Category: Salad

spinach and strawberry salad recipe

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

It’s funny how fruits and vegetables that grow in the same season often complement each other in recipes as well. Even as unlikely a pair as spinach and strawberries.

The strawberries in my garden start to come on just as the spinach is at its peak so this fresh spinach salad with sliced strawberries and homemade strawberry vinaigrette is a regular meal in late spring.

Both spinach and strawberries are suitable for container gardening, so you can make this recipe with homegrown ingredients even if you don’t have a lot space.

Walnut Sherry Dressing

This dressing recipe from my cookbook Seasonal Recipes from the Garden is a good one to pair fresh spring lettuce, especially the Bibb types like Buttercrunch. There is just enough bite to complement the mild flavor of the lettuce without overpowering it.

Cracked Wheat Salad

Martha Stamps, chef at Belle Meade Plantation, shares her recipe for a cracked wheat salad that makes good use of fresh from the garden vegetables such as carrots, beats and onions.

During a visit to the kitchen at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, Tennessee, Allen met restaurant chef Martha Stamps. Martha shared with Allen her recipe for a cracked wheat salad that makes good use of fresh from the garden vegetables such as carrots, beats and onions.

To try more of Martha’s recipes pick up a copy of Martha’s at the Plantation, Seasonal Recipes from Belle Meade.

You can order autographed copies of Martha Stamps’ cookbooks by emailing her at Her books are also available online through her publisher at

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli is one of my favorite cool season vegetables. I always plant plenty in the late fall and early spring.

Here is a recipe for a great broccoli salad and buttermilk dressing that I received from Regina Charboneau in Natchez. You can find more of her great recipes in her cookbook Regina’s Kitchen.

Serves 8.

Broccoli and Bacon Salad

I always find room for broccoli in my spring garden. It is so easy to grow and you just can’t beat the flavor when it is fresh out of the garden.

I received this recipe from a local caterer, Rob Best of Simply the Best Catering. The unexpected combination of ingredients creates a delightful salad. For a leaner dish use light mayonnaise and turkey bacon. Sunflower seeds are also a tasty addition.

Grilled Greens With Creamy Herb Dressing

It’s the perfect time of year to prepare for flavorful herbs in your garden! Certain cool weather loving herbs, like dill, grow at the same time as complementary vegetables, like Romaine lettuce. So what can you prepare with dill and Romaine lettuce? Try out this yummy Grilled Greens and Creamy Herb Dressing.

To learn about growing the ingredients in this recipe, visit

How to Grow Romaine Lettuce

How to Grow Dill

Shredded Spring Salad

As spring gets under way my menus become lighter. After several months of heavy, stick-to-your-ribs foods I welcome seasonal fare such as this simple salad. Spicy radishes and sweet carrots are mixed with crunchy cucumbers and then tossed in tangy vinaigrette.