12+ Delicious Spring Salads

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    Arugula Broiled Lemon Salad

    Arugula Salad With Broiled Lemon. Photo © Molly Watson

    Extremely thin slices of lemons get sprinkled with sugar and lightly broiled, giving them a lightly candied edge as well as chewy browned edges, before being added to this simple salad of arugula dressed with a vinaigrette made from the juices the lemons give off when they cook. It's an elegant use of spring's peppery arugula and sweet lemons. On that note, if you have Meyer lemons, this Arugula Broiled Lemon Salad is a fabulous use of them.

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    Asparagus Butter Lettuce Salad

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    Butter Lettuce Asparagus Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    Raw asparagus and butter lettuce are tossed with a lemony vinaigrette and topped with mozzarella and pistachios in this very green, springy Butter Lettuce Asparagus Salad. The thinly sliced asparagus has a clean, fresh flavor that will be most delightful to those who've only had this spring vegetable cooked.

    If, however, you prefer your asparagus cooked, I love to play with the concept of the "warm salad" where vegetables are cooked, but then tossed in a dressing and treated much like...MORE their raw salad brethren, when it comes to asparagus. This Asparagus Cabbage Salad has a bit of hard-cooked egg on top for a sense of richness, and this Asparagus Ramp Salad uses plenty of ramps (a.k.a. wild leeks) for tons of flavor.

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    Avocado Grapefruit Salad

    Grapefruit Avocado Salad
    Grapefruit Avocado Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    Sweet and tart grapefruit sections, silky smooth avocado, and lightly crisp butter lettuce combine into an easy and delicious springtime Avocado Grapefruit Salad.

    Avocado is also delicious when paired very simply with thinly sliced fennel in this Fennel Avocado Salad, where the avocado becomes almost a dressing for the crisp, anise-like fennel.

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    Bistro Goat Cheese Salad

    Goat Cheese Salad
    Bistro Goat Cheese Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    This Goat Cheese Salad is a French bistro classic. The trick to getting the disks of breaded goat cheese beautifully browned without destroying the cheese is to deeply chill, even briefly freeze, them before cooking.

     

    Want a less labor-intensive goat-cheese hit? This Beet Goat Cheese Salad can be made with roasted or grilled beets and can be pulled together in a snap. (Don't like goat cheese? Find more Delicious Beet Salads here).

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    Farro Spring Salad

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    Farro Spring Salad. Photo © Molly Watson
    Farro - whole wheat kernels – is cooked and tossed with a light lemony dressing and plenty of spring vegetables – asparagus, peas, fava beans, and scallions – along with fresh herbs in this hearty and healthful Farro Spring Salad.
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    Fava Bean Pecorino Salad

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    Fava Bean Pecorino Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    This simple Fava Bean Pecorino Salad is a wonderful way to enjoy the fresh, spring flavor of fava beans. Fava beans and fresh pecorino cheese are a classic Italian preparation. Be sure to serve it by itself (maybe with a bit of bread) as a first course where the fava beans (and all the work that went into shelling them) can shine.

     

    See this Step-By-Step Guide to Shelling Fava Beans if you've never done it before.

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    Fennel Orange Salad

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    Fennel Orange Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    This Fennel Orange Salad is a traditional Sicilian dish and a perfect palate-cleansing course after a heavy meal or simply to welcome a simple spring meal. I suppose the olives and mint are optional, but for the life of me I can't imagine why you'd leave either of them out.

     

    You may also like a Fennel Mint Salad or a Fennel Meyer Lemon Salad.

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    Gingery Radish Salad

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    Gingery Radish Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    Toss thinly sliced radishes with freshly grated ginger and rice wine vinegar for the easiest - and most refreshing - of spring salads, Gingery Radish Salad.

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    Lentil Arugula Salad

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    Lentil Arugula Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    Lentils cooked until just tender and ribbon-sliced arugula are tossed with a simple vinaigrette and topped with a bit of feta cheese in this Arugula Lentil Salad.

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    Strawberry Hazelnut Goat Cheese Salad

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    Strawberry Hazelnut Goat Cheese Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    Creamy, sweet, nutty, and tart—this Strawberry Hazelnut Goat Cheese Salad has it all. Tangy goat cheese, juicy strawberries, and earthy hazelnuts are joined with a honey mustard balsamic dressing.

    Like the idea of using sweet strawberries in savory dishes? Me too. Try this Strawberry Orange Arugula Salad or Strawberry Chile Salsa, which I've been known to serve more as a salad or spooned over greens.

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    Strawberry Orange Arugula Salad

    Arugula Strawberry Orange Salad
    Arugula Strawberry Orange Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    Sweet strawberries and oranges get a savory treatment on a bed of biting arugula in this simple tossed Strawberry Orange Arugula Salad. Add a bit of spring onion, if you're so inclined. 

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    Vietnamese Spring Noodle Salad

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    Vietnamese Spring Noodle Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    The fresh herbs, tender lettuces, and sweet onions of spring make this Vietnamese Spring Noodle Salad delicious. It's also a snap to pull together for a quick dinner and endlessly flexible. Add tofu, such as Vietnamese Black Pepper Tofu, leftover roast chicken, or quickly sauteed shrimp - whatever you like. Top the salad with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce.