12 Colorful Salads to Add to Your Repertoire

Last Updated May 27, 2015

Nothing says refreshing on a hot day like a crisp, cool salad. With spring winding down and summer on its way, there’s no better time to up your salad game. From citrus-splashed greens to arugula with figs and pomegranates, here are some bright, colorful and bountiful salad recipes to add to your repertoire.

Spring Salad with Warm Mushrooms and Sheep’s Milk Feta

Here’s a spunky yet graceful mix of greens, fresh herbs, piquant cheese and garlicky mushrooms. Use a light hand with the vinaigrette, however, or it can go soggy and lose its poise.

Fava Leaf Salad with Citrus, Feta and Walnuts

fave leaf salad recipe from Garden Betty's Linda Ly
Weeks before the first fava beans appear in the garden or at the farmers’ market, there’s a surer sign of spring: fava greens. Many people overlook the silvery-green foliage in favor of the pods,...

White Bean Salad

white bean salad
Fresh herbs, arugula, a drizzle of olive oil and fresh lemon juice make this white bean salad a bright, vegetarian dish that tastes like spring.

Citrus-Splashed Greens and Roots

Citrus-Splashed Greens and Roots Salad
This week we were fortunate enough to receive an abundance of just-picked tender kale, long leafy chard, herbaceous dandelion greens and pleasingly peppery collards from our local Blue Sky Organic...

Strawberry Caprese

strawberry caprese by erin gleeson of the forest feast
This salad is so simple and summery, it's a California-style seasonal twist on the classic tomato basil appetizer. Try it with a glass of crisp, cold white wine.

Spring Bulgur Salad with Kale Buds

Spring Bulgur Salad with Kale Buds recipe
Unlike kale, which can be bitter, kale buds (also called kale raab) are sweet, especially if they’ve been through a frost. These delicate yellow flowers appear at the end of the plant’s life...

Asparagus Salad

This is a variation on the Roasted Asparagus recipe that appeared in our first issue of Edible Santa Barbara in Spring 2009.

Classic Caesar Salad Recipe

The CSA we belong to begins each year in early April with an abundance of leafy greens that will last until July when more robust...

Peach Caprese Salad and Balsamic Reduction

Fresh Georgia peaches sub for vine-ripened tomatoes in this classic salad. I like to reduce some good-quality balsamic vinegar to add gooey, tart, sweet flavor. One caveat, open a window or prepare...

Romanesco Summer Salad

Although vibrant lime green Romanesco (sometimes called broccoli Romanesco or Romanesco cauliflower) looks like the love child of cauliflower and broccoli, it is actually closer to cauliflower in...