Fresh Easy to Make Salads Perfect for Spring

The spring season brings to mind flowers blooming and plants springing back to life, making it the ideal time to enjoy fresh produce in meals throughout the day. Salads are of course one of the easiest ways to combine the flavors of your favorite fruits and veggies, but you can take your greens to the next level with refreshing recipe ideas.

Creating a cool, satisfying salad can be easy when you start with quality ingredients like Fresh Express salad blends, NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes and Litehouse dressings for versatile bases in a nearly endless array of options. For example, salads aren’t limited to lunch or appetizers – this Breakfast Salad Bowl makes for an energizing start to the day by combining classic salad ingredients with quinoa, bacon, and avocado.

Perfect for those busy weeknights, heartier salad recipes can also provide quick, simple dinner options. As a more traditional mix to enjoy at the family table, this Salmon and Grains Salad Bowl brings together salmon, tomatoes, and chickpeas on a bed of lettuce topped with ranch dressing.

Find more ways to create hearty salads this spring at litehousefoods.com/iheartsalad.

Salmon and Grains Salad Bowl

Course: Salad
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Salmon
  • 2 tbsp Paprika divided
  • 15 oz Chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Red Quinoa Cooked
  • 4 oz NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 F. Sprinkle salmon with 1 teaspoon paprika;season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake on lined baking sheet 15 minutes,or until it reaches desired doneness.
  • In bowl, toss chickpeas in olive oil and remaining paprika; addsalt and pepper, to taste. Add chickpeas to lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 F 30-40minutes.
  • Add lettuce to plate or bowl. Top with quinoa, chickpeas,salmon and tomatoes. Drizzle with ranch dressing.

Breakfast Salad Bowl

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 10 oz NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil divided
  • 2 oz Fresh Express Baby Spinach
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Bacon Strips halved
  • 1 cup Quinoa cooked
  • 1/2 Avocado sliced
  • 2 tbsp Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 F. Toss tomatoes in 1 tablespoon olive oil.Bake tomatoes on lined baking sheet 40 minutes.
  • In skillet, add remaining olive oil and cook baby spinachuntil wilted, stirring as necessary.
  • Cook egg as desired. Remove egg from skillet and set aside.Add bacon to skillet and cook until crispy, turning halfway through.
  • In bowl, layer quinoa, bacon, avocado, egg, spinach andtomatoes. Drizzle with jalapeno ranch dressing.
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