• Spring Salads — Cookie’s Cooks

    Spring Salads — Cookie’s Cooks

    With a quick prep time and zero cooking involved, salads are a fast, easy, and delicious addition to your family’s weeknight meals. Furthermore, they’re a perfect way to make the most of spring’s freshest vegetables and fruits.

    Spinach & Strawberry Salad

    With a quick prep time and zero cooking involved, salads are a fast, easy, and delicious addition to your family’s weeknight meals. Furthermore, they’re a perfect way to make the most of spring’s freshest vegetables and fruits.

    strawberry-and-spinach-salad
    Photo Credit: AllRecipes.com

    Ingredients

    2 bunches of spinach, torn into bite sized pieces
    4 cups sliced strawberries
    ½ vegetable oil
    ¼ white wine vinegar
    ½ cup white sugar
    ½ tsp paprika
    2 tbsp. sesame seeds
    1 tbsp poppy seeds

    Directions

    1. In a large bowl, toss together the spinach and strawberries.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, paprika, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds. Pour over the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat.

    Quinoa, Corn & Mint Salad

    This light and flavorful salad from My Recipes takes quinoa to the next level with sweet corn and fresh herbs. It’s even better the next day!

    quinoa-corn-mint-salad
    Photo Credit: MyRecipes.com

    Ingredients

    2 cups quinoa
    Kosher salt
    3 cups fresh corn kernels (6 ears)
    1 bunch green onions, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
    3/4 cup chopped fresh mint
    1 tablespoon lemon zest
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

    Directions

    1. Rinse quinoa in large sieve under cold running water. Cook quinoa in 4 cups boiling water with 2 teaspoons kosher salt 10 to 15 minutes or until almost tender. Drain; spread onto a large sheet pan, and cool 15 minutes.
    2. Mix quinoa and remaining ingredients and mix well.

    BLT Tomato Salad

    Everything you love about BLT sandwiches is here in this satisfying, easy-to-prepare salad from The Nourishing Home. If you have any leftover chicken or turkey in the fridge, toss it in to make it even more filling.

    blt-salad
    Photo Credit: The Nourishing Home

    Ingredients

    1/2 lb. nitrate-free bacon
    1 large head of lettuce (such as romaine or green leaf)
    1 ripe avocado
    1/2 pint cherry tomatoes

    Optional Add-Ins:
    Thinly sliced green onions or chives
    Crumbled blue cheese or feta
    Roasted or grilled chicken (or turkey)

    Directions

    1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add tomato, watermelon, and onion; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese; toss gently.

    Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato & Feta Salad

    Watermelon and feta is a classic summer combination, and this version from My Recipes changes things up by adding a medley of crisp herbs and ripe tomatoes. If you can’t find heirloom tomatoes, grape tomatoes will work just fine.

    watermelon-feta-salad-tomato
    Photo Credit: MyRecipes.com

    Ingredients

    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    4 heirloom tomatoes, cut into chunks
    1 cup (1-inch) cubed red seedless watermelon
    1 cup (1-inch) cubed seeded yellow watermelon
    1/4 cup vertically sliced red onion
    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

    Directions

    1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add tomato, watermelon, and onion; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese; toss gently.

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