Spring is finally here and there’s no better way to kick your new health routine into high gear than with leafy green meals chocked full of vital nutrients. Salads are a delicious and easy way to give your body all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay fueled and healthy. The difficult part about incorporating salads into your weekly meal planning is keep enough variety so that you don’t get bored. Fortunately, there are so many ingredients and combinations you can try that you’ll never run out of new option.

Here are 12 healthy and delicious spring salad recipes:

1. Tuscan Grilled Chicken Pepper Salad

This salad is so pretty, and delicious too! It’s the perfect spring salad for pot-lucks, BBQ’s and get-togethers. Loads of sliced peppers, every color of the rainbow, are tossed with grilled chicken, sliced red onions, tomatoes, olives, and basil, along with a smooth, Italian balsamic based vinaigrette.

2. Healthy Grilled Chicken Salad

I’ve just started a new workout routine so I’m trying my best to stay really healthy. That means lots of protein and vegetables. This salad is a delicious way to enjoy dinner while getting all the nutrients you need to stay healthy.

3. Waldorf Salad

This recipe comes from my Mother’s Aunt Barbara. Waldorf salad is such a simple recipe, but it has always been a favorite in my family. Whip this salad up when you have company coming over and it will be sure to please.

4. Grilled Chicken Salad with Fresh Strawberries and Spinach

This is the perfect spring/summer salad. The fresh strawberries and spinach compliment the chicken really nicely and give it a sweet (but not overpowering) taste.

5. Caprese Salad in a Glass

Caprese Salad is a traditional salad, usually served on it is own or as a side dish but this time I have used it in small quantities as an appetizer, to be held in your hand and to be eaten with a little spoon.

6. Fresh Pear Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

I love fresh salads, but I love salads that include fresh fruit even more. Crisp pears give this salad a fresh taste and crunchy texture. You can whip this salad up in a flash for a simple side dish, or even pair it with some soup and you have an entire meal. Homemade red wine vinaigrette tops this delicious salad off. Yum!

7. Tortellini Salad with Prosciutto and Spinach

This tortellini salad is great for an outdoor picnic or a light lunch indoors as well. The tangy dressing really gives it some kick, while the prosciutto adds some saltiness. Creamy ricotta tops it off and makes this a delightful salad that is quick and ready to eat in about 30 minutes!

8. Strawberry Goat Cheese and Quinoa Salad

The key to this salad is to cook the quinoa the right way: rinse, drain, toast in a dry pan, not too much water (MUCH less than rice, for 1 cup quinoa use only 1.5 cups water), simmer in a pot with a vented lid for 16 minutes. This will give you fluffy NOT soggy quinoa every time!

9. Strawberry Spinach Salad

This quick recipe is fresh and healthy. Whip it up for a light lunch, or serve it as a first course for a lavish dinner. Your guests will love the homemade strawberry vinaigrette.

10. Mixed Veggie Salad with Rosemary and Sumac

This is a very simple salad with finely chopped baby carrots, tomatoes, beets, peppers, and seasoned with fresh rosemary. It’s both healthy and delicious and I hope you enjoy it.

11. Wilted Spinach Salad

I absolutely love wilted spinach salad. I guess it helps that bacon is one of my favorite foods ever (except for when I occasionally watch Charlotte’s Web with my kids and feel guilty). Anyways, this salad goes well with almost any main course, or you could just eat it alone for lunch or dinner. Sure the bacon isn’t great for you, but go ahead and indulge every once in a while (I won’t tell Wilbur).

12. Mandarin Steak Salad

Here’s a great spring salad that’s good for picnics. Simple and tasty! The mandarins compliment the steak really well and give it a citrus flavor that’s perfect for the spring and summer seasons.

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