Any suggestions for a salad for easter dinner? We are having ham, au gratin potatoes, asparagus, deviled eggs, strawberry shortcake for dessert. I am kinda at a loss since asparagus and strawberries are already included in the menu.
If you don't make your own dressings and have Trader Joe's nearby, I recommend their Champagne Pear and Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette (or maybe it's Gorgonzola). It's refrigerated, in the produce section. I'd go with frisee or mesclun, with scallion, and maybe some slivered almonds, grape tomatoes, dried fruit of some sort.
When I think "spring salad" I think mixed baby greens, toasted pecans and paper thin slices of crisp Asian pear. I use a light vinaigrette of olive oil and vinegar steeped with nasturtiums including seed pods. Naturally, brightly colored nasturtium petals are the ideal garnish.
To make nasturtium vinegar I stuff a jar with fresh flowers and green seed pods. I fill the jar with seasoned rice vinegar and let it steep for a week after which I drain it. Then I fill a clean jar with more flowers and pods, pour over the steeped vinegar and give it a second week. When that's drained you have a brightly colored and slightly peppery vinegar that's light and smooth and perfect for the season.
Try a salad with either sugar snap peas or, if you're in the northeast U.S./eastern Canada, fiddleheads.
Spinach, grilled grapefruit, oranges, onions, a sweet honey sauce with nuts
Peas and fresh grilled chippollini onions, red peppers
Or a fresh wild greens, blue cheese, walnuts with and pears.
Or Spring greens with avacado, mango, red onion, pecans
Or how about a spring panzanella salad with fresh spring vegetables.