Our food editor’s go-to formula for an easy springtime salad that's perfect for your Easter spread

Sweet, acidic strawberries balance the creamy, savory taste of avocado in a springy, mixed greens salad.

Strawberry Salad with Warm Goat Cheese Croutons Recipe

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The Easter meal, like all holiday meals, is typically loaded with wonderfully rich dishes. Which is why you need a colorful and fresh salad to add a pop of brightness to the table and balance out the glazed ham, deviled eggs, yeast rolls, coconut cake, and all that other goodness.

If you’re looking for a no-fail way to make the best spring salad, try my simple formula. The “recipe” is simply three ingredients tossed together with a tangy vinaigrette. You can use a store-bought dressing or make your own by whisking two parts olive oil to one part acid (lemon juice or white wine or red wine vinegar) along with a little honey and salt and pepper to taste. When tossed in a dressing, these ingredients can stand alone, or you can use them as a jumping off point for other add-ins like cheese or different fruits and vegetables.

Strawberries

Easter usually coincides with the start of strawberry season, when just the sight of ripe red berries is enough to make people smile. Whether pickled, simply sliced, or used in a punchy pink vinaigrette, make fresh strawberries the star of your salad.

Watch: How to Make Strawberry Fields Salad

Tender Greens

Baby greens are also coming into season and are a great match for juicy berries. Baby spinach, arugula, or mixed greens are all good options. Or, if you’re not in the mood for lettuce in your salad, try a handful of torn fresh soft herbs, such as mint or basil.

Something Crunchy

Add a handful of toasted nuts, toasted bread cubes, golden goat cheese croutons, or pickled red onions (or any combination!) to give the salad some much-needed texture. Fresh rhubarb, another classic pairing with strawberries, adds a nice crunch as well.

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