3 Fresh Spring Recipes for Salads

Are you looking for some fresh spring recipes? Salads offer so much flexibility and diversity that they are always a good choice for something fun and fresh. Salads can be very healthy as well. Salads can be quick, easy, affordable, and...

Are you looking for some fresh spring recipes? Salads offer so much flexibility and diversity that they are always a good choice for something fun and fresh. Salads can be very healthy as well. Salads can be quick, easy, affordable, and most off all, taste great!

Are you convinced that a salad is right for you? Here are three recipes that might be the perfect addition to your spring menu:

Raspberry Spinach Salad
Raspberry Spinach Salad

Raspberry Spinach Salad

This is a tasty and unique salad that would be a great addition to any meal.

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces of fresh spinach
  • 1 quart of rinsed and sliced raspberries
  • 1/4 cup almonds blanched and slivered
  • 1 tablespoon of minced onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl mix together everything EXCEPT the strawberries, spinach, and almonds. Then put the bowl in the refrigerator.
  2. Place the spinach in a bowl and sprinkle with the strawberries and almonds.
  3. Pour the dressing made in step 1 over the salad. Chill the salad for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  4. Add grilled chicken or shrimp to have a full dish.

Keep in mind that you can adjust the quantities in this recipe if you don't care for the taste. You could even try using romaine lettuce instead of spinach. Also, you can use store bought dressing, or try making a different type of vinaigrette if you do not like this one.

Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad
Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad

Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad

Here is a salad of a different type. This recipe might be a great option for those who don't like traditional types of salads. It is pretty easy and very tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
  • 1 package (16 oz.) of bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/3 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add the sesame seeds and stir until toasted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Boil a lightly salted pot of water. Add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked how you like it. Drain, rinse under cold water until cool, and then place in a large bowl.
  3. In a jar or bottle with a tight lid, combine: vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ginger, and pepper. Close the jar or bottle and shake well.
  4. Pour this mixture over the pasta.
  5. Carefully toss the pasta to mix well.
  6. Mix in the chicken, cilantro, and onions gently.

BBQ Ranch Salad
BBQ Ranch Salad

BBQ Ranch Salad (plus customization suggestions)

This salad can be very fun and a great addition to one of those early bbqs! It is also very easy to make, it is really just a basic tossed salad with the fixings of your choice plus some extra add-ons.

  1. Chop a head of lettuce of your choice (iceberg, romaine, etc.). Or consider making a mix of various types of lettuce, spinach, and other greens.
  2. Add chopped fresh tomatoes, diced onions, sliced cucumbers, or other vegetables.
  3. Mix one serving of ranch dressing in a small bowl. Add a small amount of BBQ sauce into the dressing and mix. This will give the ranch dressing a 'pop' of BBQ flavoring.    Note: It doesn't take much to get the BBQ flavoring, so don't add too much. The dressing should still be white-ish colored or perhaps light orange.
  4. Another option for this salad is to use leftover BBQ chicken in the salad to make a great 'left over' lunch and use up the rest of that uneaten chicken!

Customization options:

One great thing about this particular salad is that there is so much room for changes. Don't like tomatoes? No problem, leave them out! Consider these additions to your salad:

  • croutons
  • black olives
  • jalapenos
  • banana peppers
  • shredded cheese
  • sprouts
  • different types of dressing
  • hard boiled eggs

Please contact us for more fresh and fun spring cooking ideas!