SPRING – Quick Spring Salads | Seasonal Cooking

In Spring we begin to long for lighter food.

Oven Dried Tomatoes

Spring is definitely in the air even though the weather is still catching up. But suddenly we want lighter foods, more salads, crisp, green and gorgeous. Try the following quick Spring Delights.

You can also find dozens of salads to try here and here. Or if you are after Spring dishes, explore our Early Spring, Mid Spring, and Late Spring recipes.

Spring brings to us such fresh ingredients after the cold of winter. They can be dressed simply and enjoyed during this period where the gentle warmth of Spring means gentle flavours, and bright, young vegetables that can be eaten raw or quickly sauteed or steamed.

Spring Short Order

Broad Beans

Mix diced tomatoes, finely diced red onions and a few thyme leaves together, and stir through some fresh cooked broad beans. Add a little olive oil and lemon juice.

Spring Time Tomato and Broad Bean Salad

Make a Broad and Butter Bean Mash, or sear young ones on the grill.

Broad Bean and Tomato Salad


Oven roast  tomatoes (or cook in a dish on a covered BBQ) and drizzle  with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. Use a herbed salt or specialty salt if you have one handy.

Oven Baked Tomatoes

Try a Charred Tomato Salad with Mint and Lime.

Charred Tomatoes | Winter | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Vegetarian |Salads


Mix some chopped pawpaw with Thai basil leaves, chopped chilli, shredded fresh ginger and sliced spring onions. Add some blanched sliced snake beans. Dress with a mixture of lime juice, palm sugar, a splash of light soy and sesame oil. See the complete recipe here.

Pawpaw Salsa | Salsa | A Life Time of Cooking


Drizzle rocket leaves and sliced figs with walnut oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.

White Fig and Rocket Salad

Try a Fig and Almond Salad.

Fig and Almond Salad | A Life Time of Cooking

Pink Grapefruit or Pomelo

Toss pink grapefruit or pomelo segments with sliced avocado and lettuce leaves. Grind black pepper into olive oil and drizzle over the salad. Mix up the pomelo with pink grapefruit and/or orange segments if you prefer.

Pomelo and Avocado Salad with Ruby Grapefruit

Try an Ottolenghi Pomelo Salad.

Pomelo and Avocado Salad


Eat radishes as they are, with celtic sea salt or some specialty salts. If you grow your own, they are even more flavoursome. Here, they are served with Persian Blue salt.

Radishes with Sea Salt

Try a Radish and Green Mango Salad.

Jicama and Green Mango Salad | Salads | Summer | Autumn | A Life Time of Cooking


Look for or grow your own salad leaves including cress, dandelion, purslane and salad burnett.

Oven Dried Tomatoes








Author: Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.

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