Salad Season

Any way you toss them, salads are one of spring’s finest fleeting pleasures. Savor tender lettuces and fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables in these creative combos.

Cool, crisp salads are naturals on a spring menu. By their very nature, salads are simple toss-and-serve meals that showcase some of the season’s freshest finds. For instance, you could toss a medley of fresh berries and greens with ingredients on hand, such as chicken or salmon, crumbled cheese, fragrant herbs and toasted nuts or seeds. There’s a wealth of nutrition, plus fabulous flavors and textures merge, which enhances eating pleasure.We tossed a few flavorful recipes for your spring occasions. Of course, the key to good salad making is using the freshest ingredients you can find. To make your salad greens remarkably crisp, arrange the washed greens in a single layer on a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. Gently roll up and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

A woman offers a plate with Spring Greens with Pears, Gorgonzola and Glazed Walnuts.
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Spring Greens With Pears, Gorgonzola and Glazed Walnuts

A trio of taste sensations—subtly sweet pears and mango, pungent Gorgonzola cheese and sweet maple-glazed walnuts—comes together effortlessly in this simple, yet sophisticated salad. A slightly sweet balsamic vinaigrette drizzled on top adds lively notes that really make the salad sing.

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Edamame-Corn Salad with Garlic Vinaigrette
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Edamame-Corn Salad With Garlic Vinaigrette

Super fresh and easy, this colorful salad gets a tasty boost of protein from edamame—young soybeans. The crunchy characteristic comes from jicama, which looks like matchsticks, above. It’s a sweet root vegetable that looks and feels like a turnip and adds a clean, crisp bite and mildly sweet flavor. A garlicky vinaigrette contrasts nicely with the natural sweetness of the mixed vegetables.

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Asian Shrimp Salad with Sesame Soy Vinaigrette
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Asian Shrimp Salad With Sesame Soy Vinaigrette

Quick and easy to prepare, this light spring salad of crisp, juicy romaine, succulent shrimp and bright green and shiny snow peas is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate. Drizzle this fresh combo with a sesame-spiked vinaigrette that lends a fabulous toasted nutty flavor.

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Berry Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette
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Berry Salad With Cinnamon Vinaigrette

There’s plenty here to fascinate taste buds. The mild flavor of meaty slices of chicken beautifully accents the combination of fresh spinach, sweet onion and luscious berries. A vibrant raspberry vinaigrette—spiced with cinnamon and hot pepper sauce—and crunchy pecans make this a worthy choice for any special occasion.

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A bowl is filled with Fruit Salad with Pound Cake Croutons.
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Fruit Salad With Pound Cake Croutons

This ideal fruit salad is a blend of the most colorful pickings the produce aisle or farmers’ market has to offer. Strawberries, pineapple and grapes combine with a honey-sweetened dressing that mingles gracefully with mixed fruit. Prepare the ingredients the day before and top with toasted buttery croutons before serving.

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