What’s for dinner? Spring Salads in the Pacific Northwest

Hello, my foodie friends!

We’re finally creeping out of the winter months, and into the best time of the year for food in the Pacific Northwest. March kicks off the slow increase of fruits and veggies growing in the area, giving us tons of options for fresh, healthy, and delicious food!

During this month, we start to see things like apples (galore), Asian pears, beets, cauliflowers, leeks, mushrooms, and some other heartier veggies.

Here’s a March food guide for locals and visitors in the Pacific Northwest.

Best Fruits & Veggies in the Pacific Northwest in Spring

  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Red onions
  • Asian pears
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots

Other delicatessens to check out include apricots, radishes, and kale.

Health & Nutrition Benefits of Seasonal Eating

Every season brings new and nutritious produce to the region. And knowing the seasonal offerings helps you add high nutrition ingredients to your food at its peak ripeness. I’m talking about vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.

Health benefits aside, these foods and herbs also taste better, whether you go for sweet leek or bitter arugula.

The colors, taste, and overall aroma they bring to your food palette are unparalleled. Not to mention, you can save money by buying locally.

Amazing Healthy Veggie Recipes & Salads

Before rounding up the article, I want to share some of the best recipes I sourced from the internet incorporating the fruits and vegetables listed above:

Marinated cauliflower and sprout salad

This easy and amazing salad recipe gives you a vitamin C shot by bringing cauliflower and mung bean sprouts together in a bowl.

Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad

Don’t care for gluten? Me neither! But here is a simple gluten-free, Mediterranean-style salad that is perfect for entertaining and also for packing a healthy lunch.

Beet salad w/Arugula and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Next up is this super-easy salad that makes for an excellent party salad, and you don’t always have to buy fresh beetroot to prepare it.

Leek Salad with Walnuts and Tomme de Brebis

Taking things up a notch, this recipe combines the sweetness of leek with the tanginess of salted water and red wine vinaigrette. In this particular version, you can add walnuts (freshly toasted) and sheep’s-milk cheese. Yummy, right?

Za’atar Crispy Chickpea Leek Salad

Just so you add more leek to your diet in March 2022, here’s another recipe that takes a handful of ingredients to prepare in almost 30 days. And you can use the leftovers for lunch the next day!

Asian Pear and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese

Last but not least, this simple salad combines arugula, Asian pear, and lemon dressing, the perfect mix of bitter, sweet, and salty. And the pumpkin seeds add some crunch to the mix. And in case you don’t find the Asian pear, you can always alternate with Bosc pears.

We are so lucky to have so many local farmer’s markets throughout the year in the Greater Seattle area that have extensive options for fresh local fruits and veggies. Along with getting a healthy kick that most of the recipes above bring, you also get to support local farmers by purchasing your produce locally. It’s a win-win situation!

 

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