We’ve had lots of chilly days here in North Carolina but for the most part, it’s been a pretty mild winter. If we have a string of cold days, there are usually several in the near forecast that will climb up into the 60’s or even 70’s. Nevertheless, I’m so looking forward to spring, not just for the warmer weather but for glorious unfurling of God’s magical metamorphosis – tiny buds appearing on seemingly lifeless branches, vibrant green shoots popping up from a barren earth, entire trees blanketed in soft pink blossoms… new life, here, there and everywhere!
It seems every year around this time, as I anticipate spring and all the delicious bounty it also brings, I start craving salads with bright, fresh ingredients. It’s almost like they tide me over until the season does finally arrive.
I thought I’d share a few favorites that add a little fresh pizzaz into our meals despite everything outdoors still quite dreary. I’m also including a few delicious, vibrant salad dressings that can be used with just about any kind of greens.
Roasted Shrimp, Tomato and White Bean Salad – this one’s so delicious! I love that it’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but elegant enough for your fanciest company!
Whole Lemon and Thyme Salad Dressing – the most sunny, bright delicious salad dressing! And it’s got a zillion other uses too! Check them out!
Arugula Chicken Salad with Honey Lime Dressing – a fabulous power salad full of lean protein and delicious, fresh produce. The Sweet-tart dressing is a perfect finishing touch.
Kale and Apple Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing – healthy , fresh and utterly delicious? If you look those words up in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of this salad!
Mexican Sugar-Seared Salmon Salad – this is the easiest and most crazy delicious salmon salad we’ve ever had. Super versatile too!
Citrus, Strawberry and Avocado Salad – This salad, combined with a delicious Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing will take you over the top. What a way to healthy eating!