Spring is well and truly here, it’s such a beautiful time of year; the weather is getting warmer, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and the fruit and vegetables that are in season are so versatile and delicious.
Seasonal produce is fresher, healthier and tastier. Eating seasonally is not only good for your health and wallet but also for the environment. By eating seasonally, you reduce the demand for out of season produce which further supports more local produce in your area and country, meaning your food would have travelled less of a distance and required less time in refrigeration- which means less of a carbon foot-print. It’s a win, win!
It’s not possible to always eat locally and seasonally but a good place to start is knowing what fruit and vegetables are in season at this time of year and to get inspired in the kitchen to use some of this fresh produce. Here is a list of the common fruits and vegetables that are in season during Spring and below you'll find a healthy and tasty spring salad with an avocado dressing to enjoy too.
Spring Salad with Avocado dressing:
- 3 handfuls of salad greens
- 1 carrot, peeled
- 2 radish, thinly sliced
- 1 spring onion, thinly diced
- 1 orange cut into segments
- 1 avocado
- 1 garlic clove
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper
In a blender combine avocado, crushed garlic, juice of 1 lemon, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper. Add water as you blend to reach desired consistency.
Peel carrot into thin pieces, thinly slice radishes, thinly dice spring onion and cut orange into segments.
Combine all salad ingredients into a salad bowl and present nicely.
Drizzle over avocado dressing and serve with a protein of your choice. We love boiled eggs, shredded chicken or smoked salmon slices.