Whether you ushered in the first official day of Spring last week with warm temps and sunshine or your state is still stuck in blizzard-mode for a few more weeks, these bright, colorful, and fabulously fresh salads will help you get into the Springtime mood in a flash. Clementines, strawberries, blueberries, carrots, bell peppers, avocado, and cucumber? Don't mind if I do! With more fresh fruits and veggies at the supermarket (and lower pricetags to go with it) Spring is a great time to eat healthier and shed some of those winter-induced pounds. These salads and homemade dressings will help you do just that!
5 Fabulously Fresh Spring Salads:
Chinese Chopped Salad + Orange Sesame Dressing by yours truly.
A lot of people are scared of kale salad, afraid that it just won’t taste very good. But you don’t have to be scared! This salad is absolutely delicious -- with the citrus taking away any hint of bitterness. The orange bell peppers and clementines add a pop of color, while the caramelized onions add a hint of sweetness and the cashews, a nice crunch. Also, this salad makes great leftovers, as it doesn’t wilt like traditional (dressed) lettuce does. (recipe at bottom of post)
Strawberry Arugula Salad + Poppyseed Dressing by Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds.
Nothing says Springtime quite like sweet succulent strawberries, zesty lemon juice, and arugula. It's like strawberry lemonade that you eat!
Honey Lime Fruit Salad + Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Chips by Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen.
OMG...It's hard to concentrate on all those colorful chopped fruits drizzled with honey when I'm tempted by homemade (paleo) cinnamon sugar crisps!!
Jalepeno Carrot Rice Salad w/Avocado, Roasted Pepitas, & Charred Red Peppers by Ali @ Inspiralized.
Who says a salad needs lettuce anyway?! Full of colorful favorites including carrot "rice", this salad is both nutritious and satisfying.
Sushi Salad with Cauliflower Rice + Carrot Ginger Dressing by Davida @ The Healthy Maven.
I think I might eat anything doused in carrot ginger dressing. And rice made out of cauliflower?!?! Genius!
And just one more pic of my Chinese chopped salad -- because it's so darn photogenic!
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Chinese Chopped Salad + Orange Sesame Dressing
Chinese Chopped Salad + Orange Sesame Dressing // via Nosh and Nourish
- In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the sliced onion with maple syrup for approximately 8 minutes, flipping halfway through. The rings do not need to stay intact. However, you do want the onions to caramelize and get slightly brown, but not burn.
- Combine the sesame oil and kale in a large mixing bowl. Gently massage the oil into the kale leaves by hand for approximately 2 minutes. This helps reduce the bitterness and soften the texture of the kale. Add in the remaining salad ingredients, including sautéed onion.
- In a separate bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk to blend.
- Toss dressing over salad (you may not need all of it) and mix thoroughly.
Yields 3 Servings