As the weather gets warmer and sunlight lingers later in the day, we've started to crave lighter meals. Yes, it's spring detox time, but salads needn't be sparse or bland. From zesty citrus dressings to hearty kale salads, these fresh recipe ideas are equal parts healthy and filling. Scroll down for 10 salad recipes to kick-start your spring detox and inspire a healthy new season.
Detoxing after a winter filled with rich pastas and hearty roasts? Reach for this raw zucchini, squash, and fennel salad. The dish has all our favorite spring ingredients, from fresh corn and snap peas to zesty lemon.
As the warmer months draw near, we can't wait to start tossing fruit in our salads. Try this kale citrus salad recipe for a new-season flavor combination. It's loaded with unexpected ingredients like pomegranate, red onion, cranberries, and green apple. What's more, kale is high in fiber and rich in vitamins like folate and magnesium, making it great for digestion.
Tangy, textured and loaded with nutrients, this thrown-together shredded Brussels sprout salad is a lunchtime staple in the making. Simply slice up the raw vegetable ingredients and toss with the tahini, orange, and honey salad dressing for a super simple healthy meal to go.
The perfect side dish to complement a hearty lunch or dinner, this fresh pea, potato, and acidulated shallots salad is a healthy go-to. The real hero is the creamy dill dressing—a rich blend of raw cashews, dill, dijon mustard, and agave nectar. Prepare it at the start of the week and store this side dish in the fridge to give your meal a healthy spring makeover.
Edamame and coconut don't normally appear in the same dish, but British super chef Yotam Ottolenghi perfects the pairing in a salad recipe from his vegetarian cookbook Plenty More. Try this inventive combination in place of your regular steamed greens for an Asian-inspired twist.
Once you've tried a spiralizer you'll want to transform every vegetable in your fridge into long, delicious noodles. The super handy chef's tool grates ingredients like cucumber or carrot into thin strands, making it a detox-friendly alternative to pasta or noodles. Give it a try with this chili lime cucumber noodle salad, which is served on a piece of watermelon dusted in chipotle powder for an extra-flavorful bite.
We love a no-cook meal and this beet and orange salad ticks all our boxes. A combination of beets, goats cheese, orange, and pine nuts on a bed of couscous, it takes just seven minutes to prepare. Drizzle with quality olive oil and it's ready to serve!
Craving a salad that's full of flavor? This dill and cucumber dish might look plain, but appearances can be deceiving. The recipe calls for sliced cucumber to be sprinkled with salt, sugar, and vinegar then left in the fridge for an hour to pickle.
A truly photogenic spring recipe, Martha Stewart's green salad with edible flowers is a celebration of the new season. The simple base of baby salad greens gets a hint of color and quirk with mini viola flowers. It's almost too pretty to eat.