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Spring Superfoods Salad

Welcome the fresh produce of spring with this healthy superfoods salad!

Spring Superfoods Salad 1

I think that if there were one food whose reputation I wish I had the power to transform, it would be the salad.

Carnivores, please don’t run screaming. I’m not here to convince you that gnawing on raw carrots all day long is where it’s at, man.

But, I do want you to see what my idea of a salad looks like. It’s neither the super-bland “house salad” of your typical restaurant (all bitter ribs, too-thick cucumber slices and screamingly raw red onions drowning in a weird vinaigrette); nor is it the I’m-pretty-sure-it-will-kill-you-faster-than-a-Big-Mac goopy dressing, cheese-infused mess from fast food joints.

No, this salad has the season’s freshest vegetables (wait, carnivores!), a last hurrah of winter fruit, quinoa for an extra hit of protein and … yes … meat. In my case, smoked salmon, but you can sub grilled chicken or smoked turkey. All with a lightly honey-sweet, lemony dressing.

Will I completely wreck the party by revealing how healthy this spring superfoods salad is? Yes? Okay, we won’t talk about that then. [But it really is healthy. Shhhh, you didn’t hear me say that.]

Spring Superfoods Salad 2

See how beautiful “green” salads can be? Kale, asparagus, green onions, pepitas, avocados — that’s definitely my kind of green.

Spring Superfoods Salad 3

But the best advice to eating well is always, “Eat the Rainbow.” Reds, oranges, purples and pinks and greens. They’re all salad-naturals, with their rainbow of colors and vitamins.

Spring Superfoods Salad 4

If this doesn’t make you want to run out and start a Spring garden, I don’t know what will (and it’s still not too late in many part of the U.S.)

Karen xo

Spring Superfoods Salad
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5 from 3 votes

Spring Superfoods Salad

Spring's best produce fill this healthy salad!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: superfood salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Karen Gibson

Ingredients

  • 4 large leaves kale sliced chiffonade and blanched (I used black kale)
  • handful spinach stems removed, sliced chiffonade
  • 1 small head Boston or bibb lettuce cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch asparagus tender ends only, cut into 2" pieces (blanched, if desired)
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • 3 radishes thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, chopped or flaked
  • 1 orange supremed and sliced (I used Cara Cara; use what's available)
  • 1 palmful dried cranberries or pomegranate arils when in season
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa - great use for leftovers or sub 1 cup prepared lentils or chickpeas
  • goat cheese crumbled, for garnish
  • pepitas roasted pumpkins seeds for garnish
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

for the lemon vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon white wine or champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Place the prepared ingredients from kale through and including quinoa in a large bowl and toss gently to mix.
  • Add the vinaigrette ingredients except the oil to a blender or a tall container (if using an immersion blender). Blend contents well. With the motor running, begin drizzling in the oil until well emulsified.
  • Plate the salad in individual servings with a garnish of goat cheese and pepitas, plus a light sprinkling of salt and/or black pepper. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top.

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcal
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.

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Alyssa Erickson

Sunday 22nd of April 2018

Just made this and it is delicious! It is the perfect spring salad! Love asparagus, goat cheese and salmon :)

Sarah

Wednesday 18th of April 2012

YUM! Made this last night (although after putting it all together, I decided to leave out the lettuce). Even though it takes a while to put everything together, it is totally worth it.

meatballs & milkshakes

Wednesday 11th of April 2012

Yum! Looks really delicious and healthy!

lisaiscooking

Wednesday 11th of April 2012

Just saw this at The Kitchn. What a beautiful salad! Love all the colors from those superfoods.

Rocky Mountain Woman

Monday 9th of April 2012

I love salads, especially this time of year when everything is just so beautiful in the market and in the garden.

Love the addition of quinoa. This looks too good to eat, but I suppose I'll give it my best shot!