Every spring when herbs and vegetables begin to arrive, it always feels somewhat miraculous. i like to have a salad for lunch (at least as a side) most days, and wanted to share my formula for building a great spring salad. Here’s a recipe for a spring salad that you’ll love!
This spring salad has kale, asparagus, radish, grana padano cheese, sunflower seeds and pickled onion, but you could make a spring salad with any formula using the below recipe.Print
this springy salad represents a general formula i follow for building salads without a recipe. enjoy!
- 2-3 cups of lettuce – here, kale
- 1-2 vegetable toppings – here, asparagus and radish
- 1 umami topping – here, grana padano cheese
- 1 crunchy topping – here, toasted sunflower seeds
- 1 bright/acidic topping – here, pickled onions
- simple vinaigrette
- 2:1 ratio of olive oil to apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp of dijon mustard
- pinch salt, pinch pepper
- remove ribs of kale and tear/chop into bite size pieces
- massage with a little bit of olive oil
- season the kale with salt and pepper — as noted in “six seasons,” seasoning lettuce before you dress it helps you balance the flavor and not depend on dressing for flavor
- add dressing and toss until lightly coated and the kale (or lettuce) tastes good enough to eat on its own.
- add in some of the smaller ingredients that you want to be distributed evenly — cheese, seeds — and toss again
- if you’re just serving yourself, plate it how you like with the bigger toppings — i like to style my salads with sections for each ingredient — if you’re serving it family style, toss before serving
- finish with maldon salt if you like!
sometimes a salad benefits from 1 sweet topping – fresh or dried fruit is lovely, but here i was feeling the green vibes.
a pro tip, if you’re using avocado in your salad, is to plate the salad and then put the avo on it; if you toss the salad with avocado already in the mixture it can get gloopy and resemble guacamole more than a salad.