The very first spring harvest brings us strawberries, peas, radishes, arugula, asparagus and more. It’s the perfect time of year to revamp your diet and start eating a little healthier. I know salads get a bad reputation, but people who think salads are boring probably aren’t making them right. There’s a lot more to a delicious and nutritious salad than dumping lettuce in a bowl. I like to get creative with my salads, and I’ve come up with a few great combinations that are anything but boring.
Here are our favorite early spring salad recipes to get you started. Good luck!
1. Strawberry Cucumber Salad
This lovely salad is so easy, and thanks to the strawberries, there’s even a good chance your kids might eat it!
2. American Potato Salad
The peppery radishes are just the right counterpoint for America’s favorite creamy salad. Potato salad is welcome at every summer meal. It’s hearty and flavorful and compliments anything BBQ or grilled. It’s one of the few salads that can be made the night before because it doesn’t wilt. Take it to your next backyard cookout or make it for your family for dinner.
3. Asparagus, Tomato and Feta
Asparagus is another miracle of spring. If you don’t grow it yourself, head to the store to buy fresh stalks. It’ll make the perfect addition to your salads, and you won’t be able to enjoy it 100% fresh for much longer. You might as well take advantage of it while you can.
4. Arugula, Pesto, and Tomato Salad
This is one of my favorite spring salad recipes to date. It’s fresh and crisp, and the mozzarella gives it an extra great taste. If you can, use fresh ingredients to get this salad’s full worth.
5. Cucumbers with Peas and Mint
This salad is simple and perfect for those spring days when you don’t want to put a lot of work into making a healthy meal. You can use fresh ingredients, but frozen peas will work just as well. The ingredient list is short and simple, and adding the dressing gives you a nice zing of flavor.