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Spring brings new life, and with it fresh and flavorful salads! Mix ’em all up in these crave-able spring salad ideas!!

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A collage of several spring salads.

We Love Refreshing and Bright!

After the heavy comfort food of winter, I’m itching to taste the bright flavors of spring. Spring salads are the perfect way to enjoy those refreshing flavors!

Why we love spring salads:

  • From your garden! If you’re lucky enough to have a spring garden, you can use all the great produce from there or check out a farmers’ market.
  • Versatile. Try substituting a spring mix salad in place of regular lettuce! This swap-out can be great for your digestion following a winter diet of heavy foods.
  • Healthy. These wonderful leafy greens provide a rich source of dietary fiber  – a great way to start your spring menu!
Fresh green beans on a wooden cutting board.

Spring Produce

Seasonal produce is great to use in these salad recipes. They can offer a tender texture or a bit of a crunch. Their colors and flavors also add to the salad’s appeal!

Vegetables. Our favorites include asparagus, beets, broccoli, carrots, fennel, spring greens (lettuce, baby spinach, romaine, kale), cucumbers, green beans, snap peas, potatoes, radishes, and rhubarb.

Fruits. Some of our favorite spring fruits include apricots, avocados, blueberries, cherries, kiwis, lemons, mangos, oranges, pineapples, and strawberries.

Taco salad topped with diced cherry tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, ground beef, diced avocados, and garnished with corn tortilla chips in a white bowl.

Build a Perfect Spring Salad

Elements of a perfectly satisfying salad include a base of greens, a body full of produce and proteins, a delicious dressing, and top it off with a garnish (often bacon bits, green onions, or croutons). 

  • Cheese adds an extra layer of flavor to pasta salads or veggie salads. It can be cubed, shredded, or crumbled. Some favorite cheeses include feta cheese, goat cheese, parmesan cheese, blue cheese, and cheddar cheese.
  • Nuts and seeds. Use chopped or sliced nuts. They can be raw, roasted, or candied. Almonds, walnuts, and pecans are the most used nuts. You can also toss in some poppy seeds, chia seeds, or sunflower seeds.
  • Fresh herbs and spices can be incorporated for a hint of extra flavor. Use a light touch to not be overwhelming. Herbs often used include fresh dill, fresh mint, fresh basil, cilantro, chives, parsley, and thyme. Simple spices like black pepper and salt can offer a flavor boost.
  • Protein. When served as a main dish, I like to add protein such as grilled chicken, shrimp, bacon bits, black, kidney, or white beans, hard-boiled eggs, buffalo chicken, or chickpeas.
  • Dressing. Use a classic combination of extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar to make a light vinaigrette, a simple spritz of lemon juice, or a creamy dressing. Some favorites include Greek Dressing, Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe, Homemade Ranch Dressing, Pesto Salad Dressing, or Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing.

Best Spring Salad Ideas

We love a fresh salad filled with seasonal fruits and veggies! We have rounded up our favorites, there is sure to be something for everyone.

1 Cobb Salad

Salad Cobb Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes

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2 Fruit Salad Recipe

Side Dish Fruit Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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5 from 49 votes
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3 Chicken Caesar Salad

Salad Chicken Caesar Salad
Total Time: 45 minutes

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5 from 21 votes
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4 Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe

Salad Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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5 Pasta Salad Recipe

Side Dish Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 250 votes
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6 Broccoli Salad Recipe

Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

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4.98 from 82 votes
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7 Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

Salad Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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8 Potato Salad Recipe

Salad Potato Salad Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 32 votes
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9 7 Layer Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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10 Wedge Salad Recipe

Salad Wedge Salad Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 4 votes
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More Springtime Salads & Slaws

For even more spring salads, perfect as a side or main dish, we’ve rounded up more favorites!

11 Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Side Dish Easy Coleslaw Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 24 votes
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12 Kale Salad Recipe

Salad Kale Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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13 Asian Citrus Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Asian Citrus Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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14 Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe

Salad Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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15 Arugula Salad Recipe

Main Course, Salad, Side Dish Arugula Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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16 Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 119 votes
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17 Broccoli Strawberry Salad Recipe

Salad Broccoli Strawberry Salad Recipe
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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18 Cashew Chicken Salad Recipe

Side Dish Cashew Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.94 from 16 votes
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19 Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

Salad Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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4.88 from 8 votes
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20 Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

Salad Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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21 Green Bean Salad Recipe

Side Dish Green Bean Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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22 Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken Berry Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Salad Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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23 Cheesecake Factory Luau Salad Recipe

Salad Cheesecake Factory Luau Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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24 Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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25 Waldorf Salad Recipe

Salad Waldorf Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 21 votes
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26 Greek Orzo Salad Recipe

Main Course, Salad Greek Orzo Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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27 Broccoli Slaw Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Broccoli Slaw Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Spring Pasta Salad Ideas

We love salad in our house, but our love for pasta also runs deep and when you combine the two, watch out! You’ll want to eat the entire bowl when you make any one of these recipes.

28 Chicken Pasta Salad

Salad, Side Dish Chicken Pasta Salad
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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29 Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe

Appetizer, Salad Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 6 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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30 Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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31 Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 10 votes
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32 Layered Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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33 Asian Pasta Salad recipe

Salad Asian Pasta Salad recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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34 Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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35 Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad recipe

Salad Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 1 vote
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Simple + Delicious!

One of our favorite salads to enjoy during spring and summer is a classic Cobb Salad.

The layers of cheese, bacon, and veggies pack every bite with so much flavor and there are multiple ways you can change this dish up by simply swapping out the protein or the dressing you pair with it. This salad will always be a hit!

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30+ Spring Salad Ideas

By: Lil’ Luna
Spring brings new life, and with it fresh and flavorful salads! Mix 'em all up in these crave-able spring salad ideas, including Cobb Salad, Pasta Salad and more.
Servings: 4
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 6 cups romaine hearts chopped
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese cubed or grated
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 chicken breast seasoned, fully cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup corn sautéed or broiled
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 boiled eggs chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced
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Instructions 

  • Wash chopped romaine and dry.
  • Add lettuce to a large serving platter or a large salad bowl.
  • Add all of the toppings in layers and garnish with green onions. Serve with your favorite ranch dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 159mg, Sodium: 347mg, Potassium: 990mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 10112IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 167mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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Perfect Spring Salads

We’re sure you will find some new favorites from this list of spring salad ideas listed above. Whether you are looking for the best salad to accompany a meal, or to serve as a meal itself, you’re sure to find the perfect recipe!

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