Spring is the perfect time for salads, especially since so many delicious vegetables are in season. As a result, we’ve compiled a collection of spring salad recipes that we thought would be ideal on a spring afternoon.

Here are six ideas for spring salad recipes, including several unique combinations with unusual ingredients:

Green Papaya Salad

This zesty fruit and vegetable salad (seen above) has, of course, papayas, but also green onions (scallions) and carrots, both springtime vegetables. Topped with the meat of your choice (we recommend the shrimp), this is a cool and crispy way to enjoy a salad. Read more: Green Papaya Salad recipe.

Homemade Ranch Dressing and Dip

ranch dressing dip The key to homemade dressing is to let it sit for several hours before eating. (Photo: Diádoco/Wikimedia Commons

If you’re going to make your own salad, why not make a healthy ranch dressing to go with it? It’s especially delicious with various spring greens (spinach, lettuce) and the true baby carrots that are harvested in the spring. Read more: Homemade Ranch Dressing and Dip recipe.

Spring Salad

broccoli bacon salad This salad doesn't actually have any leafy greens, but it's jam-packed with different vegetables and fruit. (Photo: Jonathunder/Wikimedia Commons

A bit of a hodgepodge salad, it mixes bacon, broccoli and scallions (among other ingredients) in a creamy yet crisp mix of deliciousness. Read more: Spring Salad recipe.

Chinese Spring Roll Salad

Chinese appetizer fried roll Spring rolls are typically filled with meat and vegetables. (Photo: Sheri Wetherell/Wikimedia Commons

Not exactly a salad in your normal way of thinking of it, but this Chinese-inspired dish has you adding your salad mixes to a spring roll skin instead of a bowl. It’s salad you can eat with your hands. Read more: Chinese Spring Roll Salad recipe.

Quinoa Pilaf Salad

quinoa apricot cranberry salad This quinoa salad can be made in advance and will last for several days in the fridge. (Photo: My Lit'l Eye/Shutterstock

Another different kind of a salad for when you're looking to take a break from the usual. Mixed with apricots and scallions, and you have a tasty spring salad recipe alternative if you’ve grown weary of eating green salads every day. Read more: Quinoa Pilaf Salad recipe.

Spinach-and-Strawberry Salad

strawberry-spinach-salad This salad tastes delicious with or without dressing. (Photo: AS Food studio/Shutterstock

Comprised of two spring foods, this salad is a nice way to get both your fruits and vegetables in equal measure. The dressing isn’t necessary, but gives everything a nice pop. Read more: Spinach-and-Strawberry Salad recipe.

Have a favorite spring salad recipe? Share it with us in the comments.

6 spring salad recipes
Spring is the perfect time for salads, especially since so many delicious vegetables are in season.