Did someone say spring salad? Today, we’re talking about my recipe for an easy spring salad that’s ready in 10 minutes or less! This recipe is filled with pistachios, feta, radishes, peas and so much more! Not to mention this spring salad recipe is paired with a super simple garlic, lemon and mint dressing!
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Okay, But What Is a Spring Salad?
So I to didn’t really know what constitutes a salad for being “springy”. After doing some research, I’ve discovered that a simple salad has things like asparagus, peas, and mint. Additionally, it really comes down to the colour. Add in some radishes and purple carrots to get that bright spring-like colour.
Lastly, when it comes to spring salads, we want to keep it light, which is why I decided to pair this salad with a lemon, garlic and mint dressing; truly to die for!
Let’s Talk ZipGrow Live Lettuce
First and foremost, let’s talk about ZipGrow. ZipGrow manufactures hydroponic growing equipment of all sizes, ranging from home kitchen units to big commercial farms. It just so happens that this lettuce was grown in one of their systems, using their fundamental ZipGrow Tower™. The benefits of growing vertically are endless, including the ability to grow all year round, increased freshness, and shorter growing times. If you’d like to learn more about all things ZipGrow, click here!
Now, let’s talk live lettuce. With vertical farming, there is no soil, so we need to replace it with some other kind of growing media. Here, we’re using peat moss plugs, which is where the roots are going to attach to.
The benefit of harvesting lettuce live is that it will last way longer than the stuff you get at the store! If you keep your plug wet, it will continue to stay just as fresh as the day you cut it off the tower.
What About Salad Dressing?
I honestly struggled to think of a dressing that would go well with this recipe. After much debate, I settled on a delicious lemon garlic and mint dressing, which pairs PERFECTLY with this recipe.
The beauty of this dressing is that it’s super light and doesn’t really take away from all the other delicious flavours in this salad. Not to mention it only takes minutes to make.
How to Make an Easy Spring Salad
Step 1: Gather the troops. I like to have everything ready ahead of time so you’re not rifling through the fridge trying to find something.
Step 2: Let’s get slicing and chopping. Slice your cucumbers & radishes, dice your avocado & feta, chop your pistachios, and shave your carrots.
Step 3: Lay down the foundation of any salad, which of course, is the lettuce.
Step 4: Pile on everything else. Obviously, for the photo, I made sure everything was perfectly placed; however, you can also just toss everything in there.
Step 5: It’s time to get dressed. Mince your garlic, squeeze your lemon, and finely chop your mint.
Step 6: Decide who you’re going to share this with, and enjoy!
Let's Get Cooking
Easy Spring Salad Recipe
- 4 Cups Lettuce
- 2 Radishes Sliced
- 1/3 Cup Peas
- 1/4 Cup Pistachios Chopped
- 1 Avocado Diced
- 1/2 Cup Feta Crumbled
- 1/2 Cucumber Sliced
- 1 Carrot Shaved
For Salad Dressing
- 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Garlic Clove Minced
- 1-2 TBSP Lemon Juice
- 5-6 Mint Leaves Chopped
- 1/2 TSP Salt
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- Begin by prepping your ingredients. Slice your radishes & cucumber thinly, chopped pistachios, dice avocado, crumble feta, and shave carrot into ribbons.
- In a large bowl add your washed lettuce.
- Add the remainder of your ingredients over top and toss.
- Pour dressing over your salad, stir and enjoy!
For Salad Dressing
- Begin by mincing your garlic and chopping your mint.
- Add all ingredients to a jar and stir or shake until completely combined.