When the spring sun arrives, we start to eat lighter dishes, traditionally packed with the first harvest of the year. Here are some delicious ideas for the first salads of the year.

Blueberry bacon and avocado salad

blueberry bacon and avocado salad
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Blueberries pair so well with fresh green leaves and creamy avocado.

Add some smoked bacon and pretty purple coloured blueberry and mustard dressing and you have a delicious light lunch or first course for supper.

Get the blueberry bacon and avocado salad recipe from Scrummy Lane

 

 

Apple kale and cabbage salad

apple kale cabbage
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It seems appropriate to use the last of the winter vegetables in one of your first spring salads. The pairing of kale and cabbage gives texture and crunch and the apples add some sweetness. 

If you are not used to raw kale then soften it by massaging the dressing with your hands.

Get the apple, kale and cabbage salad recipe from Zagleft

 

 

Honey roasted rhubarb salad

honey roasted rhubard salad
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Beautifully tart rhubarb makes its first appearance in the spring and once roasted it makes for an unusual, delicious and attractive addition to a salad. 

It is also a nutritional powerhouse so there's no excuse not to try it.

Get the recipe for honey roasted rhubarb salad

 

 

Roasted Panzanella salad

roasted panzella salad
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Panzanella is one of my favourite ways to eat the season’s best tomatoes and use up some leftover bread. This spring version concentrates all the flavour by roasting the vegetables first.

Get the roasted Panzanella recipe from The Flavour Blender

 

 

Shaved asparagus and fennel

fennel salad
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You can make most vegetables delicious when raw with fine chopping, grating or slicing, including asparagus. Here it is paired with fennel, but it is also delicious with some mixed leaves and in most salads. Do try it.

Get the shaved asparagus and fennel salad recipe from Lindy Sez

 

 

Cauliflower cranberry salad

cauliflower cranberry salad
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Cauliflower has to be one of the most adaptable vegetables out there. Dress it for spring by chopping finely in a food processor or blender to make “rice” then add to a salad. 

Here it is mixed with chickpeas, dried cranberries, seeds and dressed with a simple vinaigrette.

Get the cauliflower cranberry salad recipe from The Nutrition Adventure

 

 

Quinoa, lentil and feta salad

quinoa lentil and feta
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A mix of grains and pulses always makes a good base for a main course salad. Here quinoa and lentils are mixed with broccoli, kale and beans and topped with feta. 

Add a salmon fillet to turn it into a more substantial meal.

Get the quinoa, lentil and feta salad recipe from Domestic Gothess

 

 

Millet, watercress and lemon salad

millet, watercress and lemon salad
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After spring cleaning your pantry, you might find that it's time to restock and try some new ingredients. 

Millet is highly nutritious and mildly flavoured making it ideal to pair with fresh watercress and zingy lemon.

Get the recipe for millet, watercress and lemon salad at Strength and Sunshine

 

 

Roasted veggie farro salad

roasted veggie farro salad
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Another grain to try is farro, or the very similar, and frugal pearl barley. It is ideal for soaking up a creamy herb tahini dressing served with this roasted vegetable salad.

Get the recipe for this roasted veggie farro salad from Connoisseurus Veg

 

 

Rainbow grilled halloumi salad

rainbow grilled halloumi salad
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No salad round up can be complete without some grilled halloumi. It is the perfect partner to salads with its robust saltiness.   Here it is perfectly paired with sweet figs, raspberries and a balsamic dressing. A rainbow on a plate and a perfect centre piece for a lunch table.

Get the rainbow grilled halloumi salad recipe from Two Purple Figs

 

Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food and recipe writer and blogger at Fuss Free Flavours.

 

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