Zesty Spring Salad

Hi there Chef In Training fans! I’m Jamielyn from I {heart} Nap Time! Nice to meet you! :)

Today I wanted to share with you this yummy salad that is perfect for Spring time!

Seriously… don’t you just want to dive right into that bowl of yumminess?! This salad *almost* tastes as good as a bowl of ice cream. {winks} It’s that good!

{Zesty Spring Salad}


1/3 cup almond slices or pecans

2 TB sugar

Spring Mix Salad

2 sliced kiwis

1 cup of cut strawberries

1/2 cup of raspberries

1/2 cup of chopped celery

1 avocado sliced

1 pear sliced

zest of orange or mandarin oranges


2/3 cup olive oil

4 TB sugar

zest and juice of 1 large orange

zest and juice of 1 lime


Caramelize nuts by mixing with sugar in small skillet over low heat.

Stir for about 5 minutes or until the sugar melts.

Combine dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake well.

Toss salad ingredients together with the nuts.

Add dressing to coat and serve.ENJOY!! :)For more yummy recipes, you can visit my recipe box. Here are a few of my faves:Mint browniesBEST chocolate chip cookiesHomemade granolaCinnamon chip banana bread

Jamielyn is the founder and managing editor of iheartnaptime.net.

She is married to her best friend and together they have two beautiful children just under two years apart.

Her days are filled with lots of snuggles, crafts, e-mails, avoiding the ever-growing pile of laundry, play dough, sneaking bites of chocolate and wondering, “Is it nap time yet?!”

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  1. Lindsay

    Oh, this sounds amazing! Perfect for the warmer weather. I just adore Jamielyn, so it's fun to see her here!

  2. Cupcake Crazy Gem

    I am really not a salad fan, but maybe that's because none of the salads I have ever eaten have been as tasty looking as this one! this could definitely convert me! I'm so giving this a try when BBQ season rolls around! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Sophie

    Greetings! I'd LOVE if you linked up to my link party tomorrow! Anything that can go in my mouth would be greatly appreciated! Thanks and hope to see you there!:)

  4. Jenni

    I love that this salad is loaded with yummy fruit! Thank you for sharing it looks delicious!

  5. Aimee

    This salad looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  6. LindzChris

    I love salads like this! I could eat them everyday. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  7. bluemoon

    2 TB Spring Salad Mix? Is TB a typo? It doesn't seem like enough. Salad has such a nice presentation . Thanks

    1. Chef in Training

      yep a typo. All corrected now and thanks for bringing that to my attention :)