I like the time of year when the orchards are starting to grow and the farmers’ markets have fresh vegetables for salads. Large salads are the lunch for me to go to, and often a glass of kambocha or iced herbal tea is served at dinner on my way.
And guess what; one surefire way to make my kids excited about salads is to add berries!
How to make the perfect spring salad
This salad was inspired by the freshness of greens and strawberries in spring and early summer. Here’s how we made it:
First: Baby greens, strawberries, and goat cheese
For the base of this salad, I would like to use mixed greens for children, but I would also use spinach, romaine, or other lettuce if that’s what I have on hand. After that, I tossed in some toasted pecans and dried cranberries. Next, I sliced some strawberries and topped the salad with goat cheese. You can also use a mix of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or berries that are in season.
Yes that’s right. Goat cheese. It looks like a very polarizing cheese. Some love it and others don’t touch it with a ten foot pole! If you like, skip the cheese or use something of your choice instead. Feta, gorgonzola, and blue cheese are excellent.
Sometimes I make this salad prematurely (suns dressing) and then stick it in the fridge until dinner.
Second: honey mustard dressing (or dressing of choice)
I use honey mustard dressing in spring salads. The sweet tanganese goes perfectly with the fruit and creamy goat cheese and homemade chicken strips that go to the top.
I prefer to avoid a lot of ingredients in store-bought honey mustard dressings, so I just make my own. I use easily identifiable ingredients and use it as a dressing or dipping sauce. This is my children’s favorite scent for drowning.
Dressing can also be prepared in advance and refrigerated. Usually, I already have something in the fridge that avoids other foods, which makes this salad even easier.
Last step (optional): strips of chicken baked with almond flour
If I’m serving it as a meal, the last thing I want is to make my own almond flour chicken strips on top of the salad. They are delicious, grain free, and loved by everyone in the family. I usually roast them on the stove, but you can drizzle them with oil and bake them in the oven.
This berry salad also works great as a side salad without chicken.
Mix it up!
I often serve this salad, so I change the dressing or ingredients to keep it interesting. Here are some alternatives we love:
Goat cheese is our favorite, but try these variations:
- Blue cheese
- Dairy Free Option – Sub Avocado
Any seasonal berries will work!
- Ripe apple
- Chopped dates or figs
Nuts / toppings
- Chopped almonds (drizzle with maple syrup and a pinch of salt before chopping)
- Pine nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Cannabis hearts
All these dressings are delicious in this salad! When I don’t make them from scratch, I buy them from primary kitchens.
Spring salad with berries
A tasty and fresh salad for spring with fresh strawberries (or berries of choice), creamy goat cheese, grated toasted pecans, and dried cranberries on the lettuce bed.
- ½ Cup Honey mustard dressing (Or dressing of choice)
- 1 Cup پکن Toasted
- 12 Cup Green salad
- 4 Oz Goat cheese چکنا چور
- ½ Cup Dried cranberries (Or raisins)
- 1 Cup Strawberry (Chopped)
- 1 Between Homemade chicken strip (optional)
Cook the chicken strips as directed and set aside.
Prepare the honey mustard dressing as directed and set aside.
Heat a small skeleton over medium heat on the stove.
Occasionally tossing, add the pecans and toast, until they start to brown and don’t smell too good.
Set aside the pecans until cool.
Put two large handfuls of lettuce / green in each plate.
Chop the chicken and top each salad with equal amounts of goat cheese, toasted pecans, cranberries, chopped strawberries and dressing.
Feel free to use pre-cooked chicken in this recipe. And enjoy changing the types of fruit, cheese and dressings you use.
Service: 1Salad | Calories: 725kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.3Yes | Protein: 27.7Yes | Fat: 56.4Yes | Saturated fat: 16.5Yes | Cholesterol: 150But | Sodium: 820But | Fiber: 6.4Yes | Sugar: 18.1Yes
Try more spring recipes!
What is your favorite salad? Do you have a difference? Let me know below!