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Healthy Spring Salads for Entertaining

Spring is finally here and with it brings along excitement and anticipation of warmer weather, outdoor activities, and of course, entertaining! Try these five uniquely flavored salads that are perfect for ladies’ brunch, picnics, or as a new addition to your lunchbox line up! 

There is nothing better than kicking off a new season with fresh recipes and truly nothing represents the change of weather from Winter to Spring better than bright, fresh salads. They can be made hearty enough for a full meal or as a perfect side-dish to your favorite entrees. Just because salads are typically quick to made, it doesn’t mean that they won’t impress at your next brunch or dinner party.

Salads can be diverse with all of the possible different ingredient combinations. However, sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what flavors will work well together beyond the staple garden salad. Try out some of these new salad recipes that are sure to impress your friends and family.

SWEET AND SPICY CUCUMBER SALAD

Mini Cucumbers, pomegranates, and jalapenos, work harmoniously together and a great way to showcase this combination is in a fresh Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad. This delicious recipe screams Springtime feels with every bite. It’s juicy, sweet, full of nutrients and packs a kick – definitely a step up from a traditional leafy salad!

Putting it together is super easy which is almost the best part! All you need to do is chop the cucumbers, dice a red onion, and mix both together in a bowl with pomegranate arils, some lime juice, and a pinch of salt until everything is combined. To add a fun, spicy twist, add some diced jalapeno to get that nice sweet and spicy flavor. For best taste results, mix ahead of serving time and allow your salad to marinate for 2-3 hours. Then just serve and enjoy!

MEDITERRANEAN ROASTED CHICKPEA SALAD

Pure FlavorWhoever says salads aren’t filling enough to be a meal have not tried this recipe! This salad seamlessly blends the classic flavors of the Mediterranean, with fresh ingredients. And the sweetest part of this Mediterranean Roasted Chickpea Salad is the Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes. This refreshing, yet hearty salad is one that will have all your friends asking for the recipe.

There are 3 parts to preparing this salad. Roasting the chickpeas, preparing your veggies, and creating the dressing.   To start, preheat your oven to 400° F and in a small bowl, toss chickpeas, with olive oil, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Evenly spread the seasoned chickpeas on an oiled baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring them every 10 minutes. Once the chickpeas are browned, set aside to cool.

In a jar or small bowl, combine olive oil, chopped garlic, lemon juice, salt and black pepper for the salad dressing. Either whisk or shake until emulsified. Super simple! Then once the chickpeas have cooled, combine tomatoes, spinach, feta, olives, and onion, in a medium bowl. Add the chickpeas into the mix.  Drizzle with salad dressing and serve. It’s hearty yet still somehow light – this will be a must have addition to your next brunch menu. 

CUCUMBER FARRO SALAD

Pure FlavorUnique, healthy, and delicious, this Cucumber Farro Salad is the trifecta!  This well-rounded recipe features both Mini Cucumbers and Luna® Sweets Cocktail Tomatoes which makes it pop with freshness and sweetness. Whether you plan to share this salad for dinner or keep it to yourself, you’ll be glad you made it.

Even with a fresh homemade salad dressing, this recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare. Just chop or dice the vegetables as needed and combine them with arugula, cooked farro, and olives in a large salad bowl. Pour your homemade dressing over the salad and toss until there is even coating. Garnish with goat cheese and almonds for an extra pop of flavor and serve. It’s colourful, hearty, and delightful – a staple for any lunch! For a complete meal, top with grilled chicken or a salmon filet. 

ITALIAN PASTA SALAD

Pure FlavorIf you’re looking for a side dish where the flavors bring you back to the rustic Italian countryside, then look no further than this  Italian Pasta Salad. There is absolutely nothing bland about this wonderfully crafted pasta salad showcasing the vibrant colors and sweetness of Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers.

To get started, cook your favorite pasta to al dente according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking make the dressing by adding red wine vinegar, shallot, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and salt to a bowl. Gently combine and allow to sit for at least 5 minutes. Then add olive oil, Dijon mustard, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes and whisk to combine.

Once everything is ready, combine cooked pasta with the mini peppers, tomatoes, mozzarella, artichokes, black olives, parmesan, parsley, and pepperoncini peppers in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and mix until well combined. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste and serve. This is perfect to bring to your next potluck or pack for a nice sunny, Spring picnic! 

PITA TOMATO SALAD

Pure FlavorWith so much sweetness in one bowl from the Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes, you will almost forget that you are eating a salad, and not desert. This simple sweet Pita Tomato Salad recipe is full of crunch and can be whipped up in no time!

To get started, preheat the oven to 400° F. to make your pita chips! Place pita squares onto a parchment lined baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toss until coated. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown and crispy. While they are baking, whisk together all the dressing ingredients. Pulling this together is so easy! In a large bowl, combine tomatoes and onions. Drizzle with dressing and toss. Add in pita chips and toss again before serving and there you have it!  

TRY SOMETHING NEW
When you start to think of all of the ways you can use fresh, greenhouse grown vegetables, you will see that the possibilities are pretty much endless. Flavor up your current line-up of recipes with fresh ingredients or try something completely new. There is plenty of inspiration to choose from that will have you ready to welcome Spring and start entertaining family and friends.

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, eating a salad a day will also increase the level of powerful antioxidants in your blood.  As you may already know, fresh greenhouse grown vegetables like peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes are full of essential Vitamins to fuel your body.  Springtime is typically seen as a season of renewal and what better way to celebrate that than eating healthy foods to help the body feel energetic and filled with vitality. Topped with your favorite grilled protein for a complete meal or served as part of a full dinner menu, these salads are just a few of the ideas to help you Live Deliciously®! Thank you Pure Flavor®

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