A good spring salad recipe is all about the greens! A fresh spring mix is topped with a few vegetables, tart cherries and herb-coated goat cheese. It is a simple salad but it is so good.
The best spring salad recipe!
I sort of consider myself a salad expert. I’ve been eating A LOT of salads lately. I did the Whole30 back in October and it changed the way I think of food. I realized adapting a more Paleo diet was how I wanted to live my life. I was so excited by the revelation that a change in diet could really change your life; I started talking about it to anyone who would listen.
It got to the point, however, where I annoyed even myself. I found myself declining beers at restaurants and announcing to my friends that “I can’t have a beer, I’m giving up grains” or passing on chips and dip “because I eat Paleo” now. I mean, how obnoxious could I be?? Thankfully my friends haven’t abandoned me.
If I am being honest, I cannot call myself “Paleo”. It is true that I cut out sugar from my diet but it doesn’t mean I don’t indulge in Homemade Carrot Cake. No, I don’t eat grains, but even I cannot resist Lemon Risotto! And no, dairy may not be a daily thing, but I will eat cheesy dips on occasion and I do enjoy cheese, especially in salads.
Now that I eat salads on a regular basis, I need variety! I want a variety of lettuce, vegetables, dressings, proteins, and yes cheeses. Some of my favorites salads are this Easy Harvest Salad, this Italian Chopped Salad with Tortellini, and this Paleo Thai Cashew Chicken Salad. Like seasons, each salad has a different feel and personality. no two are the same and I like it that way.
About this spring salad recipe:
I used a classic spring mix for this recipe, but if you wanted to, spinach would make a great addition to the list of ingredients. I also added fresh green beans and frozen peas. If you could find spring peas, use them and conversely if you hate peas leave them out! Edamame would make a great substitution. Tart cherries add a hint of sweetness although red grapes or strawberries would be excellent in this salad and while I used goat cheese, feta would be wonderful! This is a simple salad made with easy to find ingredients that can be swapped out to fit your taste!
- 1 bunch spring mix
- 1 cup cooked, chopped green beans
- ½ cup cooked peas
- ½ cup dried cherries
- 4 oz herbed goat cheese
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon stone ground mustard
- 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- Salt to taste
Arrange spring mix on a serving platter, top with green beans, peas, cherries and goat cheese. Whisk together the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle dressing over salad just before serving; toss to coat.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g