29 Fresh Spring Salads

Our best and most flavorful salad recipes play more than just a supporting role, they are the star of the table.

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad

Photographer: Melanie Acevedo

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad

You can use any combo of fresh herbs in this salad; we like a mixture of mint, basil, parsley, and chives.

Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad

Photographer: Melanie Acevedo

Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad

Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds, which star in this light and refreshing salad. You can substitute orzo pasta, faro, or couscous for the quinoa, if you prefer.

Grilled Shrimp Panzanella Salad

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Grilled Shrimp Panzanella Salad

For the freshest shrimp on the market, look for I.Q.F. on the label. It means "individually quick frozen."

Fresh Spring Salads: Lime Caesar Salad

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Lime Caesar Salad

This zesty, and highly seasoned, Caesar dressing can also be used as a sandwich spread. Try it on toasted French bread with sliced tomatoes.

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Go tropical and substitute chopped pineapple for the grapes, and macadamia nuts for the pecans. Add about ½ cup coconut for even more island flavor.

Grilled Salmon-and-Asparagus Salad

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Grilled Salmon-and-Asparagus Salad

Salmon skin is easier to remove after cooking, so grill (or broil) the fillets first.

Maryland Crab Cake Salad

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Maryland Crab Cake Salad

Sure, you can just mash up a crab cake on top of your salad, but we like this thoughtful recipe better. It has a lighter texture and flavor because the crab isn’t fried or sautéed first.

Grilled Salmon and Spinach Salad with Peach Dressing

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Grilled Salmon and Spinach Salad with Peach Dressing

Salmon is a fatty fish, but it’s the good fat your body needs.

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese

Colorful produce and creamy goat cheese come together to make a satisfying side dish—perfect for a seaside soirée.

Lime Shrimp Salad

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett

Lime Shrimp Salad

Here’s a secret: Toss the warm boiled potatoes in some of the dressing mixture so they soak up the zesty flavor.

Vietnamese-style Prawns and Hearts of Palm with Green Tea-Noodle Salad

Photographer Jean Allsopp, 

Vietnamese-style Prawns and Hearts of Palm with Green Tea-Noodle Salad

Soba noodles are made of buckwheat and wheat and have a nutty-earthy flavor. This version, made from green tea, can be tricky to find in smaller cities; you can substitute any noodles with excellent results.

Grilled Salmon Salad

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Grilled Salmon Salad with Salsa Dressing

Add some zest to a healthy salmon salad with a Mexican-inspired chunky tomato salsa dressing.

Herbed Crab Cake with Radish-and-Avocado Salad

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Herbed Crab Cake with Radish-and-Avocado Salad

Fresh parsley, chopped dill, and ground black pepper pack this crab cake full of flavor. Topping a cool radish-and-avocado salad, this dish will be your next go-to.

Lemon-Thyme Chicken Salad

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Lemon-Thyme Chicken Salad

Feta dressing gives this salad a subtle Greek flavor. For a variation, try substituting your favorite fish.

Rosemary-Dijon Grilled Steak Salad

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Rosemary-Dijon Grilled Steak Salad

Round out this meal with warm, grilled baguette slices.

Walk-Around-the-Garden Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Walk-Around-the-Garden Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

Save the remaining vinaigrette for up to two days in the refrigerator.

Chicken-Mango Chopped Salad

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Chicken-Mango Chopped Salad

Adding chopped mango and a creamy dressing with ginger and curry gives a chicken dish a little tropical flair.

Grilled Vegetable Salad

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Grilled Vegetable Salad

This simple recipe works well on whatever vegetables are in season or look especially tasty at the farmer's market.

Blackened Shrimp Salad with Jicama and Grilled Corn

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Blackened Shrimp Salad with Jicama and Grilled Corn

Jicama is a sweet root vegetable that looks like a turnip, and tastes somewhere between a water chesnut and an apple. If you can't find it, substitue a crisp, white turnip.

Panzanella

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Panzanella

Panzanella is a rustic Italian bread-and-tomato salad.

Sesame-crusted Mahi Mahi with Cucumber-Watercress Salad

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Sesame-crusted Mahi Mahi with Cucumber-Watercress Salad

A fast-growing fish, mahi mahi is considered an ocean-friendly seafood choice. At the market, look for a fish with brightly colored skin and meat with a pinkish hue.

Shrimp and Hoppin' John Salad

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Shrimp and Hoppin' John Salad

Hoppin' John always combines black-eyed peas and rice. Although eating it on New Year's Day is said to bring good luck, it's a beloved side dish year-round.

Salmon Niçoise Pasta Salad

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Salmon Niçoise Pasta Salad

When cooking pasta, use four to six quarts of water for every pound of pasta. Stir in about ½ to 1 tablespoon of salt per pound of pasta to the boiling water before adding the noodles. Adding oil keeps them from sticking together, but also keeps flavorful sauces from sticking.

Shrimp, Tomato, and Watermelon Salad

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Shrimp, Tomato, and Watermelon Salad

Pairing sweet watermelon with earthy tomatoes and fresh grilled shrimp yields a flavor combination that will surprise and delight your taste buds.

Scallop and Spinach Salad with Warm Dressing

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett

Scallop and Spinach Salad with Warm Dressing

Scallops toughen easily, so take care not to overcook them.

Grilled Portobello-Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Photo: Stephen Devries

Grilled Portobello-Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Tangy blue cheese, spicy arugula, scrumptious steak, and portobellos make this salad an undeniable winner.

Vietnamese Noodle Salad

Photo: Stephen Devries

Vietnamese Noodle Salad

Refreshing with a healthy dose of spice, this salad makes a great meal for a crowd.

Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad

Photo: Stephen Devries

Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad

This quick and easy salad (ready in less than 25 minutes and in only two steps!) is colorful, tasty, and healthy.

Grilled Tuna Salad Nicoise

Photo: Stephen Devries

Grilled Tuna Salad Niçoise

This classic salad niçoise combines hard-cooked eggs, fingerling potatoes, haricots vert, fresh lettuces, and of course tuna.

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