iStock_000020715102SmallSpring is a great time for food. New fresh produce is growing, the sun is shining, and it’s the perfect weather for a delicious salad. Salads don’t have to be boring and bland. So why not try kicking it up a notch with these mouthwatering and healthy salad recipes?

Spring Salad with New Potatoes – This yummy salad from Smitten Kitchen features hearty potatoes, pickled onions, crisp radishes, sweet peas, and asparagus. Toss it all in a savory whole mustard vinaigrette and you’ve got yourself the perfect weekday lunch for home or work.

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato and Feta Salad – Refreshing watermelon and ripe tomatoes combined with the saltiness of creamy feta not only make for an eye-catching salad, but a tasty one as well.

Herb Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing – This might seem like a non-fancy salad – and it is – but its beauty lies in its simplicity. Fresh herbs and lettuce are dressed in a lovely and tangy lemon dressing and garnished with slightly bitter radish for a perfect side salad.

Spring Greens with Roasted Chicken – Wondering what to do with your leftover roast chicken? Wonder no more. Toss it into this ultimate spring salad filled with greens, strawberries, nuts, and Gorgonzola cheese. Packed with protein and nutrients this dish is hearty enough to stand on its own.

Shaved Raw Asparagus with Parmesan – Asparagus is the vegetable of spring, so why not make use of it in its most natural form? By shaving it into beautiful thin slivers and tossing with savory Parmesan, lemon juice and olive oil, you’ve got yourself a star-worthy side dish.

Couscous Salad with Zucchini and Roasted Almonds – Heart-healthy couscous pairs with farmer’s market zucchini, peas, roasted almonds, and a host of fresh herbs to create this delicious protein-packed salad that’s just perfect for a sunny picnic. Want even more protein? Toss in some diced grilled chicken on top.

– Esther Carlstone


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