavoring foods with herbs and spices instead of salt; limiting red meat; and eating fish and poultry twice a week. It’s time to take your taste buds to the Mediterranean with this fantastic warm-weather salad.

Add depth and flavor to spring salads with grilled vegetables. The dry, high heat caramelizes the vegetable’s natural sugars, intensifying their sweetness, and imparts that wonderful grilled smoky flavor. This Italian-style Grilled Vegetable Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing from Taste of Home will become a new favorite for your spring menus.

Our Arugula, Avocado & Grape Salad combines savory and sweet flavors and textures, making it a great salad when you’re in the mood for something different. The peppery and slightly bitter taste of arugula complements the sweetness of the grapes. Avocado, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, and red onion each add a delicious layer of flavor to the salad. The olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing adds a tasty tang.

Spring salads provide fresh flavors that will liven up any meal and are a great way to improve your diet.