Quick and Easy

12 Bright Salads for Spring

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


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  • Matt Libling
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  • Amanda St Onge
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  • Didi
Lisa is a noodle fiend and a chocolate hoarder. She probably wants to make you cookies.


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....
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!
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.
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.