Salad

12 Bright Salads for Spring

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April 30, 2014

We believe in eating spring with abandon. The minute winter slips away, we’re dreaming of asparagus on our plates and pea shoots for days -- atop sandwiches, in stir fries, and woven around forks. But most of all, we celebrate the season simply, with a dozen bright salads.

On these sunny days, your vegetables doesn’t ask for much. You can blanch them if you like, but they are just as happy sliced or shaved raw. They’ll be the tender side salad, the midday bright spot, the hearty dinner. Throw in a zippy dressing or a handful of soba -- and if you come home with too many fava beans, they’ll take those, too. No matter how you toss it, your salad can’t help but sing of springtime. So take out your biggest salad bowl -- we’ll meet you at the farmers’ market.   

Asparagus with Young Garlic and Horseradish by Amanda Hesser

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Pea Shoot and Baby Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette by Merrill Stubbs

 

Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za'atar by Shruti Jain

 

Shaved Asparagus and Mint Salad by Meatballs&Milkshakes

  

Radish Salad with Anchovy Sauce by Amanda Hesser

 

Spring Soba Noodle Salad with Fava Beans by Gena Hamshaw

 

Spring Salad with Asparagus and Soft-Boiled Eggs by Girl Farm Kitchen

 

Potato Salad with Arugula and Dijon Vinaigrette by Merrill Stubbs

 

April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing by Genius Recipes

 

Smoked Lentil Salad with Sriracha Miso Mayonnaise by NBrush

 

Make Your Own Avocado Caesar by inpatskitchen

 

Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles by Poppies and Papayas

 

7 Comments

Matt L. May 7, 2014
These look like beautiful spring salads, and fantastic photos. I'd love to learn to take food photos like that. I've been busy making this salad relentlessly for spring - it's my absolute favourite http://timedeating.co.uk/persian-salad/ ?
 
Mark H. May 4, 2014
Well done. I love noodle salads! Here's my fav....<br />http://www.pinterest.com/pin/553802085401163606/
 
Amanda S. May 4, 2014
I love you guys and I always love your recipes (and the photos that go with them! Best foodporn.....that being said, a bowl of noodles is not a salad to me. Although the mint and asparagus salad looks extra tasty!
 
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Lisa S. May 4, 2014
Thanks, Amanda! Happy cooking (or salad tossing)!
 
nonniedb May 4, 2014
I can only count eleven salads. I wonder what I am missing.
 
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Lisa S. May 4, 2014
We were too excited about those salads! Thanks for catching -- we added in one of our favorites: http://f52.co/SpAJjK
 
Didi May 3, 2014
Two of my favorite salads.<br />http://cookingwithmrc.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/easter-rainbow-salad/<br /><br />http://cookingwithmrc.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/tortellini-apple-salad/