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Spring pasta salad with asparagus, peas, artichokes, and spinach

Photo: Instagram / Via twopeasandtheirpod

Up your salad game with these beauties – there's not a soggy bit of iceberg lettuce in sight …


1. Put a spring in your step

Feeling a bit cynical about a plate of leaves? This hearty pasta salad will keep your hunger locked up until dinnertime. With spring veg like asparagus, peas, artichoke and spinach, this tasty bowl is bang on season and packs a spring-fresh punch. Family bloggers Two Peas and Their Pod snapped it just in time. 

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Tuna, salad and ginger-soy dressing

Photo: Instagram / Via justataste

2. Stack it up

Kelly of Just a Taste seems to have invented a sushi-salad-stack – and our taste buds sure are tingling. It's got bite-size pieces of cucumber, mango and avocado, and is topped with fresh ahi (yellowfin) tuna, red onion and a drizzle of ginger-soy. With temperatures set to soar (come on heatwave!) this is great for when you don't feel like firing up the barbecue.

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Mixed greens with pea shoots, snap peas, pomegranate seeds and cherry tomato with blush vinaigrette

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3. Love at first blush

From the aptly named Noshtopia these mixed greens include pea shoots and snap peas, pomegranate seeds and cherry tomatoes for a burst of sweetness. But it's the blush wine vinaigrette that takes this healthy plate to new, mouthwatering heights. Drizzle responsibly. 

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Middle Eastern-inspired rainbow salad with tabouli, falafels, kale, tomatoes and lime-tahini dressing

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4. How does your garden grow?

This Middle Eastern-inspired bowl is made with ingredients freshly picked from Eat To Thrive creator Anna's organic garden: homemade falafel (made with carrots, sunflower seeds and cumin), tabouli (with cauliflower, red onion and parsley), lime-tahini dressing and real edible flowers. Oh my.

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Courguette noodles with pistachio, kale, pesto and cherries

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5. In a spin

Make like blogger Edible Ash and replace refined carbs with spiralised veg. These courguette noodles are gorgeously prepared with pistachio, kale, pesto and juicy cherries. Now all you need is a spiraliser …

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Halloumi, yellow beets, radishes, mint and spring onion chutney

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6. Freekin' great

Holistic nutritionist Sarah B calls this neatly arranged concoction an 'early summer abundance bowl'. And it's abundantly clear to us that this cheerful mix of freekeh (roasted wheat with a rich, smoky flavour), halloumi, yellow beets, radishes, mint and spring onion chutney is sure looking sprightly.

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Salmon with lemon-infused quinoa and creamed kale

Photo: Instagram / Via HealthyJulie

7. Go fish

If you like your salad dairy-free, then try Healthy Julie's Norwegian salmon with lemon-infused quinoa and kale. Whoever said salads are dull clearly hasn't been on Instagram lately. 

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Mango lettuce wraps with mint, edamame and ginger soy dipping sauce

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8. Light bite

Shun the stodge and re-create Love and Lemons' Asian-inspired salad wraps made with romaine lettuce, mango strips, mint, edamame and ginger-soy dipping sauce. Will they fill you up as much as a normal wrap? Possibly not. But they sure look pretty and are much tastier.

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Spinach, strawberry and pecan salad

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9. Ripe for the picking

The beloved British strawberry is back in season! And this year, instead of reaching for the double cream, try pairing them with fresh spinach, pecans and a dusting of sesame seeds just like Insta Salads.

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Rainbow salad with raspberries, coconut, chia seeds, red cabbage, avocado and pepper

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10. Techni-coloured dream salad

Created by Beet Jar, this sunny vegan salad favours all things colourful and cold pressed. It covers the whole spectrum with raspberries, red cabbage, pepper, coconut, avocado and chia seeds. I can sing a rainbow …