The weather is finally getting warmer, the days a little longer, and there’s a hint of spring in the air. Finally! This time of year always has me craving fresh fruits and veggies and lighter, simpler meal options. Spring salads are a great way to get healthy foods into your diet and can be quickly whipped up for lunch or dinner with minimal prep. Here are three of my tried and true favorites from some of the best food bloggers in the game.
1. Spring Panzanella Salad from Smitten Kitchen.
Panzanella salads are not nearly as popular as they should be, in my opinion. What’s better than a fresh salad with hunks of delicious crusty bread in it? Seriously, these salads are as versatile as they are delicious. Smitten Kitchen’s version features asparagus, leeks, and white beans in the.most.amazing. lemon vinaigrette. Swap out any of the veggies for ones you have laying around and call this a perfect simple supper or a casual weekend lunch.
2. Avocado Orange Salad from Joy the Baker.
Joy is clearly known for her decadent baked goods but she throws together a mean salad, often with ingredients you would never have put together yourself. Take avocados and oranges, for example. Not the most likely combination but man is this salad delicious. It’s also infinitely adaptable so get creative and use what you have. I omit the egg in the dressing and use Greek yogurt instead, as she suggests, and it makes the most creamy, yummy topping to this unique salad.
3. Tomato Feta Salad from the Barefoot Contessa.
Ina Garten is my homegirl. She seriously can do no wrong. She shows you how to make the most amazing, delicious meals with nothing but simple, fresh ingredients. This tomato feta salad is so easy to throw together and makes a tasty side dish or a full meal if you toss it over salad greens and mix in the protein of your choice. You’ll go back to this one time and time again, I know I do.