8 Fresh Salad Recipes for Spring

Salads can be eaten at all hours of the day and give you your fill of vegetables. Pasta- or vegetable-based, with or without lettuce, light or hearty, they are the ideal appetizer or side dish, as well as the perfect meal to satisfy very hungry bellies. Here are eight salad suggestions as fresh as spring for you to enjoy while you watch the snow melt!

1. Farfalle Salad with Apple, Cranberry and Feta

Cranberries, green and red apples, feta, arugula—this salad is the sum of only great ingredients. The fruits bring just the right touch of sweetness and tanginess to the mix, while the cheese gives it a subtle hint of saltiness. Double your portions to save some for lunch the next day!

2. Green Salad with Poached Egg

You’ll be easily tempted by this salad, which falls somewhere between gooey and crunchy. A mix of lardons (thick bacon bites), croutons, endives and poached eggs, the salad is served with a honey mustard vinaigrette. Amazing taste is on the menu for this satisfying meal.

3. Thai Mango Salad with Peanuts

Tickle your guests’ taste buds with this ultra-colourful salad made of mango, red bell pepper, peanuts and cucumber, with sweet and salty flavours. Add cilantro and a fragrant vinaigrette to take the yumminess up a notch. A vegetarian dish that’s as gorgeous as it is delicious.

4. Pasta Salad with Chorizo and Green Vegetables

Whether you have it for lunch or as a main course for supper, this all-in-one dish offers a rich taste that’s easy to love. Pasta, green beans, sausage and English cucumber form the base of this seasonal recipe perfect for the whole family. A creamy sun-dried tomato mayonnaise tops it all off.

5. Spring Vegetable and Grapefruit Salad

This delicate salad is a wonderful way to rediscover two spring vegetables: fiddleheads and asparagus. Enhance them with the addition of yellow wax beans, grapefruit and a speedy citrus vinaigrette. A concentrated dose of sunshine to enjoy with seafood.

6. Quinoa Salad with Peaches and Tarragon

Here’s a dish that marries the softness of peaches, the aniseed hint of tarragon and the tanginess of lemon. Working from a quinoa base, also add a healthy bunch of green vegetables, such as broccoli and asparagus, for an explosion of flavours to make everyone around the table happy.

7. Warm Tuna and Broccoli Pasta Salad

Looking for a hearty dish that’s still super fresh? A combination of green vegetables, farfalle, cherry tomatoes, cilantro and canned tuna, this nutritious salad is the ultimate triple threat: the perfect all-around dish, a fantastic clean-out-the-fridge recipe, and the ideal meatless option for sunny days.

8. Corn and Crab Salad

Take advantage of crab season to put it on the menu with this gourmet salad served in an elegant verrine. Mixed with corn, chipotle chili, queso fresco-type cheese and lime, this crustacean shines. A wonderfully fragrant springtime side dish that brings a splash of freshness to the meal.

You liked our ideas? For a variety of other suggestions, take a peek at our pasta salad section.