Easy Spring Salad

Last Updated on August 20, 2022

Quick and easy spring salad recipe made with fresh ingredients picked from your garden. 

This spring salad recipe is suitable for a vegetarian or keto diet.

All ingredients (radish, green onions, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, and sour cream) are keto friendly.

What is the first crop that you are getting from your garden in early spring?

After foraging in my small garden, I usually return to the house with green onions, radishes, sorrel, and young lettuce leaves.

A fresh aroma permeates the house and after giving my harvest a quick wash, I am ready to prepare my first spring lunch of the year made from ingredients picked from my garden. 

On the menu today are sorrel soup (read the recipe here) and a spring salad.

spring salad

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SPRING SALAD 

Servings 4
Ready In15 Min
Good ForLunch Or Dinner
Used AsSide Dish

Ingredients

  • Bunch of radishes, sliced
  • Bunch of green onions, sliced
  • 2 Hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 2 – 3 oz. of shredded cheese
  • 4 oz. of sour cream
  • Salt for seasoning
spring salad ingredients

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Wash and slice radishes and green onions. Place in a large bowl.
making spring salad

2. Dice hard-boiled eggs. Add to the bowl.

3. Add shredded cheese (you can use Parmesan or mozzarella shredded cheese for a keto recipe or shredded vegetarian Italian style hard cheese for a vegetarian salad).

4. Season with salt and add sour cream.

5. Mix all ingredients together.

Your salad is ready!

Spring salad variations and serving suggestions

  • On a slice of freshly baked bread place a few young leaves of lettuce and top with a spring salad. Serve with sorrel soup.
  • Later in the season you can add sliced young cucumber and dill to the spring salad and serve it on toast with arugula.
  • If you do not bake your own bread, you can cut a few rounds of pita bread, brush one side with olive oil and broil for 1 minute. Then place some young lettuce leaves on the pita and top it with a spring salad.
  • The spring salad also can be served as a side dish.  It goes good with smoked lean pork loin or turkey breast, baked potato and sausage, mashed potato, buckwheat kasha, or grits.
  • It can be placed as a dish in a salad bowl on the table for friends and family gatherings
  • You can omit eggs and sour cream and add olive oil and black pepper instead. In this instance, add just 1 tablespoon of coarsely shredded Parmesan to the salad.

Additional notes on product and tools used in the recipe

1. I do not know about you, but I like radishes that have a mild taste and aren’t woody. With some trial and error, I finally was able to find a suitable radish variety that is not hot, yet crisp. It is the French Breakfast radish. They are organic and super tasty! Days to maturation – 25.  Alternatively, you can grow Daikon (Japanese radish with a mild crisp taste that should be planted in late summer-early autumn) – to make “spring salad” in fall.smile

2. To dice the boiled egg quickly and in unified pieces, I use an egg cutter.

The video below shows how you can slice a boiled egg and cut it into long strips.  I turn the egg 1 more time to dice it. Though it is not intended by the manufacturer, I also use my egg cutter to dice boiled potatoes and boiled carrots for my potato salad. Saves time.

Related reading: Check out more fresh garden recipes.

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