As the weather warms up and nature awakens, it’s the perfect time to embrace the vibrant flavors of spring with a refreshing and nutritious salad.

A spring salad celebrates the season’s abundance of fresh produce, combining crisp greens, colorful vegetables, and a zesty dressing to create a delightful and invigorating dish.

In this article, I’ll guide you through a tantalizing spring salad recipe with a tangy lemon vinaigrette that will awaken your taste buds and brighten your plate.

1. Spring Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients for the Salad

  • 6 cups mixed salad greens (such as baby spinach, arugula, and mesclun)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds or walnuts, roughly chopped

Ingredients for the Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

Prepare the Salad

In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, radishes, and red onion.

Make the Lemon Vinaigrette

In a small bowl, whisk together the fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey or maple syrup, salt, and black pepper until well combined.

Slowly drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil while continuing to whisk until the vinaigrette emulsifies and thickens slightly.

Dress the salad

Pour the lemon vinaigrette over the salad ingredients in the bowl. Toss gently to coat the vegetables with the dressing.

Add the finishing touches

Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese and toasted almonds or walnuts over the dressed salad.

Serve and enjoy

Serve the spring salad immediately as a light and refreshing main course or as a vibrant side dish. Enjoy the crispness of the greens, the burst of flavors from the vegetables, and the tangy brightness of the lemon vinaigrette.

Optional Enhancements

  • Protein Boost

Add grilled chicken breast, cooked shrimp, or sliced hard-boiled eggs to the salad for a protein-packed option that turns it into a satisfying meal.

  • Fruit Medley

Incorporate the sweetness of fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or sliced peaches to add a delightful burst of flavor and color to the salad.

  • Herbaceous Twist

Sprinkle fresh herbs like basil, mint, or dill over the salad to infuse it with aromatic notes and elevate its overall freshness.

  • Creamy Indulgence

For a creamy element, toss in avocado slices or crumbled goat cheese to add a luscious and velvety texture to the salad.

  • Grain Addition

To make the salad heartier, incorporate cooked grains such as quinoa, couscous, or farro. These additions provide a satisfying chew and additional nutritional benefits.

The combination of crisp greens, vibrant vegetables, and a zesty dressing creates a refreshing and invigorating dish that is perfect for warmer days. With the suggested enhancements, you can customize this salad to suit your taste and preferences.

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