4 Fresh Spring Salad Recipes

4 Fresh and Seasonal Salads for Spring

One of my favorite things about spring is the fresh lettuce at the Farmers’ Markets and all the amazing flavors of fresh vegetables and herbs.

In the winter, we focus a lot on seasonal product and consume a lot of seasonal vegetables: mainly broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, tubers, etc.

When spring finally arrives, we are all excited for fresh berries and greens. These are a few of my favorite spring salad recipes for spring. Please share your favorite salad in the comments!

1. Spring Salad with Honey Mustard

Spring Salad- Chicken - Goat Cheese- Strawberries-Pecans-Honey MustardI was so excited when a local farmer started selling his homemade goat cheese at our farmers’ market. I can now get all of the ingredients for this salad (one of my all time favorites) locally and inexpensively in season. It tops fresh greens with grain free breaded chicken, fresh strawberries, pecans, goat cheese and dried fruit with a honey mustard dressing. Kid and adult favorite at our house!

Here’s the recipe.

2. Fish Taco Salad

Fish Taco Salad RecipeFor years, I refused to try fish tacos because I couldn’t imagine how it could possibly be good… I finally tried them in college when they were the nightly special at favorite restaurant and I absolutely loved them.

After going grain free and vegetable oil free, flour tortillas weren’t on the menu, but I still occasionally craved the flavors of fish tacos. This salad was my solution. We top it with baked fish, fermented beets or sauerkraut for a kick, and avocado. I also sometimes add fresh sour cream or raw cheese.

Fish Taco Salad Recipe

3. Color Burst Salad

Asian Color Burst Salad RecipeEver eaten at a Japanese restaurant where they serve salad with a ginger dressing? I loved that dressing and figured out how to recreate it at home with fresh ingredients. It inspired this salad which I often use to eat leftover meat. I top fresh greens with leftover chicken, sunflower seeds, fermented beets or sauerkraut and raisins and it makes a delicious and fresh meal. I’ve even eaten this one for breakfast.

Color Burst Salad Recipe

4. Cucumber Salad Recipe

summer cucumber and onion salad recipeThis recipe is best a little later in the season when cucumbers are in season. I make this often in the spring and early summer and bring it to pot lucks and picnics. It is a healthier take on the traditional cucumber salad and it combines cucumbers and red onions in a sweet vinegar marinade.

Cucumber Salad Recipe

What is your favorite salad? Share below!

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  1. My favorite salad:
    Hearts of palm
    cranberries
    Gorgonzola cheese
    toasted almond slivers
    artichoke hearts
    tomatoes
    cucumber
    and mixed greens.
    This is so good you don’t even miss the salad dressing!
    (Oh, and I signed up for the newsletter too)

  2. I also really love a salad with:
    spinach
    feta
    tomatoes
    cucumbers
    onion
    and red or yellow bell peppers.
    If I have left over meat from dinner, then I will add that to the salad as well.
    Some times, simple can be delicious

  3. My Salad
    Assorted greens
    cucumbers
    cherry tomatoes
    onion
    carrots
    any fruit I might have on hand
    feta cheese
    bacon bits
    sunflower seeds
    Dressing of choice

  4. This one seems to be a favorite for this summer.
    mixture of baby spinach and romaine
    tomato
    cucumber
    red onion
    grilled chicken
    uncured nitrate free bacon
    hard boiled egg
    cheddar cheese

    Dressing of choice, mine is a honey mustard.
    also as organic as you can get 🙂

  5. Another salad I just made the other night and it was FABULOUS was a chicken salad

    chicken breast
    roasted red bell pepper
    cherry tomatoes/grape whatever you find at the farmer’s market
    green bell pepper
    1/2 a red onion chopped

    dressing is garlic, white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.  Chill and serve on lettuce cups (butter lettuce is what I used).  

    I am for sure making this often this summer.  Yum, yum!

  6. I love the classic spinach salad
    Spinach
    Bacon
    Blue cheese
    Hardboiled egg
    Apple
    Pecans

  7. I just found your blog and I’m loving it so far! 
    My favorite salad is smoked salmon, avocado, spinach, lemon juice, cucumber, olive oil and salt.

  8. I signed up for the newsletter.  My favorite salad has greens, tomatoes, cukes and hard boiled eggs.

  9. My favorite salad is:

    mixed baby greens
    shredded chicken
    chopped walnuts
    strawberries
    balsamic vinegarette

    • sounds yummy!!

  10. One of my Favorite Salads is:
    Romaine Lettuce, baby spinach
    Grilled chicken with homemade cajun seasoning
    Pico de gallo : avocado, lime, onion, tomatoes, green bell pepper, garlic- finely diced- with an optional dash of sea salt and pepper (all of these minus the avocado, fresh from the garden if possible!)
    a mix of asagio (sp?) shredded hard cheeses
    topped with  homemade cilantro lime dressing- olive oil, honey, lime juice, ginger, cilantro, garlic- processed in a blender.
    I can give the appropriate specs if any of you would like the recipe!

    • I’d love your dressing recipe! Thanks!

    • I would love the recipe for the Cilantro Lime Dressing including appropriate specs pleese!

      • hi!! sorry it took me so long to look at this!  Here is the Recipe: 1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped, 1 clove garlic, 3/4 tsp minced fresh ginger root, 1/4 cup lime juice (fresh lime preferrably), 1/3 cup honey, 2 tsp basalmic vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste, 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves and 1/2 cup evoo (extra virgin olive oil).

        Place the jalapeno pepper, garlic clove, and ginger into a food processor or blender (or mince by hand); pulse until the jalepeno and garlic are finely chopped. pour in lime juice, honey, vinegar, and salt. Add the cilantro leaves; pulse a few times to blend. turn the food processor or blender on, and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until incorporated into the dressing. Season to taste with salt before serving.

        Enjoy! it is really yummy! oh, it will separate in the fridge. Just shake before serving. thanks!

  11. I forget I also add peppers, tomatoes, & cucumbers from the garden

  12. Tuna-Apple-Avocado Salad
    1 can tuna
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    1 tsp fresh dill
    1 red pepper, chopped
    ½ onion, chopped
    1 avocado, mashed.
     
    Combine all ingredients and serve on fresh lettuce.

  13. I have just eaten a delicious ‘warm’ salad:
    Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, fresh fennel and loads of extra virgin olive oil all mixed together.
    Fry red onion, courgette (zucchini) and shredded chicken (I had boiled mine) with butter and chilli flakes.
    Add the hot food to the cold food and squeeze fresh lemon over it.
    Emma

  14.  My favorite salad is
    red or orange peppers chopped
    chopped cucumber
    cherry tomatoes
    celery
    cubed cheese (of choice)
    mushrooms(optional)
    Drivel with vinegar and oil generously and season with salt pepper and garlic mrs dash

  15. Tuna Salad-
    Organic bibb,leaf,red leaf.or romaine lettuce (I love the red leaf)
    Wellness Mama’s Homemade Mayo
    1 can tuna,drained and shredded with fork
    celery seed
    garlic powder
    sm. amt of diced onion
    salt and pepper to taste
    grape or roma tomatoes (I cut mine lengthwise)
    1/2 med cucumber
    1 or 2 hard boiled eggs finely chopped(mix with tuna or around tuna on lettuce)
    shredded carrot
    grated raw cheese (cheddar or choice)

    layer with lettuce, tuna mixture (tuna, celery seed, garlic powder,onion and mayo,salt and pepper to taste),with tomatoes,cucumber,eggs,carrot and cheese decorated around tuna on lettuce bed. Enjoy!!

  16. Grilled Chicken Salad
    Grilled chicken, cubedBibb, red leaf and spinach
    Grape or cherry tomatoes
    Purple onion
    Grated carrot
    Diced hard boiled egg
    Raw, straight or crook neck squash, deseeded
    Green pepper
    Red pepper
    Yellow Pepper
    shredded raw cheese
    Salt and Pepper
    Raspberry Vinegarette Dressing

    We have found raw yellow squash to be quite tasty!!Enjoy!!

  17. forgot the broccoli.

  18. My favorite salad is
    Mixed spring greens
    cherry tomatoes
    sliced almonds
    red bell peppers
    either shredded chicken or tuna
    drizzle of good quality balsamic and olive oil

  19. My favorite salad is:
    spinich
    grilled chicken
    goat cheese
    red onions
    pecans
    dried cranberries
    with my fav salad dressing by Braggs
    Thanks!

  20. Another new favorite salad is:
    english cucumbers
    red onions
    dill weed
    tomatoes
    All sliced thin,
    then add a little mayo
    (your recipe found on this site, of course!)
    salt and pepper
    Let it sit for a few hours,
    Yummy!