5 Great Salads for Spring

I’m writing this newsletter in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where our family is enjoying a long-awaited, splurgey ski vacation with some friends. I’m typing this with one leg propped up on a chair and an ice pack on my knee, since a certain Mom 100 overdid it on the first day and managed to slightly tear her meniscus (and if you don’t know what a meniscus is, you’re lucky, and you shouldn’t even bother to look it up).

I am looking out the window at some seriously snow-covered hills, and alternately thinking of Stevie Nicks (if you get this reference and email me back saying so, you will make my day—perhaps my week) and the impending arrival of Spring.

In many parts of the country winter seems to be holding onto us like a toddler holding a parent on the first day of preschool, but the weather will ultimately catch up with the calendar. And then we’ll be ready with these salad recipes. Hasta la vista, Winter.

Spring = salads, and here are 5 crunchy, fresh salads to get the season started.

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5 Great Salads for Spring

Remember that time you used the word voluptuous to describe a salad and it totally made sense? This is that salad, with so much flavor and a lovely mix of textures.

Farro and Vegetable Salad

I love the way the additional of a couple of handfuls of cooked whole grains adds so much heft and interest to a salad.

With its substantial, chewy texture, farro is an amazing grain to anchor a salad, or to add to a salad as a supporting character. In this salad it kind of falls between the two. And the salad definitely earns very high marks across the deliciousness, the healthfulness, and the gorgeousness categories. Which, of course, are the main categories of salad.

Couscous Salad with Shrimp and Pesto Dressing

This summery dish pretty well underscores the thought that we eat with our eyes.

This is one of the happiest recipes I’ve made of late—something about the way the firm shrimp meet up with the little balls of plump couscous, the way the vegetables are studded throughout, the way the bright dressing pulls it all together. . . If it sounds like I’m overselling this, well, you’ll just have to make it and find out for yourself.

Simple Vegetarian Pasta Salad

So easy, so colorful, so make ahead, so crowd-pleasing….and actually a vegan pasta salad, too).

Food fads come and go, but a good pasta salad—that’s not going anywhere. This is an easy and flexible recipe for making the most of the vegetables we are delighted to see at this time of year.

Spinach and Radish Salad with Feta

What's green and white and red all over? This perfect little side salad.

Ok, you caught me—this is here to show off a pretty and simple salad. No massive wisdom or revelation, no tricks of the trade, just an attractive salad you can turn to time and time again.

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