9 Seasonal Spring Salads to Eat Right NOW!

Are you ready to make the most of spring vegetables? These succulent spring salads will have you dishing up seconds.

Spring brings such a welcome bounty of veggies, after a winter of mostly eating cooked, dark leafy greens. Bring on the lighter lettuces, stalks of asparagus and sweet carrots!

salad dressing in a jar

Quick Tips for Flavorful Salads

As the salads below will prove, salad doesn’t have to be a chore to eat. Forget the boring bowl of iceberg lettuce, and pile your salad high with flavorful dressings and toppings to take it to the next level.

The Dressing

Sure, classic oil and vinegar is fine in a pinch, but that’s hardly the beginning and end of your options. Try an easy blender salad dressing, like creamy tahini-miso or tangy red plum-basil vinaigrette, on your next bowl of greens.

The Toppings

When it comes to toppings, think beyond the veggies. Sure, onion and carrots add a nice flavor and crunch, but don’t stop there! Add fresh corn for some good texture and a hint of sweetness. Or toss on a handful of your favorite nuts or seeds. Fresh or dried fruit also add interest to your salad bowl. And, of course, don’t skimp on the avocado!

collage of spring salad recipes: kale broccoli salad, spinach strawberry salad, Swiss chard salad, pea shoot salad

Spring Salad Recipes

If you’ve been missing crunchy bowls of salad veggies, these fabulous spring salads are just what you need to celebrate this season!

1. Raw Artichoke Salad

Buttery, bitter arugula and earthy artichokes are a delight in garlicky, lemon vinaigrette. Don’t worry if you’ve never prepped a raw artichoke before. It’s not very difficult, though you do need to budget some time to do it. If you’re in a real hurry, drain a can of artichoke hearts instead.

2. Crunchy Kale Broccoli Salad with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts

Spring broccoli is tender and perfect for serving up raw. My easy kale broccoli salad only takes about 10 minutes to make. Sweet, dried cranberries and balsamic vinegar and crunchy macadamia nuts are a perfect contrast to the bitter green veggies.

3. Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Spinach-strawberry salads are synonymous with summer, but spinach starts to come into season in the spring. If you can get your hands on some early strawberries, this salad is calling your name! Cadry’s recipe includes pistachios to add some protein and crunch to this classic dish.

4. Massaged Swiss Chard Salad

Are you sick of kale salads? Try this light, spring salad made from raw, massaged Swiss chard instead! It’s got crunchy pumpkin seeds and sweet golden raisins to contrast with all of that green.

5. Pea Shoot and Sweet Potato Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

If you stumble upon pea shoots at your local farmers market, snatch them up! They are tender-yet-starchy with a hint of sweetness, and they really shine in this salad recipe. The ginger dressing uses pickled ginger for a milder heat and an extra tang – it’s really lovely!

image collage of spring green salads: asparagus farro, green lettuce, Nicoise, spring salad

6. Asparagus and Arugula Farro Salad

This salad is positively packed with spring veggies! Asparagus, arugula and radishes are perfect tossed in creamy tahini dressing with homemade vegan feta to top it all off.

7. Hearty Nourishing Greens Salad

Bring on the GREEN! If you really want to get down with those good, seasonal lettuces, this spring green salad has you covered. Romaine and butter lettuce tossed with asparagus and broccoli are perfect finished off with homemade Green Goddess Dressing.

8. Spring Nicoise Salad

Sure, a classic Salade Nicoise includes tuna, but this vegan version is so packed with flavor, you won’t miss the fish. Spring radishes team up with summer vegetables, like green beans and cucumbers, for a hearty late-spring salad.

9. Super Spring Salad

This salad recipe is truly spring in a bowl. Tender lamb’s lettuce, bitter salad cress, tender asparagus and spicy radish shine in a simple, lemon dressing. To really up the ante, top this off with the optional edible flowers!

All images via recipe authors, used with permission.

45 comments

Sarah A
Sarah A6 days ago

thanks for posting

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O8 days ago

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O8 days ago

Spinach and strawberry salads are synonymous with summer? I have never heard of them. For goodness' sake stop wildly overgeneralising.

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Jeramie D
Jeramie D10 days ago

Thanks

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Vincent T
William T11 days ago

Thanks for posting

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Kathy K
Kathy K12 days ago

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Hannah A
Hannah A13 days ago

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W13 days ago

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Richard E C
Richard E Cooley14 days ago

Thank you.

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Carole R
Carole R14 days ago

Delicious ideas. Salad for dinner tonight.

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