Now the weather is finally warming up a bit and we are seeing a little more sunshine, my thoughts have turned to delicious spring salads. Whether you serve them as an appetizer, side dish or the main event, salads can add variety and great taste to your menus. Most take very little effort and some can even be made ahead, a boon for busy weeknights or easy weekend lunches.
My Peach Proscuitto and Parmesan Salad (pictured above) can be made with canned peaches if fresh are not available and it is literally the work of moments to throw together. A delicious appetizer, you can simply add a more generous serving of proscuitto and serve with a side of hot crusty bread to turn this easy salad into a main meal. You can also substitute Parma Ham for the proscuitto and nectarines for the peaches.
I first tried Salade Frisée at our favourite Paris restaurant many years ago and my version of it has featured regularly on our family menus ever since. A warming French salad that is perfect for this time of year, it works equally well as an appetizer or a light main course. Simply serve one poached egg for an appetizer salad and two for a main dish.
Whenever I serve my late Mom’s Potato Salad, everyone always asks for the recipe. Light and full of flavour, this is the perfect spring salad side for luncheons or more casual barbecues. The potatoes are marinated in oil and vinegar overnight to give a fabulous depth of flavour. There really is nothing else like it.
My Tuna Pasta Salad is the salad I’m always asked to bring to potlucks and barbecues. People rave about this creamy and flavourful dish, which makes a tasty side but is satisfying enough to work as a pescatarian main course.
Coronation Chicken has a fascinating royal history and really is one of the quintessential British spring and summer salads. Lightly flavoured with curry, this fresh, fruit studded spring salad is often served at picnics and parties.
Proving that quality ingredients don’t need a lot of fuss, my Easiest Tomato Salad Ever lets the flavour of garden fresh tomatoes and cucumber shine through. It’s remarkably low effort but it looks really pretty and tastes amazing.
Make spring meals easy with these salad recipes. Perfect for family meals or entertaining, I’m sure you will find that these are recipes you will turn to time and time again.