Light & Healthy Spring Salad Recipes

Wake up your taste buds and welcome spring and with fresh, healthy salads full of crunchy cabbages, radishes, cucumbers, and herbs. Here we present you with some typical ‘green, white and red’ German salad recipes, such as Radieschen Salat (Little Radish Salad) and Selleriesalat (Celery Root Salad).

The health-supporting properties of salads cannot be overstated. Leafy greens are rich sources of B vitamins, which are key components of feel-good hormones. High quality oil and vinegar dressings slow down digestion, stabilize blood-sugar levels and keep energy levels high.

The health-supporting properties of most salads can not be overstated. Leafy greens are rich sources of B vitamins, which are key components feel-good hormones. High quality oil and vinegar dressings slow down digestion stabilize blood-sugar levels and keep energy levels high. Zesty and wild, spring-growing plants like Bärlauch are even considered ‘medicinal’ for their high levels of minerals and essential oils supporting blood circulation and digestion. (Bärlauch goes by many names in English, among them wild garlic, ramps, wild leeks, wood garlic and bear’s garlic. It’s very popular in Germany. Plus it tastes good.)

Of course, one of the most salient flavor ingredients of any good salad is the dressing. Every good cook has a secret formula and we challenge you to share yours with the German Foods community on our Facebook page, no matter where you are in the world.

Celery Root Salad (Selleriesalat)

Celery root is officially known as celeriac, a knobby, brown vegetable that tastes like a combination of celery and parsley. Make this salad with imported German vinegar and mustard dressing.

Little Red Radish Salad (Radieschen Salat)

A combination of little red radishes and apples balanced out with sharp and tart ingredients and delicious German Emmental cheese

German Style Herring Salad

A salad with pickled Bismarck herring, dill pickles, apples, tomatoes and sour cream.

Cool Kraut Salad (Rotkrautsalad)

Pure purple power, this salad is chock full of flavor and nutrients from red cabbage (fresh and pickled),  red beets, red onions, and plums. A breeze to prepare.

Spring Salad with Smoked Fish and Bacon (Feldsalat mit Räucheraal)

Lambs Lettuce or maíche (in German: Feldsalat) is a popular salad green consumed primarily in spring. This recipe includes smoked eel (or any other smoked fish), creme fraiche, cherry tomatoes, and a bacon mustard vinaigrette.

Spring Salad with Pork Tenderloin Tips in Wild Garlic Dressing (Feldsalat mit Filetspitzen in Bärlauch Sauce)

Lambs Lettuce or any other combination of Spring filed greens with seared pork tenderloin tops in a wild garlic (Bärlauch) dressing.