Sweet or Savory? Two Fresh Spring Salads to Try

There’s something about spring that inspires fresh starts and new beginnings. Maybe it’s the blossoming flowers, the melting frost, or just the crisp, warming air that beckons us to enjoy the great outdoors once again. It’s also a time when some of our favorite fruits and veggies come into season, inspiring a whole host of easy-to-make, deliciously good (and good for you) spring salads.

This month, celebrate the shifting seasons with two tasty salad recipes – and the Sutter Home wines that go with them. Our Modern Mediterranean salad caters to your savory cravings, combining crisp romaine with hearty chicken and fresh vegetables. On the other hand, our Very Berry salad speaks to your sweet tooth with a bounty of berries and lightly sweetened poppy seed dressing.

Discover something fresh, wholesome, and satisfying with a sweet or savory salad recipe that’s just your taste.

Modern Mediterranean Salad

Pair with Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • Feta cheese crumbles

Directions:

Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until blended. Pour about half of the mixture into a baking dish for marinade. Refrigerate the remaining dressing for the salad.

Add the chicken to the dish and marinate for 15-20 minutes. While the chicken is marinating, combine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, avocado, and olives in a large salad bowl. Once marinating is complete, add 1 tablespoon oil to a grill pan or skillet. Cook the chicken over medium-high heat until browned. When done, slice chicken and add to salad. Add desired feta cheese crumbles and serve with remaining dressing.

Very Berry Salad

Pair with Sutter Home White Zinfandel

Salad Ingredients:

  • 10-12 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 apple of your choice, chopped
  • Feta cheese
  • Crumbled pecans

Poppy Seed Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

To make the dressing, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until blended. Let sit for half an hour. For the salad, combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl. Garnish with desired amount of feta cheese and crumbled pecans.

If you like this, then try our veggie-packed Minestrone Soup: http://www.sutterhome.com/wine-and-life-blog/sutter-home-kitchen-series/…