Need a spring salad? These recipes are bursting with the best seasonal produce: fresh lettuces, asparagus, radishes, and more.
In a season all about new life, what better to celebrate than a fresh spring salad? This season is bursting with new produce: tender green lettuces, spicy radishes, and vegetal asparagus. Throw them together with a tasty homemade salad dressing and you’ve got the green newness of the season…in a bite! Here are some of our top salad recipes for the season, starring everything from asparagus to romaine to butter lettuce to herby Green Goddess dressing.
And now…10 great spring salad recipes!
Try this refreshing Spring Romaine Salad! The electric green of the romaine leaves, pale green dressing and delicate pink radishes have a fresh monochrome effect tastes as good as it looks. The Green Goddess takes it over the top, slathering it all in herby, savory creaminess. To take it over the top, sprinkle with crunchy breadcrumbs, an ingenious alternative to croutons.
Want a spring salad that’s as tasty as it is versatile? Enter: asparagus salad! It’s got savory sauteed asparagus, cooked up in a hot pan for a few minutes then spritzed with lemon. Add that to a bed of greens and sprinkle with peppery radishes and salty feta cheese. A tangy Dijon mustard dressing tops off this spring stunner.
There’s nothing lovelier than the bright chartreuse of young lettuce leaves. Here’s a simple way to make it into an impressive spring salad: this Butter Lettuce Salad with Parmesan Dressing! These delicate lettuce leaves are irresistible coated in creamy, savory Parmesan dressing and topped with a few simple veggies and Parmesan shavings. A sprinkle of crunchy breadcrumbs seals the deal: you won’t want to put down your fork!
Carrot salad might sound humble, but it’s anything but. Serve this carrot salad to your friends and family, and they’ll be singing your praises! We know because after we made this at our house, it disappeared within minutes. It’s simple and refreshing, featuring strings of carrots doused in a a tangy Mediterranean-style vinaigrette.
Need a fast and easy spring salad recipe? Try this Spring Mix Salad! Grab a box or bag of spring mix at the store, and you barely need to think to make this salad recipe. We’ve customized it to be simple with items you might already have on hand. Add a quick homemade salad dressing, like a light and tangy vinaigrette which compliments the delicate leaves perfectly. You’ll go from zero to salad in no time!
Here's another favorite spring salad: this Radish Chopped Salad! The creamy blue cheese dressing perfectly complements the spicy radishes, and the flavors all meld together perfectly. They're served over a mix of chopped green cabbage and crunchy romaine lettuce, then topped with blue cheese crumbles. It's a fabulous compliment to any type of main dish!
Here's a springy salad that's all about contrasting flavors and textures! It features young spring greens, chickpeas, fresh dill, and ricotta salata cheese (or substitute feta crumbles). Add some sliced radishes and carrot ribbons and toss with an avocado oil and vinegar dressing. It's irresistibly fresh!
Another fun spring salad? This strawberry spinach salad! It starts with a tangy and lightly sweet strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing. Then you've got spinach, strawberries, and thin sliced red onion. Top it off with chopped pecans and a bit of salty feta, and you’ve got one extremely delicious and versatile side salad.
This salad has spring written all over it! Ever tried raw shaved asparagus? The flavor of asparagus raw and shaved is unlike anything you'd imagine: it's not bitter at all! Instead the flavor is lightly sweet and the crunch is refreshing. Here it's shaved with a vegetable peeler and then combined with olive oil, lemon juice and Parmesan into a salad that's incredibly flavorful.
Last up in our top spring salads: easy Arugula Salad! Introducing: the simplest arugula salad. It’s quite possibly the easiest salad recipe you’ll make! You don’t even have to make a salad dressing. In under 10 minutes, you’ve got an elegant salad that goes with literally everything. Dress baby arugula simply with olive oil and lemon juice, then add Parmesan shavings and thinly sliced shallots. Done! Simple, understated, and oh so good.
More for spring
Love embracing the season? Outside of these spring salad recipe, here are a few more seasonal spring recipes to use your produce:
- Try 25 Fresh Spring Recipes
- Go for this bright green Vibrant Spring Soup
- Bake up Carrot Cake Cupcakes
- Opt for Pasta Primavera
- Grab Asparagus Risotto or Roasted Radishes
10 Spring Salad Recipes
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
This spring romaine salad is simple and stunning! It pairs the refreshing lettuce with creamy Green Goddess dressing and crunchy breadcrumbs.
- 2 romaine hearts (about 8 cups chopped)
- 2 radishes, thinly sliced
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- ½ cup Green Goddess Dressing (or Cilantro Sauce for vegan)
- ¼ cup Italian panko*
- Parmesan shavings, for garnish (optional)
- Chop the romaine hearts. Thinly slice the radishes and shallot.
- Make the Green Goddess Dressing.
- Place the romaine on salad plates or a large platter. Top with the sliced radishes, shallot, and Parmesan cheese shavings. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with Italian panko.
*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. It has a crunchy texture which is more satisfying on salads (breadcrumbs are much finer with almost a sand-like texture). “Italian” means herbs and salt are added. You should be able to find Italian panko or plain panko easily at your local grocery store (often they also sell gluten-free). If all you have is plain panko, you can season it: mix ½ cup panko with ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon each dried basil and thyme).
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Raw
- Cuisine: Salad
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Spring salad
strawberry spinach salad, oh my, and the carrot salad too stand out for me, but would make every one of them! thank you