After the chilly winter months, there’s nothing more refreshing than the sight of fresh spring fruit and vegetables. Crisp lettuce, brightly colored rhubarb and fresh asparagus help liven up any meal. Spring is one of the best times to get in the kitchen and prepare a healthy plant-based recipe. When you are experimenting with seasonal produce that is ripe and fresh you can turn a simple salad or side dish into something extraordinary, brimming with flavor. Here are four recipes that highlight spring produce.
Choose Strawberries for vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber.
1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
2 cups spring mix greens
1/3 cup Clearly Organic Mixed Nuts, chopped
1/3 cup Clearly Organic Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Sugar
3 Tablespoons white vinegar
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Sesame Seeds
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
2 Tablespoons onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon Clearly Organic Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
In a large bowl combine mixed greens, spinach, and berries.
In a jar with a lid add olive oil, sugar, vinegar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, chopped onion, paprika and Worcestershire sauce. Secure lid to the jar and shake dressing until contents are evenly distributed. Just before serving top salad with the desired amount of dressing.
Choose cranberries for Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Eat them as a snack or throw them in a salad like the recipe below!
Dressing: 1/4 cup Olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons agave nectar 1/2 teaspoon dried dill 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salad: Two 15oz cans Best Choice Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained 2 Celery stacks diced 1 carrot shredded 1/2 cup Best Choice dried cranberries 1/2 cup Best Choice Pecans finely chopped 1/2 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, vinegar, agave, dill and red pepper flakes to make the dressing. Set aside so the flavors come together.
In a large bowl, mix all the salad ingredients together, then mix in the dressing.
Let chill in the refrigerator for one hour before serving. Can be served as is or spooned into lettuce leaves to make wraps.