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Guide to Spring Salads and Vinaigrettes

Guide to Spring Salads and Vinaigrettes

Whether as a side or a main course, I LOVE creating spring salads. In spring, some common salad ingredients such as tomatoes and cucumbers aren’t yet in season—but that shouldn’t hold you back from creating something delicious! Here are some of my favorite ingredients to use in spring salads:

  • Butter crunch lettuce
  • Fresh spinach
  • Pea pods
  • Pickled beets
  • Shredded carrots and parsnips
  • Sliced radishes and white salad turnips
  • Black beans (fresh-cooked, not canned)
  • Green onions
  • Toasted almonds
  • Dried cranberries
  • Fresh spring herbs (parsley, chives, dill)

If you want to grow some of these spring crops in your garden or in containers on your deck or patio, see Growing Spinach, Grow Great Lettuce, Growing Peas, Growing Carrots and Triumphant Turnips.

For salad dressing, I definitely ditch the ranch and other common, store-bough concoctions, and instead opt for fresh vinaigrette. To make a great vinaigrette, experiment with these ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Different vinegars (red wine, balsamic, cider, etc.)
  • Honey or agave nectar
  • Fresh minced garlic
  • Seasonings (some of my favorites: onion powder, ground mustard, ground ginger)
  • Dijon or spicy mustard
  • Fresh salt and pepper

For more details, see Spring Vinaigrette Recipe, and for a really unique salad dressing blend, see Rhubarb Vinaigrette Recipe.

Have fun creating delicious, healthy salads! What do you like in your spring salads, and what are your favorite salad dressing recipes?

Photo by Emily Heller

Related: Enjoy Healthy, Tasty Spring Asparagus, 4 Delicious Recipes for Spring and Italian Spring Soup Recipe

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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9:34PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

9:44AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Sounds good,thanks for sharing

7:42AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Delicoius, thanks.

6:52AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Yummy thanks.

1:16AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing

6:36AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Thanks.

6:09AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

sounds good, thanks for sharing

3:50PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

lovely ideas, thanks!

8:42AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Thank you

9:19AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Happy Easter

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