Spring Salad with Asparagus, Scallions and Radish

I don’t always feel inspired when it comes to food. I get stuck in a rut and tend to make the same things or some version of the same things because they are easy, or because I know the recipe by heart, or even because my kids love it and won’t fight me about eating it. And just as I am about to give up and make yet another pasta meal, I stumble upon a recipe or a dish while eating out that inspires me to make something different.

This salad is one such dish. I found the inspiration while visiting my brother at his beach house a few weekends ago when we could finally get together to celebrate our birthdays. The salad that started our meal was the star for me and I couldn’t wait to replicate it at home for a quick weekday lunch.

Crunchy, fresh and full of healthy spring vegetables all lightly dressed with ranch dressing made for a very satisfying meal. Rewarding after a three mile run, or just running errands.

spring mix (spinach, arugula, baby kale or any mix of spring greens)

2 scallions washed and chopped

3 or 4 asparagus stalks, trimmed and steamed 3 to 4 minutes until tender but still has a bite, cut  into i inch pieces

3 radishes, cleaned and sliced thin

a handful of roasted sun flower seeds

your favorite ranch dressing (I used Hidden Valley Lite Ranch)

shaved Parmesan cheese

fresh ground black pepper to taste


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