Oh, hello there Spring! I hardly noticed you with all the wind and rain happening. I’m glad you have made an appearance and I am equally glad you were able to melt all that snow winter left behind. Flowers are blooming, dresses are flowing in the wind (albeit a little too much sometimes), allergies are in full force. Oh what a glorious time of year! I joke, I do truly love spring, especially before it gets too too hot.
One thing I look forward to the most in Spring and Summer in general is the abundance of fresh fruit. We buy certain fruit like blueberries and strawberries all year round, but there is nothing like biting into that perfectly ripened in season berry. Yum! I will eat the whole carton of blueberries in one siting if Rose doesn’t stop me.
This simple salad incorporates and welcomes all the beautiful in-season berries that you could imagine. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, oh my! I have to keep adding in more and more fruit because I pick it out as I’m assembling the salad.. sometimes I just can’t wait!
We like our berries to rest on a nice bed of spinach, but any lettuce will do. We also cut up some carrots, snap peas, and tomatoes to add in some extra veggies and crunch.
Aside from all the juicy berries in this salad, I also love how adaptable it is to whatever taste you are craving or what is in season. Sometimes we add chicken, sometimes we add in some mango, sometimes we even add in some sesame sticks or croutons – I know, living on the edge. Dress it up with a quick toss in extra virgin olive oil and some balsamic and you’re good to go.
At the first sign of Spring I always start making this salad and bringing it for lunch or having it on the side of dinner. It is refreshing and simple to make, which is what I crave in the warmer months. Do you guys have any go to spring/summer meals?