Spring Asparagus & Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Happy First Day of Spring, Everyone!

I’m so thrilled that Springy salad days are here! You know, when the sun is warm and you’re craving something light for lunch or dinner. I’ve got you covered with this delicious Spring Asparagus & Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing.

Because it is first day of Spring I am part of an awesome collaboration with 10 talented nutritionists and bloggers. They have come up with delicious salads, so make sure you read to the end and check out their tasty creations!

It’s amazing how a little extra effort can take a salad from blah to amazing. From run of the mill to something really special. From “bribe your kids to eat it” to “make them beg for more”

This salad screams Spring. It also spoke to me and I declared it the best salad ever. I have a thing for combining spinach, fruit and nuts. Today we are kicking it up a notch with some spring fruit, asparagus and goat cheese.

When I was trying to come up with a spring salad I automatically went to Mr. Google to ask what was season for Spring. Here is what it came back with:

  • asparagus
  • strawberries
  • baby spinach
  • peas
  • oranges

Lets start with making the insanely easy Homemade lightly-sweetened Honey-Roasted Pecans

I want to slap myself for never knowing how easy honey-roasted nuts are. I got this recipe from an old magazine at my dentists office. Funny where you can find inspirations.

Simply melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in a bowl then add 2 Tablespoon of honey. Mix in 1 cup pecans and toss to coat. Spread the nuts onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet then bake for 5-6 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the nuts are golden brown and fragrant. Sprinkle lightly with salt when they’re fresh out of the oven and let them cool completely.

Next make the Poppy Seed Dressing, this can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to a week. It’s actually even better after sitting in the fridge for a bit.

Time to turn your attention to zee goat cheese. I used to HATE goat cheese. Like, totally hated it. Then one day I didn’t.
If you don’t like goat cheese, this salad would be just as good with feta or blue cheese. So its your choice my friends.

Time to roast your asparagus. I lightly tossed the asparagus it in extra virgin olive oil sprinkled it with sea salt and put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 400F

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.

Now for our Spring Salad Collaboration! Take a look at these awesome nutritionists & bloggers and their amazing salads. Heck, Ill probably make them all, they sound sooo good.

Get more Spring-Inspired Salad Recipes:

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Spring Asparagus & Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4 people
Recipe Notes

For Poppy Seed Dressing:

  • 1/4 Cup orange juice freshly squeezed is the best
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 Cup olive oil
  • 2 Teaspoons poppy seeds

For the Honey-Roasted Pecans:

  • 1 Cup pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • Salt

For the Roasted Asparagus:

  • Asparagus
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Himalayan salt

For the salad:

  • Baby Spinach
  • Fresh Strawberries, washed & dried
  • Fresh Blueberries, washed & dried
  • Candied Pecans
  • Goat Cheese
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas
  • Poppy Seed Dressing

Directions:

1. For the Honey-Roasted Pecans: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a bowl then add honey and pecans. Toss to coat, then spread out on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 5-6 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Sprinkle lightly with salt then set aside and let cool completely
2. For the Roasted Asparagus: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Break off the tough ends of asparagus. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Spread the asparagus in a single layer, sprinkle with salt and bake for 15-20  minutes or until tender but still crispy.
3. For the Poppy Seed Dressing: To a mason jar add orange juice, honey, apple cider vinegar, mustard, salt, olive oil and poppy seeds. Close the jar and give the ingredients a good shake.
4. For the Salad: Divide spinach between plates then top with roasted asparagus, blueberries, strawberries, sweet peas, goat cheese crumbles, and honey-roasted pecans. Dress with Poppy Seed Dressing then serve.

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