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Spring Salad with Strawberries

Servings: Serves 6 to 8

The season’s best produce is highlighted in this zesty, healthful starter.


  • 1 large or 2 medium watermelon radishes, trimmed
  • Fine sea salt
  • 1 bunch (about 1 lb.) thin asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tsp. clementine zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh clementine juice (from about 2 clementines)
  • 1 Tbs. clover blossom honey (preferably local)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 4-1/2 oz. Little Gem or romaine hearts, torn (8 lightly packed cups)
  • 8 oz. strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 Tbs. fruity extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 handful fresh chives, sliced into 1-inch pieces (about 1/3 cup)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 45
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 15
  • Fat (g): 2
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 350
  • Carbohydrates (g): 7
  • Fiber (g): 1.5
  • Sugar (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 1


  • Slice the radishes paper thin (you will have a scant cup), and then put in a small bowl with enough cold water to cover.
  • Bring 1 inch of water to a boil with 1 tsp. of salt in a medium skillet; add the asparagus and simmer until just crisp-tender, about 90 seconds. Immediately drain in a colander and run cold water over the asparagus to cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine the clementine zest and juice, honey, vinegar, and a few pinches of salt.
  • When ready to toss the salad, thinly slice the blanched asparagus on the diagonal, leaving the tips whole. Transfer to a large salad bowl with the lettuce and strawberries. Drizzle the oil over the salad and toss to coat. Drain the radishes and pat dry; add to the salad, drizzle with the clementine mixture, and toss gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the chives and serve.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • bakergal53 | 05/15/2019

    I made this for a dinner party and it was a total hit! Yum!

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    GoldieSGibson | 10/15/2018

    It is good for your health

  • SwampDragons | 05/24/2018

    This salad was a huge hit with my family -- it's beautiful and tasty. We used daikon radishes because the store was out of watermelon radishes, and it was still a show-stopper.

  • Megann | 04/12/2018

    This is a great spring salad that I have already made multiple times.

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