The Best Mouthwatering Spring Salads

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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.

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 favorite spring salads:  Melon Salad, Corn Salad, and Strawberry Broccoli Salad.

Mouthwatering spring salads in a 8 photo collage

The Best Mouthwatering Spring Salads

Spring salads are my absolute most 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 and warm menus 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 spring salad recipes! I made sure to include all different kinds of them 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 will be 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 berfore serving time!
  • Mixing: You want to be sure to add the dressing to the spring salad at the last minue. 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 will need to add more if you put it on too soon.
  • Substituting: The great things 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!
  • 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! 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 seperately. Place them 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. Place in the refrigerator up to 5 days.
  • 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.

Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This fresh asparagus salad is one of my favorites and I can't wait to show you how to make it. With lemon vinaigrette dressing drizzled on top this salad has a light and flavorful crisp crunch in every bite.
Ingredients: bunch asparagus, spinach, radish, cherry tomatoes, peas, red onion, feta cheese, olive oil, juice of one lemon, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper

Easy Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

Easy Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad is full of fresh summer veggies, salami, and tortellini pasta. It is tossed in a zesty italian dressing and is always the hit of the potluck!
Ingredients: refrigerated tortellini (I used spinach and cheese), cherry tomatoes, cucumber, olives, mozzarella cheese balls, italian salami, Italian salad dressing, grated Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, paprika, celery seed, garlic powder

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

My all time favorite salad that is filled with fresh strawberries and avocado and has a creamy poppyseed dressing on top!
Ingredients: baby spinach, fresh strawberries, Large avocados, sliced almonds, feta cheese, mayonnaise, 2% milk, Sugar, cider vinegar, poppyseeds

Antipasto Salad Recipe

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!
Ingredients: romaine, green olives, medium black olives, cherry tomatoes, mini pepperoni, jarred roasted red peppers, Genoa Salami, mozzarella cheese balls, artichoke hearts, provolone cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, Italian seasoning

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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.
Ingredients: pasta, mixed olives sliced, jar sun dried tomatoes, salami, feta, english cucumber, baby kale, olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh oregano, lemon, garlic cloves, pepper, sea salt

Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Arugula Salad

Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Arugula Salad is fresh, delicious and light and packed with amazing flavor! Tossed in a tangy lemon glaze and topped with feta cheese, you won't be able to get enough!
Ingredients: avocados, english cucumber, roma tomatoes, red onion, arugula, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, feta cheese

Grilled Caesar Salad

Grilled Caesar Salad with leafy sections of romaine seared on the barbecue to create a lightly charred texture then drizzled in homemade dressing.
Ingredients: mayonnaise, lemon juice, anchovy paste, dijon mustard, minced garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese, romaine, croutons

Greek Broccoli Pasta Salad

Greek Broccoli Pasta Salad combines tender fusilli pasta with fresh vegetables and a tangy herb dressing. This is the perfect dish to serve with grilled meats, or pack for a picnic or barbecue!
Ingredients: rotini pasta, broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, diced green bell pepper, diced red onion, kalamata olives, crumbled Feta cheese, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, minced garlic, dried oregano, kosher salt, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil

Honey Lime Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

A delicious and bright fruit salad made with fresh fruit and a delicious honey lime poppyseed glaze to go on top!
Ingredients: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, kiwis, mangoes, Honey, Lime Juice, poppy seeds, Fresh Chopped Mint for garnish

Best Ever Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad is filled with mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries, coconut, and marshmallows and mixed in a fluffy cool whip! This is a potluck classic!
Ingredients: cool whip, sour cream, (15 ounccan mandarin oranges, chopped fresh pineapple, maraschino cherries, marshmallows, shredded coconut, pecans

Tuscan Pasta Salad

Tuscan Pasta Salad is an easy pasta salad with sun dried tomatoes, peppers spinach, and olives tossed in a tangy dressing. This pasta salad is perfect for your next potluck!
Ingredients: bowtie pasta, jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil, red bell pepper, can sliced olives, spinach, basil, grated parmesan cheese, olive oil, white vinegar, water, salt, sugar, dry oregano, dry basil, garlic, black pepper to taste

Cranberry Cheesecake Fluff

A creamy and delicious cheesecake fluff salad with cranberries and walnuts. It is so easy to make and a must make for the holidays!
Ingredients: package fresh cranberries, sugar, can crushed pineapple, walnuts, mini marshmallows, cream cheese, heavy whipping cream

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad! This pasta salad is loaded up with fresh mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, and coated with an easy to make homemade pesto sauce made with fresh basil and garlic.
Ingredients: fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic minced, grated parmesan, Fusilli pasta, Prepared Pesto Sauce, Italian dressing, diced cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olives, raisins

Creamy Poppyseed Fruit Salad

Creamy Poppyseed Fruit Salad is made with delicious mouthwatering fruit and tossed in a creamy poppyseed dressing. This will be a hit at your next potluck!
Ingredients: strawberries, large mango, kiwis, blackberries, blueberries, lite mayonnaise, low fat greek yogurt, lime juice, sugar, poppyseeds

Greek Tzatziki Pasta Salad

Greek Tzatziki Pasta Salad is a delicious pasta salad with fresh cucumbers, kalamata olives, and cherry tomatoes. It is tossed in a tangy tzatziki dressing and is perfect for your next potluck!
Ingredients: 16-oz. package penne pasta, pitted kalamata olives, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, low-fat plain Greek yogurt, olive oil, chopped fresh dill, lemon juice, salt, freshly ground pepper, garlic clove

Blackberry Lime Fruit Salad

Blackberry Lime Fruit Salad showcases tons of fresh, summer fruit and has a delicious easy dressing. Refreshing, light, and sweet, this fruit salad will be eaten in no time!
Ingredients: orange juice, orange zest , juice and zest from one lemon, juice and zest large lime, honey, vanilla extract, poppyseeds, mandarin oranges, , fresh strawberries, kiwis, seedless grapes, blueberries, mangoes, blackberries, raspberries

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad is a delicious and refreshing side dish. All it takes is a handful of fresh simple ingredients and 5 minutes. This is the perfect addition to your next summer barbecue!

Ingredients: English cucumber , small red onion, plain Greek yogurt , lemon- zest & juice, fresh dill , garlic , kosher salt, Fresh cracked pepper

Summer Corn Salad

This Summer Corn Salad definitely can enjoyed all year round! It's a fresh corn salad made with onion, bell pepper, avocado, and corn! Fresh or frozen corn will work!
Ingredients: corn, olive oil, red onion, red bell pepper, avocado, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sugar, dijon mustard, juice from 1 lime, salt and pepper

Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon

Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon is 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!
Ingredients: peas, red onion, cheddar cheese, bacon, parsley, sour cream, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar

Very Berry Cheesecake Salad

Fresh berries combine with a creamy cheesecake fluff. This is so amazing and will be the hit of any gathering!
Ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, cool whip, berries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
Chilled cucumber tomato salad mixed up in a bowl

Chilled Cucumber Tomato Salad

Chilled Cucumber Tomato Salad is a refreshing salad made with fresh ingredients that can be enjoyed all year round. It’s fast, easy, and can be made ahead which makes it perfect for potlucks and brunches!
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, ground Black Pepper, Chilli Flakes, chopped Basil, chopped Parsley, Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, Cucumbers, large Red Onion, Salad Dressing

Updated on May 22, 2020

Originally Posted on April 6,2016

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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