For many people the best part about spring is the fresh flowers, for others it is the warm weather and longer days, but for salad lovers, the best part about the season is the early spring veggies and the fresh and delicious tastes they bring to the table. Some of the earliest foods to come out of the garden include kale, fiddleheads, radishes, beets, carrots and spinach. You can broil them, cut them up for soup, but the best way to enjoy these fresh from the garden vegetables is in a crisp salad. The following are some delicious spring salads to try.
Zesty Lemon Spring Salad
The early spring vegetables seem to taste amazing with a dressing with a bit of zing. Try tossing a salad r with a mix of arugula, finally chopped radishes, grated carrot, and a little bit of green onion. Then take your favorite ranch dressing, either store bought or your own recipe and add the juice of half a lemon. You will be amazed how the lemon brings out the flavors of these yummy garden treats. If you prefer your dressing less zingy, try using an orange in place of the lemon. You still accent the flavors of the salad but it is a little less tart.
Strawberry and Spinach Salad
Combine strawberries – an early fruit, with spinach – an early vegetable and you get a salad that will have your entire family at the table early. Add in some chopped egg, some toasted almonds and a bit of crumbled feta and you have a salad that is a meal in itself. For the adults, the inherent sweetness of the salad completed nicely with a garlic or onion based dressing. If you have kids, you might want to try a fruit vinaigrette dressing. To make any type of fruit vinaigrette simply combine in a blender, your fruit of choice, and then add equal amounts of honey, vinegar and olive oil. Blend on high until it reaches the desired consistency.
Warm Asparagus and Fiddlehead Salad
You know the warm weather is here when asparagus starts showing up in the grocery stores. Though a less common vegetable, fiddleheads also pop out of the soil around the same time as asparagus and the two vegetables taste great combined in a warmed salad. This easy salad makes a great first course for dinner, and is a lovely lunch served el fresco on the patio. The recipe is simple. Chop washed vegetables into bite sized pieces and saut? together in olive oil until they reach your desired tenderness. Put cooked veggies in a bowl and toss them with a bit of pressed garlic, lemon and parsley. Serve with a piece of whole wheat bread then sit down and enjoy.
Spring is the perfect time to indulge in healthy eating habits. With fruits and vegetables in such tasty abundance, now is the time to leave those heavy calorie laden meals to the cold months and embark on a lighter more nutritious eating plan. With delicious salad ideas like those listed here, eating well is easy.