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


Paul Girardin
Paul Girardin3 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Sounds good,thanks for sharing

Mia Reh
Mia Reh3 years ago

Delicoius, thanks.

Tanya W.
Tanya W.3 years ago

Yummy thanks.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago


Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

sounds good, thanks for sharing

Sheri P.
Sheri P.4 years ago

lovely ideas, thanks!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

yana dimitrova
yana dimitrova4 years ago

Happy Easter