Kristin

Kristin

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Once the weather starts getting warm, the craving for all kinds of salads sets in. These culinary evergreens are healthy options for both lunch and dinner, but eating the same old leafy greens every day gets boring—quickly. And who says that salads need to be all about the greens anyway? With every season come fresh new ingredients which are so worth sprinkling over, into, or around your favorite standby salads. What about asparagus, strawberries, and feta cheese, or maybe a blend of clementines, endives, and pecans?

We’re here to help you mix up the usual sad salad blend of lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes with our 5 favorite–and unique–salad recipes to try today.

Strawberry and asparagus salad

Sweet and juicy strawberries with tender asparagus and salty feta cheese make for a balanced blend of spring flavors. It’s excellent served with fresh baby spinach and crisp, nutty pistachios.

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Want to try out this tangy, bright salad with strawberries and asparagus? Find the recipe right here.

Light strawberry and asparagus salad

Light strawberry and asparagus salad

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Clementine and endive salad

This salad variation is a veritable flavor explosion, combining the sweetness of clementines with the crisp bitterness of endive, spice of arugula, and intense blue cheese—perfectly topped off with sweet and super crunchy pecans.

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Although this salad is super simple to throw together, its flavors are complex, and you’ll want to prepare it again and again. Find the recipe here.

Clementine endive salad with candied pecans

Clementine endive salad with candied pecans

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Watermelon salad with peach

This savory watermelon salad is a great way to mix up your summer barbecue repertoire. The fresh and remarkable flavors of peach, lime, and mint are perfectly harmonized, while pistachios add a subtle aroma and delicate bite. Smoked salt adds a little something special, and the easy balsamic vinaigrette would be great on any tender lettuce leaves.

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Grilled watermelon salad with peach

Grilled watermelon salad with peach

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Romanesco and pomegranate salad

We’ve got a serious weakness for Romanesco, especially when oven-roasted. Combined with pomegranate, cilantro, and pine nuts, it hits all the right notes: crunchy and soft, sweet, sour, and savory.

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We are pretty sure this is the most beautiful and vibrant salad ever! Are you with us? Then you’ll definitely have to try it!

Roasted Romanesco salad with pomegranate aioli

Roasted Romanesco salad with pomegranate aioli

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Quinoa, red beet and sweet potato salad

The softly roasted sweet potatoes, together with earthy red beets, tart cranberries, and fluffy quinoa really make a winning combination. Pecans and cilantro add the finishing touch to this hearty salad sensation with a salty, umami miso dressing.

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This exceptional salad combination is super easy to make and is the perfect hearty dish for lunch that is both healthy and satisfying.

Quinoa salad with beetroot, sweet potatoes, and miso dressing

Quinoa salad with beetroot, sweet potatoes, and miso dressing

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Which salad combination is your favorite? Would you try out one of these unusual salads or do you also have an unexpected salad recipe to share with our community? Tell us in the comments below!

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