Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Salad Season!

It hit the 70's this past week so i'm officially in "spring mode." I love Spring in Colorado. Everyone is out and about starved for sunshine and ready for hikes, bike rides, runs, volleyball and all other outdoor activities that have been on the back burner all winter long.

I like salads best in the spring. More than any other season I really crave all kinds of yummy salads right when the warmth hits. Its something light, but mostly something that will be quick and easy allowing you to stay outside and soak up the great weather as long as possible before coming in for dinner.

Salads are great because you can chop up veggies and cook your meat at the beginning of the week and have all of your salad necessities on hand hot n' ready to throw onto some greens when your ready for meal time.

Here are some favorite salad combos to get your creative juices flowing. You can do sweet or savory. Meat or meatless. veggies or fruits. The options are endless and you'll never get bored.

Happy spring!!

Berry Goat Cheese Salad: 

To Toss In: 

- Mixed greens
- Red onion
- Walnuts
- Yellow grape tomatoes
- Strawberries
- Blackberries
- Rasberries
- Blueberries
- Goat Cheese
- Raspberry or sherry vinegar

Turkey Taco Salad:

To Toss In: 

- Mixed Greens 
- Sweet Potato 
- Corn
- Ground turkey 
- Taco seasoning
- Kidney beans/ black beans
- Cilantro
- Lime juice
- JalapeƱo Pepper 
- Cherry tomatoes 
- Avocado 

Shaved Cauliflower Salad: 

To Toss In: 

- Shaved cauliflower
- Shaved radicchio cored
- Celery stalks
- Chives
- Parsley leaves
- Honey glazed walnuts
- Pitted dates 
- Dressing (2 t. dijon mustard/ 1/4 C. olive oil/ juice of 2 lemons/ juice of 2 oranges) 

Avocado & Egg Salad: 

To Toss In: 

- Spring Mix 
- Avocado 
- Fried Egg 
- Chopped pecans
- Dressing (olive oil/ lemon juice/ salt and pepper) 

Mango & Macadamia Nut Salad: 

To Toss In: 

- Arugula 
- Mango
- Avocado
- Macadamia Nuts- roasted and lightly salted 
- Dressing (1/4 C. lemon juice, 2 T. apple cider vinegar, 1/4 C. olive oil, 1 T. Dijon, 1 t. Agave, pepper, dash of garlic powder) 

Watermelon Arugula Salad:

To Toss In:

- Arugula
- Watermelon
- Red Onion
- Feta
- Sunflower Seeds
- Balsamic
- Cracked Pepper 

~ Mekenzie 

1 comment:

  1. This is great! I love salad so much, but I'm always stumped when trying to mix it up at home :)