Nothing says spring like light, healthy salads! Celebrate the fresh flavors of spring with these delicious salad recipes made with fresh vegetables of spring.
Warm Snow Pea & Chicken Salad
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed
1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided
2 tablespoons tahini, or cashew butter
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound snow peas, trimmed and thinly slivered lengthwise
2 tablespoons chopped cashews
1.Place chicken in a medium skillet or saucepan and add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer gently until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to cool. Shred into bite-size pieces. (Cool and refrigerate the broth, reserving it for another use.)
2.Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil and tahini (or cashew butter) in a large bowl until smooth.
3.Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in slivered peas and cook, stirring, until bright green, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the dressing.
4.Add the chicken to the bowl with the peas; toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with cashews.
Watercress & Sugar Snap Salad with Warm Sesame-Shallot Vinaigrette
8 ounces fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 2 cups; see Tip)
2 large bunches watercress, woody stems trimmed (4 ounces or 4 loosely packed cups)
2 tablespoons peanut oil, or canola oil
4 large shallots, thinly sliced into rings
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crumbled hard, aged goat cheese , or Asiago cheese
1.Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add peas and cook until bright green, 30 seconds. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl, add watercress and toss to combine.
2.Heat peanut (or canola) oil in a medium nonstick skillet over low heat; add shallots and cook very slowly, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar, sesame oil and salt; cook until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Pour the warm dressing over the peas and watercress; toss well. Top with cheese and serve.
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 teaspoons shallots, minced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/3 cups olive oil, mild flavored
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped into 1/8 inch wide strips
1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped into 1/8 inch wide strips
12 leaves basil, chopped into fine strips
3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup garbanzo beans
4 cups tomatoes, seeded and diced
3 cups turkey breast, diced
1/2 cup salami, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons scallions, chopped
1. For salad, toss together the ingredients in a large bowl and chill in your refrigerator.
2. For dressing, whisk together ingredients in a small bowl and chill for an hour.
3. Just before serving, toss dressing with salad and serve.