Springtime Salad Recipes

Springtime Salad Recipes

Spring is here! While you are spring cleaning the house, why not spring clean your body? If you are looking for unique weight loss solutions, here are a few springtime salads that will please not only your body, but your palate!

Springtime Spinach Salad

906fec8834a3a3a634a827171007d6a3

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups fresh spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 kiwi, sliced
  • 1/2 mandarin orange, peeled and segmented
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 dash garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup seasoned croutons

Directions

  1. Place the eggs in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover, and let eggs stand in hot water for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from hot water and cool. Peel, chop, and set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium high heat until crisp and evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the eggs, bacon, spinach, mushrooms, strawberries, onion, kiwi, and orange.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the ketchup, water, olive oil, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and brown mustard. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pour over the salad mixture, and top the salad with croutons.

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 heirloom tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup (1-inch) cubed red seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup (1-inch) cubed seeded yellow watermelon
  • 1/4 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
watermelon-salad-550x412

Directions

  1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add tomato, watermelon, and onion; toss to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese; toss gently.

 Grilled Salmon-and-Asparagus Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) salmon fillet or 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1 pound asparagus spears
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups arugula
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

 Directions

  1. Brush salmon and toss asparagus with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill salmon over medium-high heat (350° to 400°)
    for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
  2. Grill asparagus, turning occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.
  3. Divide arugula evenly among 4 plates; top with flaked salmon, asparagus, and tomatoes. Serve with vinaigrette

 Grilled Salmon-and-Asparagus Salad

salmon_salad_web_640x427__jpg_337x275_crop_q85

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) salmon fillet or 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1 pound asparagus spears
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups arugula
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

  1. Brush salmon and toss asparagus with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill salmon over medium-high heat (350° to 400°)
    for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
  2. Grill asparagus, turning occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.
  3. Divide arugula evenly among 4 plates; top with flaked salmon, asparagus, and tomatoes. Serve with vinaigrette

Mint-Lime Spring Green Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 green apple, sliced thin, dime-sized slices
  • 1 lime, squeezed (add a touch of zest too if you’d like)
  • 2 kiwis, sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 Tbsp raw or roasted/salted pistachios
  • 2 fresh mint sprigs, remove and chop leaves
  • 1 Tbsp maple or agave syrup
    *mint for garnish
green-fruit-salad-400-2

Directions

  1. Chop, squeeze and peel all ingredients.
  2. Add to a large bowl.
  3. Toss well with spoon.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *