14 Fresh Spring Salad Recipes Starring Seasonal Produce
Spring Salad Recipes
Hurrah, it's spring. If you're anything like us, by the time the end of winter arrives, you're probably so over root vegetables; instead, you're looking forward to the fresh, bright produce associated with the start of spring. One of the very best ways to usher in this new season? With seasonal salads, of course. That's where our guide to making the best spring salads—starring arugula, Bibb lettuce, Boston lettuce, mache, mesclun, and tender dandelion greens—comes in handy. While these leafy greens are available year-round, they thrive in the cooler weather of spring and fall, so we look forward to using them in springtime salads with accents of asparagus, radishes, peas, and other seasonal produce.
When you buy spring salad greens, look for leaves that are bright and fresh looking. Always choose crisp lettuces that are free of blemishes. At home, lettuce should be washed and thoroughly dried in a salad spinner to remove any excess moisture. Refrigerate washed-and-dried greens in a reusable produce bag or airtight plastic bag for three to five days.
If you're looking for a salad worthy of main-dish status, consider our colorful Market Salad with Poached Chicken. A market salad is exactly what you'd expect: a salad to make any time of the year, using what is fresh at the market. This springtime take features crisp endive, blushing watermelon radishes, and a tart lemon dressing. Another main dish salad is our butter lettuce salad with asparagus and sugar snap peas. It gets heft from potatoes and each portion is topped with a fried egg.
We're also highlighting spring grain salads like our Crispy Grain Salad with Peas and Mint, which uses quinoa and millet along with tender spring greens and peas, or a verdant take on the classic rice salad with asparagus, peas, and basil. It's a wonderful make-ahead dish and one that's easy to transport for potlucks or parties.
The last category of spring salads that you'll find here are simple vegetable sides packed with seasonal flavors. Whether you choose to pair Bibb lettuce with crisp radishes or arugula with fennel and pine nuts, you'll find that every recipe here is fresh, light, and crisp—just what we all need after a winter of soups and stews.
Embrace this collection of spring salad recipes as a way to make the most of seasonal produce and welcome all the fresh flavors to come.
Market Salad with Poached Chicken
A market salad with poached chicken, endive, watermelon radishes, and a tart lemon citronette makes a delicious main course. It's the embodiment of spring: colorful, fresh, and flavorful.
Roasted Beet and Dandelion Greens Salad
Young, tender dandelion greens are abundant this time of year. Here, the greens are tossed in a salad with roasted beets; cumin seeds flavor the warm dressing.
Butter-Lettuce Salad with Egg and Potatoes
The secret to this main-dish salad of tender lettuce and asparagus and crisp sugar snap peas is the warm dressing made from melted butter and fresh lemon juice. An egg on top is the perfect finishing touch.
Rice Salad with Asparagus and Peas
Rice salad gets a makeover. Step one: Start with arborio rice. Step two: Add anchovies, garlic, and basil. Step three: Make it all about spring by using peas and asparagus.
Halibut Salade Nicoise
Delicate poached halibut is the star of this fresh springtime take on the classic Nicoise salad.
Pea-Shoot and Baby-Artichoke Salad with Parmesan Croutons
Combine vibrant green pea shoots with the season's first radishes and baby artichokes for a salad that's full of texture. Add Parmesan croutons, which get a little kick from cayenne, for richness and heft.
Bibb Salad with Radishes and Asparagus
Crunchy radishes, delicate Bibb lettuce, and fresh asparagus are mixed with a homemade dressing for a unique salad that will complement any spring menu.
Rhubarb Salad with Goat Cheese
Honey-roasted rhubarb, toasted walnuts, crisp fennel, and tangy goat cheese combine to make an unforgettable spring salad.
Crispy Grain Salad with Peas and Mint
Combine protein-and-amino-acid-packed quinoa and millet with spring peas, mint, tender greens, and a lemony vinaigrette, and you put the punch back in lunch or dinner.
Pea and Asparagus Salad
Pair two seasonal favorites—peas and fresh asparagus—and keep everything raw for a crisp-tender bite. Tossed with fresh mint, toasted almonds, and a rice-wine vinaigrette, this is a powerhouse spring salad.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Be sure to make this sweet and tangy salad during strawberry season. Strawberries, spinach, almonds, and feta merge for a dish that’s both cleansing and satisfying.
Potato, Snap Pea, and Pea-Tendril Salad
Dress potato salad up for spring with peas and their delicate, sweet tendrils, fresh mint, and bacon. Tossing the potatoes with the dressing while they are still hot is a great trick to infuse them with flavor.
Spring Greens Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
A simple springtime salad that uses a mix of baby greens such as mustard, spinach, baby arugula, mache, and purslane, along with plenty of parsley and chervil.
Raw Artichoke and White-Asparagus Farro Salad
This is a satisfying main-course salad with chewy farro and pungent feta cheese. Raw baby artichokes, which have a nutty crispness similar to celery root, and mild, tender white asparagus bring plenty of spring flavors, while red onion adds color and bite.