Whether you’re a salad lover or reluctantly eat them because you know eating some greens is part of adulthood (raises hand), salads are one of those meals that can be done very right, or very wrong. Unlike pizza (which is basically delicious—even if it’s kind of bad), a well-made salad with seasonal ingredients and tasty dressing is worlds apart from a low-grade deli salad that will bore your taste buds with shredded carrots and basic balsamic vinaigrette.
Whether you’re into eating healthy or keeping lunch light so you can indulge during dinner, these colorful, seasonally appropriate salads will satisfy you and actually make your coworkers jealous. You can do better than tomatoes, cucumbers, and romaine by experimenting with sweet spring fruits, ripe veggies, and filling protein like chicken or chickpeas.
Ready to up your spring salad game? Click through these 25 recipes.