Easy and Fresh Spring Salad Recipes

2012 Oct 05 |  Written by:  | Tags: ,

Easy and Fresh Spring Salad Recipes, 4.0 out of 5 based on 5 ratings It’s the time to celebrate the best produce this season has to offer.

In line with this, we’ve rounded up 3 must-try easy salad recipes for spring! Let your senses go wild with the bright colours and freshness of these healthy and delicious combinations of fruits and vegetables.

Broccoli Florets with Grapes and Bacon

Healthy Broccoli florets

Broccoli florets, red grapes, and bacon may seem unusual when put together for a salad, but hey, it works.

The diverse flavours complement each other, and the bright-green of the broccoli looks delish alongside the red of grapes and craisins.

Serves: 8

Tip: To keep the crunchiness of bacon strips, add them just right before serving.

Ingredients Salad:

  • 12 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 heads broccoli, florets only
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds

Ingredients Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp white sugar

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  2. Add the broccoli florets and cook for half a minute.
  3. Drain and plunge florets into a bowl of cold water.
  4. Drain and let cool.
  5. In a large serving bowl, combine bacon, broccoli florets, celery, onions, grapes, craisins and almonds.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar.
  7. Pour dressing over salad and toss to mix well.
  8. Chill thoroughly before serving.

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Even spinach snobs won’t be able to say no to this strawberry and spinach salad with a sweet, tangy dressing! Poppy seeds are added for extra crunchiness.
Serves: 4

Note: This salad is best eaten immediately.

Ingredients Salad:

  • 1 bunch spinach, rinsed
  • 10 large strawberries, sliced

Ingredients Dressing:

  • 2 large strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onions
  • 1/4 cup toasted, sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine spinach and strawberries.
  2. In a blender, blend strawberries, sugar, salt, vinegar, and oil until smooth.
  3. Add the poppy seeds and mix well. Pour dressing over the spinach and strawberries.
  4. Toss to coat.
  5. Optional: Top with feta, provolone, or parmesan cheeses.

Asparagus Salad with Spring Onion and Parmesan Cheese

Asparagus is perfect for salad

The colour of this asparagus salad represents the whole range of veggies out in farmers’ markets this season! Coated with a tangy lemon and olive oil dressing, this asparagus salad is not only tasty and simple, it’s also ideal for the health-conscious!

Serves: 6

Ingredients Salad:

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and sliced thinly
  • 3 spring onions, trimmed and shaved

Ingredients Dressing:

  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  2. Add asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  4. Dry using paper towels.
  5. In a bowl, mix together asparagus and spring onions.
  6. Add olive oil, lemon juice and zest. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Top with shaved parmesan cheese before serving.
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    2 Responses to Easy and Fresh Spring Salad Recipes

    1. Rosemary  says:

      These recipes sound delicious, except for the obscene amount of sugar in the first two!!!

      • Zye Angiwan  says:

        Hi Rosemary, thanks for spotting that – should be 1/4 tsp and not 1/4 cup. We’ve changed it. Cheers!

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