Fresh & Healthy Spring Salad Ideas

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These Tasty Fresh and Healthy Spring Salad Recipes can Lighten Up Any Day!

As spring approaches, fresh spring salad recipes ingredients will become more readily available. As the weather warms up more and more fruits and vegetables become available, a these salads can make for a great refreshing treat. This means more opportunities to enjoy delicious salads. Here are three tasty and healthy salad recipes for spring to try.

1 Strawberry Spinach Salad

Spinach is rich in nutrients and the strawberries add a nice sweet touch to this tasty salad.
Ingredients:
* 12 ounces of fresh baby spinach
* 2  pints fresh strawberries thinly sliced
* ½ thinly sliced red onion
* Crumbled chevre or goat cheese
* Chopped walnuts
Poppy Seed Dressing Ingredients:
* 1/2  cup  cider vinegar
* 1  tablespoon  minced onion
* 1/2  teaspoon  Worcestershire sauce
* 1/4  teaspoon  salt
* 1  cup  vegetable oil
* 2  tablespoons  poppy seeds
* Honey to taste

Directions:
Combine dressing ingredients and whisk well. Toss baby spinach with dressing. Place on serving plate. Sprinkle walnuts, strawberries and chevre on top of salad. Eat and enjoy!

2 Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad
Avocados are packed with healthy fats and they taste decadent. This salad is quick to prepare and tasty tool
Ingredients:
* 1 large cucumber halved lengthwise, seeded, and sliced
* 2 medium tomatoes seeded and diced
* 1 avocado, diced
* 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 tablespoon lime juice
* 1 teaspoon Italian herb salad dressing mix or Italian mixed spices.

Directions:
To a medium bowl, add chopped cucumber, tomato, and avocado.
In a small dish combine olive oil, lime juice and herbs/salad dressing mix. Whisk until well combined. Pour over chopped vegetables and serve immediately.

3 Tasty Nut and Pear Salad
This pleasant spring salad combines the flavors of both fresh and dried fruits with the savory flavors of nuts and Swiss cheese.
Ingredients:
* 1  (16-oz.) package romaine lettuce
* 6-oz. Swiss cheese
* 1  cup  roasted, salted cashew
* 1/2  cup  sweetened dried cranberries like Craisins
* 1  large apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
* 1  large pear, cored and thinly sliced
Poppy Seed Dressing Ingredients
* 2/3  cup  light olive oil
* Honey to taste, approximately ¼ cup
* 1/3  cup  lemon juice
* 1 1/2  tablespoons  poppy seeds
* 2  teaspoons  finely chopped onion
* 1  teaspoon  Dijon mustard

Directions:
Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller dish blend dressing ingredients until smooth. You can use a blender or whisk by hand, whichever you prefer. Dress salad according to your preferences. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spring is the perfect time to adorn your table with a variety of salads. And preparing salads for lunch or dinner also helps you consume your recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables. Try these three healthy spring salad recipes out next week and enjoy!

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