Now there is no reason that you or your mom might not want
a big juicy steak on Mother’s Day, or a bowl of pasta, but something about Mother’s Day makes me think salads. It’s very likely it’s because Mother’s Day pretty much coincides with Spring really being in full force, and Spring speaks to me of salads.
Love this quote from
“I don’t altogether agree that a plain green salad ever becomes a bore – not, that is, if it’s made with fresh, well-drained crisp greenstuff and a properly seasoned dressing of good-quality olive oil and a sound wine vinegar. But I do agree that all this talk about ‘tossed salads’ is a bore; it seems to me that a salad and its dressing are things we should take more or less for granted at a meal, like bread and salt; and not carry on about them.”
Elizabeth David (1913-1992) ‘The Spectator’, 1961
I don’t think I fully know what she means, but the language is just wonderful.
33 Salad Recipes for Mother’s Day
This is the salad for people who might not think a main-course salad is really a thing. (And if you’ve ever ordered Chinese Chicken Salad on a menu, this is for you.)
This pasta salad is portable and flexible. It’s also a nice way to play around with the vegetables of the season.
Proof that salads can be sexy.
A great grain and vegetable salad for all kinds of occasions.
Pretty and delicious, with a nice little kick.
A Mediterranean twist on a very classic Middle Eastern bulgur wheat salad
A little heat and a lot of crunch.
The flavors of Korean cooking are front and center in this recipe. It’s an amazing balance of spicy and sweet and savory.
This salad has a whole lot going on in terms of color, texture, taste, and nutrition.
When you can’t decide between salad and steak (and you want have your steak but eat it, too – or something like that).
A very nice thing to happen to a bowl of quinoa.
Leftovers join forces to become this better-than-I-expected salad.
Bright and beautiful and free from regrets. Wish I could say that about everything in my life.
So easy, so colorful, so make ahead, so crowd-pleasing….and actually a vegan pasta salad, too).
Delicious, make-ahead, portable, room temperature – there is a lot to love about this grain salad.
Adding grains to green salads gives them a definite level of umph.
This summery dish pretty well underscores the thought that we eat with our eyes.
Mix and match any lettuces and herbs you like as a bed for this soft, savory slow cooked salmon.
It's hard to say who likes Greek salad the most in our family. It makes it into a meal often, and it's one of our go-to orders at any diner.
I love the way the additional of a couple of handfuls of cooked whole grains adds so much heft and interest to a salad.
This dish turns lunch into a luncheon.
A little bistro in your very own house.
A room temperature salad made with Mediterranean couscous is one of my pernennial go-to’s.
A must-make when corn is in season. This is such a good looking and satisfying salad for later summer.
The salad for anyone who can't get enough of that great peanutty chicken satay dressing. A serious salad meal.
Chicken salad meets Spring. This pasta salad is heavy on the chicken.
Don’t let the preciousness of the title fool you – this is one hell of a good salad.
This is so, so pretty, and can be made ahead, which is great when you have a crew of guests.
A fantastic Thai twist on a steak salad. Gary said he would have paid good money for this meal. Aw.
This was one of the best lunches ever, just that perfect chopped salad.
A springtime pasta perfect for a picnic, a buffet, or for a potluck.
The perfect thing to bring to a potluck.