Who else is ready for some fresh recipes?! After subsisting on winter soup for the months on end, I’m ready for some light, crisp – and most importantly easy – recipes I can make in under 15 minutes (the mama struggles are real friends).
Enter the salad. We’re only days away from moving into our house and I will soon be standing in my dream kitchen (!) and I cannot wait to get back to cooking. Or in this case, chopping. It will take some time to dig out my pots and pans of course. To get ready, I’ve made the rounds of my fave food blogs and have bookmarked the following five spring salad recipes. I have a feeling they are going to be on heavy rotation as we unpack.
We’re all familiar with a charcuterie board (I hope you’ve seen our very popular one), but how about a veggie smorgasbord? Instead of salami, pack your board with a mix of farmer’s market fresh produce for a bright and colorful set up. Add in sides of almonds, crackers and a good dip or two – this board features spinach hempseed pesto and white bean dill. It’s the perfect way to do girls night without overindulging, even with that second (or third!) glass of wine.
Salad for breakfast?? Don’t mind if I do. This Persian dish is gorgeous with basically zero prep required. Simply top lebnah with feta, sprinkle liberally with herbs and pair with fresh veggies, fruit and pita. See ya later pancakes.
When you’re in need of a little extra protein, just add poke – aka ahi tuna – to your salad. This one-bowl meal is like sushi deconstructed, sans rice. While you can certainly follow the recipe, you can toss in virtually anything you have on hand and still come up with something yummy. I think I just found my new go-to lunch.
It’s officially asparagus season – one of my favorite times of the year – so make this recipe as often as you can this month. This salad combines asparagus with one of my other favorite spring veggies – fava beans. People are often intimidated by them, but with just a little extra effort, fava beans are a delicious addition to basically anything. And any salad topped with a touch of cheese is a winner in my book.
What are you salivating for this spring? Any new food blogs providing you with endless recipe inspiration? Leave your favorite tips in the comments below.