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Spring salads are fresh, colorful, and full of flavor! This amazing roundup of incredible recipes is perfect for springtime, barbecues, and potlucks. With how delicious they are, you’ll forget you’re getting your daily dose of fruits and veggies!
I love springtime because you start to see the fresh ingredients making their debut again for the year! They are so versatile and delicious. Start by trying these tried and true spring salads: melon salad, corn salad, and strawberry broccoli salad.
The Best Spring Salads
Spring salads are my absolute favorite way to incorporate fresh ingredients into my meals! There are so many different options and it can either be the best supporting role or the star of the show! The spring sunshine just makes me want to change up from fall and winter soups to fresh, chilled ingredients! Lighter meals that include lots of fruits and veggies really hit the spot! These recipes are absolutely divine. When you see the variety and how to mix some of these unusual flavors and ingredients together, you will be shocked at how tasty they are!
Spring salads have come a long way from plain greens and only a few types of dressing options. I wanted to round up some of my very favorite salad recipes for you to try- it’s fun to switch things up! Especially when you’re trying to eat clean. I made sure to include all different kinds of salads so that no matter what you are in the mood for, you will definitely find something that you love! Whether it’s a fruit salad, a pasta salad, or a green salad, you really can’t go wrong! Spring salads are not only tasty and delicious but they are gorgeous too. Full of amazing color and flavor, they’re sure to be a hit at any meal or potluck!
Salad Tips and Tricks
I love that I can have a spring salad all on its own or I can add it to my meal. Here are a few tips for making the most of your salad and keeping the ingredients fresh and delicious!
Chopping: The fruits and some vegetables can brown and even lose their flavoring once sliced and added into the salad. Because of this, make sure that you don’t cut things up too much before serving time! If you’re making a salad ahead of time, add a squeeze of lemon juice to it. This will slow down the oxidization process.
Mixing: You want to be sure to add the dressing to the spring salad at the last minute. In a green salad, dressing can cause it to go soggy if the dressing is on it for too long. In a pasta salad, the pasta absorbs the dressing and you ill need to add more if you put it on too soon.
Substituting: The great thing about spring salads is how versatile you can make them. If you don’t have some of the fruits and veggies that the recipe calls for, see what you have in your fridge or your garden! You can add and take away the ingredients that you prefer and really make it a salad just for you that you absolutely love!
Salad Mixing Bowl: When you are mixing your salad, don’t underestimate that they get big and fast! Make sure you mix it in a large bowl! This way, you can avoid a mess of salad spilling over. When you use a large mixing bowl, none of your ingredients are left at the bottom, unmixed and without any dressing!! You can always transfer it to a smaller serving bowl later.
Storing a Spring Salad
Salad leftovers are so delightful! In a few cases (especially pasta salads!) they are even better the next day! Each salad is different so make sure to follow the tips on the individual recipe. But here are a few overall ideas for storing your salad!
Making it Ahead of Time: Prepare and add all the ingredients together and toss in a bowl. Make the dressing and store it separately. Keep both in airtight containers in the refrigerator and mix the salad and the dressing just before serving.
The Dressing: The dressing can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days.
In the Refrigerator: Spring salads are best stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Once the salad is already tossed together with the dressing it will last in the refrigerator 24 hours. Keeping the dressing separate will help the salad last 2 to 3 days longer, however, it is still best fresh.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
4.78 from 9 votes
Strawberry spinach salad is a perfect combination of fresh spinach, juicy strawberries, crunchy onions, and soft feta cheese; all tossed together with a creamy poppyseed dressing! All the flavor, texture, and deliciousness in one bowl!
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
5 from 8 votes
Fresh strawberries, sliced avocados, slivered almonds and feta cheese all tossed together with a homemade poppyseed dressing. This strawberry avocado spinach salad is so fresh and delicious and is a recipe that everyone will be raving about!
An Antipasto salad is filled with sliced meats, soft cheeses, green and black olives with bright red cherry tomatoes that is simple to toss together and enjoy in a homemade light lemon olive oil dressing. This is an Italian salad that everyone loves!
This easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad recipe is a twist on the classic, and includes exciting ingredients like sun dried tomatoes, kale, and salami. It is sure to become your new favorite pasta salad, and for good reason.
Honey Lime Poppy Seed Fruit Salad is a blend of all your favorite fruits with a sweet and zesty dressing to make each fruit burst with flavor! Add color and flavor to your table with this light and refreshing side.
This classic and simple arugula salad will elevate any meal! With only a few ingredients, it comes together quickly and the flavors of the arugula, Parmesan Reggiano, and lemon vinaigrette really shine together.
Creamy Pea Salad with Baconis a popular southern dish that is filled with crunchy peas, crispy bacon, chopped red onions, and cheddar cheese. This is an easy to make side dish that is perfect for your next potluck!
Nothing beats a fresh and healthy watermelon arugula salad in the summertime! The sweet watermelon is a surprising complement to the peppery arugula, creamy feta cheese, and balsamic glaze. Don't knock it until you try it!
Welcome to my kitchen! I am Alyssa Rivers and the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic. The blog launched in 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family. Each recipe is tried and true, family-tested and approved.