All you salad lovers, here’s the FRESHEST, BRIGHTEST, super light spring salad! A quick salad that is made from tender greens that marks the arrival of spring by flooding with it’s first spring produce. Go grab all the amazing produce that spring brings, we are making fresh spring salad!
Every season brings fresh seasonal produce. And the best way to enjoy these seasonal produce is eat it fresh, as it is, as FRESH SPRING SALAD!
I have a confession to make; I don’t do salads much. No, not that I don’t like salads, it’s just that I like my veggies stir fried. I usually stir fry almost all the veggies. So eating raw is once in a way affair at home. And it usually made just for me! No the herd at home, never ever touches salads! And it’s convenient for me to cook something everyone would eat, so salads don’t make it to my weekly menu.
But it doesn’t stop me completely from enjoying a bowl of salad. Especially when I spot fresh produce of spring in the market, i naturally get tempted to make fresh spring salad even if it’s just for me.
It’s effortless to make and so I don’t really mind making it. Just grab a bag of fresh spring produce of tender greens. Mix it up with any salad ingredients of your choice and enjoy it with a fresh and light vinaigrette like orange vinaigrette.
The other reason I don’t do salads too often is, I love big flavors and texture in my food. And for someone like me who loves spices, textures, salads are mostly BORING, unless the salad is served with a mind blowing flavorful dressing along with it which turns the boring salad to delicious one.
Now that is exactly what I did today. Got my hands on some fresh cute little baby radish plus a big bag of fresh tender salad greens. I so wanted to use in salad. And the challenge was to make the salad interesting with a simple yet delicious salad dressing. I used all healthy and pantry ingredients to make my salad dressing, nothing fancy! It has oranges with its peel, olive oil, cayenne pepper, white wine vinegar, salt, honey, fresh red chilies, and parsley.
Now we are talking flavors. Just what exactly I wanted.
Plus there is so much different textures going in here. Who wouldn’t want to grab a big bowl of this spring mix salad and enjoy the burst of freshness!
And to make everything a bit more interesting and maybe a bit unique, I added few soft boiled eggs to the salad. May not be your regular choice of protein when it comes to spring salad recipe, but it did work, for my liking and palate. Usually in spring salad recipe the choice of protein is boiled chickpeas if you’d like to make a balanced spring salad recipe. But boiled eggs, especially soft boiled eggs makes for a well balanced dinner meal!
What Is Spring Salad
Spring salad is bright fresh green salad made with all the beautiful produces that spring brings. You can use almost ALL or ANY spring produce you can get your hands on. Seriously, there is so much produce that spring brings, a single spring salad recipe with a fix set of spring produce is highly impossible to be called the right spring salad recipe.
You can use any produce spring brings and you could use any combinations as well. What ever you can get your hands on with spring produce use that to make your OWN version of spring salad recipe.
Just one thing to remember – a spring salad should have ALL THE FRESH GREENS! We are talking butter lettuce, baby lettuce, Dandelion greens, red romaine, baby spinach, radicchio, green romaine, red oak leaf, , red leaf, lollo rosso, escarole, arugula, red mustard, green mustard, red chard, frisee. Use a mix of any of these greens you can get it from the farmers market or your very own garden!
Salad Dressing For Fresh Spring Salad
Oranges and spring go hand in hand. We love orange vinaigrette dressing for for fresh and bright spring mix salad recipe.
It’s simple yet delicious salad dressing. I used all healthy and pantry ingredients to make my salad dressing, nothing fancy! It has oranges with its peel, olive oil, cayenne pepper, white wine vinegar, salt, honey, fresh red chilies, and parsley.
A salad dressing can’t get any easier than this one, chop parsley and red chilies, and add all the ingredients in a bottle, shake it well. Your delicious and healthy, no fat salad dressing is ready.
It’s got…the flavors! My kind of flavors!
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Fresh Spring Salad
For orange vinaigrette dressing-
- 1 orange juice and skin grated- make sure not to grate deep inside the skin, as the deeper you go the peel gets bitter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon red chili finely chopped
- 10 baby radish
- 1 small cucumber
- ½ cup red lettuce leaves
- ½ cup asparagus blanched in water for about 5 to 7 minutes or roasted in a teaspoon of butter
- 2 soft boiled eggs
- Handful of micro greens optional
For the salad dressing(Orange vinaigrette) –
- Grate the skin of orange and collect ½ teaspoon of the peel. Squeeze the juice from the orange. Chop fresh red chilies and parsley fine. In a bottle add all the ingredients cover with the lid tight and shake it well for few minutes. You healthy delicious orange vinaigrette is ready.
To assemble the salad –
- Chop the veggies into small bite size pieces. Add all the veggies into a large salad bowl. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to the veggies. Toss gently with hands.
- Transfer the salad into serving dish. Place soft boiled eggs on top. Pour the orange vinaigrette dressing and serve immediately.
“PIN IT” TO YOUR SALAD BOARD