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
I 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!
2. Fish Taco Salad
For 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.
3. Color Burst Salad
Ever 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.
4. Cucumber Salad Recipe
This 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.
What is your favorite salad? Share below!