Mar 01 2011

Salad for a Sunshine-y Day

March 1st: the beginning of meteorological spring. While the grip of winter’s icy hand is still upon us, it is loosening at last. Soon, the snow will melt away, revealing the life frozen beneath it, and the start of another cycle of growth.

Appropriately, today was a bright and sunny day: banishing bad moods, eliciting smiles, and providing a sense of warmth that permeates the soul. All will be well.

Sunshine-y Spring Salad


Making this salad today, I was reminded of my spring–when I was just a child. My father wasn’t home much since he was busy supporting his growing family, but I cherish the time spent with him. There weren’t many culinary contributions he was known for, but salads were always a big deal for him. Never one to settle on simplicity, he would pack as many different foods in as he could find, exceeding the limits of the ordinary person and turning this opening act into the star of the show.

Sunshine-y Spring Salad


I find myself doing the same. No salad is the same, but all are full of not only the contents of the refrigerator and pantry, but my heart as well. Happy spring!

Sunshine-y Spring Salad


Because I tend to throw salads together going by what looks right, this isn’t entirely “accurate” measurement-wise–but you get the idea.

Sunshine-y Spring Salad
serves 1 hearty appetite

  • 1.5 +/- cups assorted artisan lettuces
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/8 cup craisins
  • 10 +/- pecan halves
  • 4 slices chevre (goat cheese) log
  • your favorite vinaigrette (I used Wildtree Herbs Asian Ginger Plum dressing)

Assemble. Enjoy.

About the author

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Carrie is a home baker and amateur photographer who dabbles in writing and poetry.


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  1. a frog in the cottage

    Great salad !! I love mixing salt & sweet. We’re all looking forward to spring time & your salad helps us to be patient …

  2. Carrie

    Gorgeous salad! Such pretty colors. That blueberry/craisin/goat cheese combo sounds great.

  3. Caroline

    This salad is absolutely beautiful! I love the colors! And those flavor combinations are my favorites…the sweet fruits, nuts and savory cheese. YUM!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Thank you! We all need a bit of color this time of year!

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