McKel Hill's Ultimate Spring Salad

Here is a sprightly salad that makes the most of the season. Add chicken, shrimp or salmon to make it a main dish and definitely sprinkle on some goat cheese. It comes to us by way of McKel Hill. A registered dietitian/nutritionist, Hill is the author of Nutrition Stripped, a beautiful blog that focuses on gluten-free, dairy-free fresh foods. Find McKel at and follow her Instagram at nutritionstripped.

By / Photography By McKel Hill | May 03, 2015


  1. Steam asparagus until tender. In a large bowl, combine remaining salad ingredients and toss gently.
  2. For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until combined. You may also use a small bowl and a whisk. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix until all the ingredients are coated in the dressing. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Serves 4.

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  • 12 stalks asparagus, chopped, about 1 cup
  • 5 ounces fresh arugula
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced, about 1 cup
  • 1 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • Juice of 2 lemons
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  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
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  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
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