Spring Swiss Chard & Pear Salad.

I never thought a chard salad would make it to my top ten salad list. Nutritionally beneficial, sure. Beautiful, yes! But a chard salad that I would crave and make time and again? No way. I never would have thought so until I tried this very simple seasonal salad. This salad is filled with some of my other top flavors of the season; fresh herbs, juicy pears, lemon and spring onions. The fact that it takes just minutes to prepare may also be a reason we make it often this time of year.

Chard Herb Pear Salad

  • 1 large bunch chard, leaves only optional
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped spring onion or red onion
  • 2 pears
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Juice from ½ large lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Directions: Rinse and finely chop the chard and herbs. Toss them in a large salad bowl. Remove the seeds and stem of the pears and chop. Place the chopped pears into the bowl. Add the almonds, lemon juice, olive oil and honey. Toss well. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes: You can substitute any hearty green such as collards or kale. Spinach wilts very quickly when finely chopped and doesn’t work as well in this salad. If you like raw chard stem you can finely chop and include. The colors are beautiful! I have added fresh, finely chopped mint to this salad and loved it. Finally, glazed nuts or dried fruits are also great additions to this recipe if you happen to have them on hand.

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Asparagus Strawberry Salad

Who doesn’t love a simple salad made with in season ingredients? Asparagus and Strawberries are spring favorites and their bright flavors shine in this easy and flavorful salad. asparagus and strawberry salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 5 oz. baby spinach
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional)

Directions

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Put the asparagus in the pot and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove and drain well.
  2. In a large salad bowl toss together baby spinach, strawberries and asparagus.
  3. In a small bowl whisk the lemon juice, oil, honey, and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  4. Pour dressing into salad bowl and toss gently. Sprinkle with sliced almonds if desired.

 

 

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Layered Easter Salad

Easter Salad 2One of my favorite side dishes in Spring is Easter Salad. This salad is beautiful enough to serve for a special meal with the colorful layers, but simple enough to make for everyday. I have been making this salad for over twenty years and enjoy it topped with a creamy herb dressing. It’s easy to make and features some of the most vibrant vegetables of the season. It is also a great way to use up hard boiled eggs if you went a little overboard on egg coloring. You can find this recipe and also tips for all natural egg coloring on our blog.

 

To make salad layer the following in a large salad bowl:

  • 3-4 cups Your choice of greens (I used red butter lettuce this week from our box)
  • 2/3 cup Red cabbage, chopped
  • ½ cup Carrots, julliene
  • 1 small cucumber sliced (or half english)
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small bunch radish, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 4-6 hard boiled eggs sliced
  • 1/3 cup green peas
  • Italian Parsley, 2 tablespoons finely chopped (optional)

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