Recipe Box: Four Tasty Spring Salads

We don’t know about you, but when spring comes around all we crave are light and fresh foods. Produce is at its best and most abundant this time of year, and nothing tastes as yummy as a big green salad. But when we’re making salads at home, we’re not always as creative as we’d like to be. And we often get stuck in our same old kale-and-craisins rut… So, we enlisted chef Marlene Bernstein of Savour This Moment to share four seasonal salad recipes with the freshest spring ingredients.

All of these salads look and taste gourmet, but they’re easy enough to whip up for lunch or a light dinner. And the best part is, they’re packed with nutrients from healthy fruits and veggies. Check out the recipes below…

The Raw Salad

Recipe Box: Four Tasty Spring Salads

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of arugula
  • 2 yellow beets, sliced thin
  • ½ cup of grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 carrots, sliced thin
  • 2 radishes, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup of raw walnuts, broken into pieces

Raw Cleansing Dressing:

  • ¾ cup pressed olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • ½ tsp raw ginger, grated
  • salt + pepper to taste

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Instructions:

  1. Peel the exterior of the carrots and beets and using a mandolin, slice the beets, carrots and radishes into thin rounds. Cut the tomatoes in half.  Plate each ingredient vertically in a line right next to one another.
  2. Mix all dressing ingredients in a blender and pulse until the dressing has emulsified.
  3. Serve salad together with dressing.

Raw Salad Benefits:
This delicious raw salad has many benefits including being rich in antioxidants, boosting immunity health, containing anti-inflammatory properties, increasing energy, promoting beautiful skin and numerous vitamins that improve your body’s overall function.

The Spa Salad

Recipe Box: Four Tasty Spring Salads

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 cups of arugula
  • 1 blood orange, segmented
  • 1 kiwi, sliced into rounds
  • 1/8 to ¼ cup crumbled sheep feta

Blood Orange Vinaigrette:

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup blood orange juice, squeeze from leftover orange
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt + pepper to taste

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Instructions:

  1. To segment your orange, begin by cutting off both ends. Place the orange on one of the flat ends and using a sharp knife remove the peel and pith (the white part) until the flesh of the orange is exposed. The lines that separate each segment are now exposed, cut inside each line until the segment is released from the orange and you have a perfect segment.
  2. To create kiwi rounds, begin by cutting off both ends. Place the kiwi on one of its flat ends and using a sharp knife remove its fuzzy exterior. Next, lay the kiwi on its side and cut into rounds.
  3. Combine vinaigrette ingredients in blender and pulse until emulsified.
  4. Assemble the salad by mixing together the arugula, blood orange, and kiwi. Toss with blood orange vinaigrette and sprinkle with feta crumbles.

Green Pearled Couscous Salad

Recipe Box: Four Tasty Spring Salads

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of couscous
  • 1 head of broccoli or broccolini, cut into florets
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, slice lengthwise into thin strips
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 zucchini squash, diced
  • ¼ cup of parsley, finely chop

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Instructions:

  1. Bring either salted water or salted vegetable stock to a boil. Blanch broccoli and asparagus in the boiling water for approximately 30 seconds or until bright green, and then set aside.
  2. In the same pot of water, cook the couscous as you would pasta until it is al dente. Strain, set aside, and toss with a light layer of olive oil so the pearled couscous does not stick together.
  3. Coat a saucepan with olive oil and sauté zucchini squash. Season with salt and pepper, and then place off to the side. Next, wilt spinach in a sauté pan and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Mix couscous, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, zucchini and parsley together. Toss with your favorite vinaigrette.
  5. Place in the refrigerator until service. Serve cold or room temperature.

Burrata Salad

Recipe Box: Four Tasty Spring Salads 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 2 Hachiya persimmons, half moon shaped slices (remove seeds)
  • 5 strawberries, cut in quarters
  • ¼ red onion, sliced thin Burrata
  • 1 ball of burrata

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Instructions:

  1. Place burrata at the end of the plate.
  2. Mix together spinach, persimmons, and strawberries, and arrange next to the burrata.
  3. Spread red onion on top of spinach salad.
  4. Dress with your favorite salad dressing. (We love Savour This Sauce’s Thai Chili Cilantro salad dressing.)

Which one of these tasty spring salads are you going to try first?

The Raw Salad is calling our names…

XO Team LC

Photos: Anna Delores Photography
Categories: Dine, Recipe Box
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  • pretty little things

    mmmmm that raw salad looks so fresh and tasty! I love thin cut veggies like that! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

  • Tereza

    Love adding berries to salads, adds a beautiful freshness.

    http://lifeandcity.tumblr.com

  • Marie

    They looks so delicious!! I’ll try all of them!! Thanks for sharing!

    http://whatwearwith.blogspot.ca/

  • http://stayathomewifey-lg.blogspot.ca/ Lauren

    YUM!! looks amazing!!!

    Lauren

    http://stayathomewifey-lg.blogspot.ca

  • http://www.thebabyburp.com The Baby Burp

    Yum!

  • Mariska

    The 3rd and 4th seem really yummy. A salad can be so good but I can’t seem to get myself to make an original one. I mostly throw some lettuce, tomatoes and mozzarella in a bowl with some basil and olive oil and that’s it… Well, tasty enough ;)
    http://www.coralynxblog.com

  • White Coat Treatment

    These all look delicious, especially the Burrata salad! Love the spinach and strawberries combination. Definitely going to try them all!

    http://www.whitecoattreatment.com

  • Cassidy Short

    These all look AMAZING! Especially the first one :)

    xoxo

    Cassidy

    http://heartofgoldandglitter.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.smart-twenties.com/ Samantha Brown

    The green pearled couscous salad and the spa salad look amazing! I definitely have trouble being creative with salads at home and always end up making the same thing – which I get bored of really quickly!

    One thing I always do when I make a salad is add protein – like poached chicken, boiled egg, salmon or tuna. If I don’t then I find myself snacking an hour later!

    Thanks for these recipes – I will be trying a couple of them for lunch!

    Sam xx
    http://www.smart-twenties.com – how to make the most of your twenties

  • Caitlin

    where are the forks from?!

  • http://ebbapebbas.se/ Ebba

    Looks soo god. I really like the Burrata salat must try this one and the spa salat.

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  • Amber Naomi

    Looks yummy, i really want to try the raw salad!

    http://ambernaomi.blogspot.nl/

  • Cindy Lyon

    Those all look yummy! I’m adding them to my Pinterest recipes board!
    Cindy @ http://finding-beauty.com

  • http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    Oh my, I want to try all of these!!

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Jessica

    Definitely going to make the burrata, green pearled couscous salad, and the spa salad….yum! Looks and sounds wonderful!

  • Stacey

    I’m playing Bitch Bingo tonight with about 30 gals. I’m making the salad. Now I have a great choice. I just can’t decide which one to make!

  • Nicole Smith

    Ooo, all of these sound sooo tasty. I will definitely give these salads a try!

  • clairelivia

    Yum! I’m all over that pearled couscous salad! I have a Sunday Salad column on my blog, you can pop over and check it out for more recipe ideas http://liviasweets.com/tagged/sunday-salad

  • Faith

    Nothing beats burrata! I have a great salad recipe with burrata and balsamic infused blistered cherry tomatoes that I picked up from a nun in Italy. Fabulous!

  • Tara

    Wheres your cutlery and plates from? :)

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