Zesty Spring Salad


I’ve been in a salad mood lately, and this one seemed to hit the spot! I loved everything about it! And it looked so pretty! *Almost* to good to eat!IMG_7475-1

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Zesty Spring Salad


  • 1/3 cup almond slices or pecans
  • 2 TB sugar
  • Spring Mix Salad
  • 2 kiwis -peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup of strawberries -diced
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 avocado -peeled and 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


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


2. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.

3. Toss salad ingredients together with nuts, add dressing to coat and serve.

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

Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.

Toss salad ingredients together with nuts, add dressing to coat and serve.


YUM!! This salad was so good! It would be good with grilled chicken on top as well. Perfect for summer time! You must try this!

So what’s your favorite salad?

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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40 comments on “Zesty Spring Salad”

  1. This looks so yummy! I love all of these ingredients. It will be a great summer salad, especially over here in Florida where it’s already very hot out! I will try it and let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That looks so good! i’ll have to give that a try.

  3. This looks soooo good! But, I will have to make it for me and my mom, cuz my hubby won’t like it. A good excuse to spoil myself.

    • Oh my hubby is the same way! I rarely make salads like this unless were going to a party since I’m the only one who will eat it. lol. He just likes lettuce tomatoes and ranch!

  4. This salad looks beautiful AND delicious! I may just have to invite some girlfriends over and make it. (No way would my hubby or boys appreciate a salad like this!)

  5. looks so yummy, healthy, beautiful:) i love and have to try

  6. that looks delish! so fresh!

  7. ummm… yummmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Girl that looks sooo good and your photos are gorgeous!!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    XO, Mallory

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      Thanks Mal! I’ve been “trying” to get better. It’s so fun taking pictures!

  8. Mmmmm this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. I have been on a salad kick lately, so this is a must try!

  9. I just showed my husband the picture of your salad, and now he wants me to make that for dinner tomorrow. It’s a good thing because that’s what I was going to make anyways, I just won’t tell him that! I’ll let you know how everyone likes it! I love avocados so I’m sure I’ll love it!

  10. ok this was the first click from Tidy Mom b/c it looks so great! Thanks for the recipe, I am making this for sure this weekend.!! You rock girl

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      Thanks Trish! Yes this is the perfect salad for Memorial Day. Have a good weekend!

  11. When’s lunch served? How pretty and fresh. I found you from the Tidy Mom linky. I hope you’ll swing by Momtrends and share this on our linky too:


    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      Yes this is the perfect salad for lunch with a few friends! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. I would love to invite you over to THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS linky party for Summer Salads. This recipe would be perfect, we hope you stop by and link it up! Thanks a million!


  13. This looks so wonderful! :)

  14. That looks delicious – except the avocados {not crazy about those, even though we two HUGE avocado trees}! But, I love spinachy salads with fruit. I may try your dressing too! Very yummy! Found you through FJI

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  15. This looks AMAZING!!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/summer-food-and-fun/ Hope you’re having a fabulous holiday weekend!

  16. Just posted this as my first in a series of “healthy living” posts I hope to be doing this month. It looks sooooo good! I’ll have to find a farmer’s market to attend tomorrow to get the freshest of ingredients!

  17. most beautiful salad I’ve ever seen- Can’t wait to try it!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      Ah thank you!! You’ll have to let me know how you like it. Definitely a new fave!

  18. I want some of this RIGHT NOW!! I featured you my dear!!


  19. I love salads! Yum! Definitely going to try this one!

  20. umm, i think you’re going to have to skype me some next time we chat! lol yum! i think you need to give me cooking lessons! haha
    thumbs up :)

  21. That salad sounds amazing…what a fun new way “to salad” We eat salad a lot so I may be giving this a try very soon.

  22. This sounds (and looks) so good! I love any salad with avocado on it. Yum.

  23. I made the dressing & the salad, ah, absolutely amazing! So refreshing, so fresh, light, yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  24. I love any salad with avocado on it. To bad we don’t live closer… I’d make you some! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Would you know how many calories are in a serving? Thanks!

  26. Can’t wait to try some of these salads! Yummy!

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