Spring has finally sprung! It’s the season that’s all about life, growth, color, freshness, and fitting back into last summer’s shorts—so of course that got us thinking salads. There’s no better way to embrace the change in season than through food, which is why we’ve crafted two new seasonal salads that are sure to liven up your lunch and add a little color to your plate for spring. And did we mention fitting into last year’s shorts?
Ian’s Spinach Salad begins with a healthy dose of spinach that will give you the vitamin and mineral boost you need to start the day off right. Then we throw in some protein with hard-boiled eggs from New Century Farms, right up the road in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Shaved red onions add a dash of bright flavor and color, and mushrooms—which will come from the Madison farmers’ market soon—add a little earthiness. Finally, we toss in some crunch with croutons, house-made from Batch Bakehouse bread. We highly recommend our Bacon-French Dressing to top off the Spinach Salad (because when you’re eating this healthy, you deserve a little bacon).
Also on the spring menu is Ian’s Beet Salad. This warm, hearty salad starts off with a colorful bed of mixed greens including spinach, frisee, and red leaf lettuce. It gets its body from fresh beets, roasted in-house with rosemary and extra virgin olive oil. We then get a little nutty and toss in walnuts for protein, and sprinkle on crisp sliced red onion. This veggie medley is topped off with crumbles of Wisconsin Gorgonzola. For the Beet Salad, may we suggest our Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette. Together, they create a sweet-and-savory flavor combination that tastes a lot like how spring feels, but without the random hailstorms.
Neither of those floating your boat? Don’t forget that you can always build your own! Just bring the inspiration, and we’ll provide the veggies, fruits, nuts, and cheeses. In addition to Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette and Bacon-French seasonal dressings, we are also bringing back Parmesan Peppercorn for the season, which is reason alone to stop in for your salad fix.
If you’ve got spring fever, a fresh Ian’s salad is the sure-fire cure. Enjoy it at the store, or take it to go and find a sunny place to eat. If you’ve got boogie fever, you’re on your own, and good luck with that.