Refreshing Spring Salad

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This spring salad is colorful and vibrant, bursting with fresh seasonal ingredients to brighten up your day. Asparagus, lamb’s lettuce, crunchy radishes, and spring onions are brought together by a simple lemon dressing. A perfect elegant and pretty side dish for your table!

With spring finally here, I am really looking forward to using more fresh ingredients. And making a spring salad is the perfect way to welcome the new life in the air.

Nature is starting to wake up, and there is nothing more exciting and refreshing than a colorful, bright salad.

Last weekend it was raining like usual here, and I craved something to lighten up my day. And this salad was just what I needed to remind me that warm weather was just around the corner.

Made with raw ingredients, this vibrant green salad is a feast of seasonal vegetables.

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Top view of ingredients needed to make this salad

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Fresh radishes
  • Tender lamb’s lettuce (mache salad)
  • Spring onions
  • Asparagus 
  • Plus lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper for the creamy lemon dressing.

This salad is absolutely delicious on its own for a very light lunch (by simply adding some lentils or chickpeas) or as a side dish for your meal.

It’s also naturally vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

You are probably wondering about the pretty edible flowers…You really don’t have to add edible flowers if you can’t find them.

They are simply there because, as a food blogger, I LOVE to make everything pretty! But they make a great addition if you are thinking of making this salad as an Easter dinner side dish.

But this salad is as beautiful and delicious without them!

Close up of place full of spring salad

Other perfect spring salad greens and ingredients that are in season and would be a perfect addition to this salad:

  • Arugula (rocket)
  • Artichokes
  • Fava beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Spring lettuce
  • Strawberries (yes!)
  • Any fresh herbs you have in the garden
Close up of spring salad

How to make this spring salad ahead

This salad is also perfect to make ahead for meal prep – ideal for your spring picnics & brunches.

Just cut the veggies and store them overnight in an airtight container or jar. They will stay nice and crisp. Add the dressing when you are ready to serve.

This salad is the perfect side dish for my creamy tomato pasta with herbs, Tuscan kale pesto pasta, or this asparagus risotto.

It’s also the perfect side dish with my avocado toast or this bruschetta with mozzarella for a light lunch.

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If you try this Spring salad recipe, please leave a comment and a rating and let me know how much you liked it!

Spring Salad

This spring salad is colorful and vibrant, bursting with fresh seasonal ingredients to brighten up your day. Asparagus, lamb's lettuce, crunchy radishes, and spring onions are brought together by a simple lemon dressing. A perfect elegant and pretty side dish for your table!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Sara Trezzi

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 4 cups lamb's lettuce - (mache salad)
  • 10-12 tender asparagus
  • 10 medium radishes - finely sliced
  • 3 spring onions - finely sliced
  • A handful of salad cress - (optional)
  • Edible flowers - (optional)

Lemon Dressing:

Instructions

  • Slice the asparagus into ribbons using a vegetable peeler.
  • Place the lamb's lettuce (mache salad), asparagus' ribbons, radish, salad cress, and spring onions in a bowl. 
  • For the dressing, in a small bowl or a jar, mix the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper until you get a thick, creamy consistency.
  • Add the dressing to the salad, and toss well.
  • Arrange the salad on a platter and decorate it with edible flowers.

Notes

Servings: The recipe lists 4 servings. This is if you make this salad as a side dish. If you want to make it as a main or starter, it will serve 2 people.
Meal prep tip: This spring salad is also perfect to make-ahead for meal prep – ideal for your spring picnics & brunches. Just cut the veggies and store them overnight in an airtight container or jar. They will stay nice and crisp. Then add the dressing when you are ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Sugar: 1g

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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This salad looks so pretty! And it’s delicious too! Love it!

  2. This is just too perfect to eat! Thanks btw for sharing! โค๏ธ

  3. This salad looks so beautiful!! We are currently in the middle of planting our garden for spring greens. Will be sure to seed some mache and cress, just so I can make this salad in a few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Dora ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have a garden right now! I can’t wait to have one again to grow vegetables! It’s such a lovely thing to do!