Spring in Coastal Virginia means abundant sunshine, trees and flowers in bloom, longer days spent outdoors and an exciting and colorful bounty of fresh, ripe vegetables and fruits in season. One of the simplest and most delicious ways to enjoy spring produce from across our region is by eating it fresh, and there's simply nothing more fresh than a vibrant spring salad.
Making the switch to eating lighter fare and fresh, seasonal produce is simple, but it does take a little planning. If you haven't experimented with spring veggies like snap peas, radishes, asparagus or spinach, you'll want a few ideas on how best to combine your ingredients for flavorful success.
Here are spring salad ideas that will nourish your body and inspire your taste buds, giving you the energy you need to head out and make the most of this beautiful season in Coastal Virginia.
Tuna, Asparagus and New Potato Salad with Chive Vinaigrette
This salad is hearty, filled with texture and satisfying enough to serve as dinner, any night of the week. Packed with protein, bright, green asaparagus, capers and cooked potatoes, this salad from Bon Appetit will fill you up without weighing you down.
Grilled Chicken Salad with Radishes, Cucumbers and Tarragon Pesto
Tangy, filling and bursting with bright colors and savory flavors, this salad will be your go-to on nights when you need maximum flavor and protein. Serve at dinner, lunch or brunch, and you'll find your belly and your taste buds swooning for this delightful recipe from Bon Appetit.
Rice Salad with Asparagus and Peas
This salad is a perfect side dish or light lunch. This simple recipe from Martha Stewart perfectly combines crisp asparagus, hearty arborio rice, fresh garlic, red onion, radicchio and basil for zesty flavor and crunchy texture.
Shrimp and Snap Pea Salad with Ginger Dressing
Light, colorful and full of zesty flavor, this shrimp and snap pea salad is packed with nutrition and flavor. A perfect dish for a light dinner or satisfying lunch, you'll love how easy this recipe from Martha Stewart is to prepare as much as you love to eat it!
Spring Greens Salad with Fennel, Radish and Miso-Buttermilk Dressing
This salad recipe is as elegant and colorful as it is hearty, rich and flavorful. Packed with bright greens, crisp radish and hearty egg, you'll enjoy this salad from Bojon Gourmet as a light dinner or satisfying, late afternoon lunch.
Strawberry, Blueberry and Greens Salad
When your sweet tooth threatens to overtake your best healthy meal intentions, turn to this sweet and tangy recipe from The Kitchen is My Playground. After a long day of berry picking at a nearby berry patch, put those strawberries and blueberries to good use, and toss them into this bright and beautiful, green salad.
Strawberry, Avocado and Sweet Pea Salad with Balsamic Tahini Dressing
This delightful, fresh, spring salad is the ultimate in vitamin-rich ingredients and bold, beautiful colors. Packed with ripe avocado, seasonal strawberries and crunchy, sweet peas, you'll be getting the nutrition and energy you need to power through long days spent running around outdoors.
Spring Pasta Salad
Combine your favorite pasta with watercress, crisp asparagus and sugar snap peas in this light and satisfying pasta salad from She Likes Food. You'll love making this dish for dinner, lunch or as a side at a family brunch, and your belly will love the bright greens, big flavor and wholesome grains.
Photo | Martha Stewart