The flavors of spring mingle in this beautiful and tantalizing mixed greens salad, studded with plump blueberries, juicy raspberries, crunchy candied almonds, and a sweet, poppy seed-infused Honey Citrus Vinaigrette.Happy first day of spring, y’all!
It’s amazing how a little extra effort can take a salad from blah to amazing. From run of the mill to something special. From bribe-your-kids-to-eat-it to make-them-beg-for-more.That, my friends, is the story of this salad. You start with your typical ol’ greens, but you add some juicy, sweet-tart berries. Then you bake up a pan of addictive candied almonds (be sure to make extra!) for an element of crunch. And finally, you shake up a few simple ingredients in a mason jar for a citrus-y, honeyed dressing (speckled with cute little poppy seeds) to top everything off.This salad screams spring. It also spoke to my husband, who declared it “the best salad ever.” I naturally loved it, seeing as how I have a thing for salads that combine lettuce, fruit, and nuts. While this particular combo definitely leans on the sweeter side of salads, that’s not necessarily a bad thing when it means your kids eagerly ingest vitamin-rich greens, antioxidant-laden berries, and protein-packed almonds. You can even toss some baked or grilled chicken breast slices onto this colorful canvas to make a meal of it!I adapted these Candied Almonds from a recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans that I like to make as a gift-in-a-jar around the holidays. I left out the cinnamon, because I was worried that it might clash with the flavors of the salad dressing, and I reduced the recipe, because I didn’t figure so many nuts would be required for a salad.Well let me just tell you…the almonds not used in the actual salad will disappear soon enough! My family may or may not have obsessively snacked on the leftovers until they were gone (in no time). So follow this recipe the first time you make it…but I predict you might just double it each time after that. 😉
And to top off all of tasty details, how gorgeous is this salad? My smallest kitchen assistant is renowned for interrupting my photo shoots when they involve candy or chocolate chips, but on this particular day (as seen in the below Instagram pic), she just couldn’t resist those plump, fuschia raspberries. I mean, could you? So what better way to celebrate the first day of spring than with a salad that displays nature’s finest seasonal bounty? This salad encompasses everything that is glorious about springtime. It’s vibrant, it’s fresh, it’s sweet and delicious…and I don’t know about you, but after a winter that seemed to go on for far too long, it sounds like just the remedy we’ve been needing around here. 😉
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