Spring is just around the corner, and that means the planet is serving up some perfectly in-season ingredients for delicious salads. After many months of hearty root veggies and roasted proteins, your body may be looking for a little bit of a break. Astringent, bright and light vegetables that pop up in spring do just the trick.
Whether you’re looking for a dinner-sized salad or something quick and easy to pack for work, these food bloggers have compiled some of the most inventive and nourishing combinations to kick off spring.
Hit up the farmers market (no parka required, hurray!) and get chopping!
1. Little Gem Spring Salad with Toasted Seeds and Herbed Goat Cheese
This bright beauty from Snixy Kitchen is packed with texture, not to mention protein, from seeds and a tangy goat cheese to keep you full. Take advantage of little gem while it’s in season.
2. Spring Veggie Salad with Creamy Avocado Ranch
Great for vegans and non-vegans alike! Kitchen Treaty has thrown in snap peas, asparagus, green onions and radishes — all brilliantly in-season — with a zippy avocado dressing that will convince you it’s full of dairy when it’s entirely milk-free.
3. Grilled Eggplant Mint Salad
A great use for flavorful mint and new baby eggplants, we’re a little obsessed with Sidewalk Shoes’ creative springtime combination. This dish also contains halloumi and a good amount of grilled fennel on top of the mint, eggplant and honey-pepper drizzle. Sounds amazing, right?
4. Spring Vegetable Grain Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing
We can’t wait to make this delicious-looking, hearty but light dish from Greens N’ Chocolate. Any light grain will do, gluten-full or gluten-free, whatever your preference. If you love asparagus and garlic, this one’s for you.
5. Balsamic Blueberry Salad
Alida’s Kitchen’s perfect spring salad is just sweet enough to help break up the end-of-winter ‘blahs’ and celebrate the start of spring. Swap out the greens for whatever you have handy.
6. Spiralized Cucumber Salad with Chia Strawberry Vinaigrette
If your spiralizer has been in hibernation all winter, now is the time to bring it out. Food Faith Fitness’ inventive pile of veggies is topped with omega-packed chia and a beautifully blended strawberry dressing. It’s hydrating, nourishing and detoxifying. You need this in your belly ASAP.
7. Roasted Carrot Salad with Feta and Dill
Need a use for the last of winter’s carrots in the crisper? Neighborhood Food Blog’s inspiring roasted carrot salad will pair perfectly with the new crop of dill coming up. For extra spring bonus points, look for a fresh feta from a local farmer to complement this toothsome, unique salad.
8. Spring Berry Salad with Lemon Verbena Vinaigrette
No matter what kind of salad you’re throwing together for spring, Oh My Veggies’ lemony dressing is perfect to pair with berries, nuts, peppers and bright greens. Citrus is a great astringent fruit, great for breaking up the remnants of winter. Plus, with a little salt, it creates an explosion of flavor that will amp up any veggie-based meal.
9. Fennel and Radish Citrus Salad
Three of spring’s finest ingredients — fennel, radish and orange — combine in this light dish from Tasting Page, a great side to pair with fish or poultry, or to top with roasted tofu.