Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes ♥ May

Seasonal Soups & Salads for May, a monthly feature ♥ A Veggie Venture
Seasonal Soup and Salad recipes, ideas perfect for the month of May, all from A Veggie Venture's decade+ collection of 1300+ vegetable recipes. May's recipes are mostly veg(etari)an and call for easy-to-find ingredients. Find your early-summer salad (and soup!) inspiration here ...

About May's Recipe Collection

It's spring some places, it's full summer in others. But the point is ... for seasonal cooks, May is a "cusp" month, when winter finally fades and summer begins to show its bountiful face, when we put aside our cold-weather food sensibilities, when our palates and tables really begin to change. It's so exciting!

And hey, for all of you in the southern hemisphere, it's fall and winter, right? So the same things are happening to you, just in the opposite order. You may want to check out the November and December and even January collections, links below. Our world, isn't it so so amazing?!

So May's collection of Salads and Soup (note, not soups, just soup, there's just one soup recipe this month!) is a heady mix of simple salads for weeknights and slightly more labor-intensive salads great for meal prep or weekend fare. I hope you love these ideas! Report back what works for you, won't you please?!

Weight Watchers, you're going to love this collection! There are 6 recipes with zero or one freestyle points! And hey, did everyone see the news that Kitchen Parade's Weight Watchers recipes are now sorted by Freestyle points?! Look for the same upgrade for A Veggie Venture too, it's an active project! So many of my recipes are Freestyle friendly!

A Year of Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes? Now Seven Months In!

January February March April May (you're here) June (to come) July (to come) August (to come) September (to come) October (one more to go!) November December

Quick Lists for May

(click right through or scroll down for more information on why I've chosen each recipe)

SALADS of the Month – May
SUPPER SALADS
Arugula Salad with Smoked Trout & Peach Preserve Dressing 10min/10min – WW5 – PP6 – SP6 – FS3 – NetCarb12
Summer Lentils 40min/100min – WW1 – PP2 – SP3 – FS1 – NetCarb8

SIMPLE SALADS under 15 minutes prep time
Easy Coleslaw with Blue Cheese & Apple 5min/5min – WW1 – PP2 – SP3 – FS1 – NetCarb9
My Favorite New Way to Roast Beets 5min/2hrs – WW0 – PP0 – SP2 – FS0 – NetCarb8
Gorgeous Raw Asparagus Salad 10min/10min – WW2 – PP2 – SP3 – FS2 – NetCarb2
Homemade Thousand Island Dressing 15min/15min – WW0 – PP0 – SP1 – FS0 – NetCarb4

BIGGER SALADS more than 15 minutes prep time
Celery & Chickpea Salad 25min/25min – WW3 – PP4 – SP6 – FS3 – NetCarb13
Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Salad 25min/25min – WW1 – PP2 – SP4 – FS0 – NetCarb16
Lemony Broccoli with Lemon Vinaigrette 25min/25min – WW2 – PP2 – SP3 – FS3 – NetCarb4
Mark Bittman's "Salted" Chopped Salad 30min/30min – WW0 – PP1 – SP1 – FS0 – NetCarb4
Spiral Zucchini Noodle “Zoodle” Greek Salad 30min/60min – WW2 – PP2 – SP3 – FS3 – NetCarb5

SOUP! (vs SOUPS) of the Month – May
Deep Mexico Carrot Soup with Tomatillo & Lime 35min/2hrs – WW2 – PP2 – SP4 – FS2 – NetCarb

BONUS of the Month – May
Never Buy Fresh Herbs Again
How to Shop at a Farmers Market: Thoughts & Tips from a Veteran Shopper

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Seasonal Salads for MAY













Arugula Salad with Smoked Trout & Peach Preserve Dressing

10min/10min – WW5 – PP6 – SP6 – FS3 – NetCarb12

Concept Recipe. Naturally Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly. Super Easy to Make, No Measuring! Works for One to Many.

Arugula Salad with Smoked Trout & Peach Preserve Dressing, another healthy supper salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com.
Salad Greens + Smoked Fish + Easy Dressing + Veggies of Your Choice

For anyone who has a good source for smoked fish ... run get some, now! This high-protein salad is substantial but at the same time, light. I could eat a salad like this almost every night!



Summer Lentils

40min/100min – WW1 – PP2 – SP3 – FS1 – NetCarb8

Great for Meal Prep. Rave Reviews.

Summer Lentils, another healthy salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com.
Lentils + Vegetables + Simple Dressing + Feta

Meal prep people, you probably already know how handy it is to have a pot of lentils around. But if you don't, here's the scoop. It is! During warm weather, I make a pot of lentils every couple of weeks, either "Summer Lentils" or Best-Ever Lentil Salad which is more lentil-y. Both make great bases for mealtime salads, here, they're often a substitute for other protein sources.



Easy Coleslaw with Blue Cheese & Apple

5min/5min – WW1 – PP2 – SP3 – FS1 – NetCarb9

Just Three Ingredients. Potluck Favorite. Weeknight Easy. Comfort Food. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Easy Coleslaw with Blue Cheese & Apple, another easy healthy salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, 3 ingredients + 5 minutes puts salad on the table!
Bag of Slaw + Apple + Bottle of Dressing

Some times, the simplest of salads really hits the spot. I could eat this every single day ...



My Favorite New Way to Roast Beets

5min/2hrs – WW0 – PP0 – SP2 – FS0 – NetCarb8

Meal Prep Favorite. Basic How To. Beet Lover's Go-To. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

My Favorite New Way to Roast Beets, another time-tested meal prep technique ♥ A Veggie Venture.
Beets + Vinegar + Olive Oil + Fresh Herbs

For lots of years, I fixed on one way of roasting beets, My Favorite Way to Roast Beets. Then? I wrote a story about a St. Louis restaurant which roasts beets in a way that gives them a slight pickle. #GameChanger. That's because once you've roasted beets, beet salads are about a minute away. Just check out all the recipes calling for cooked beets in the Beet Recipes, they're marked with a little pot symbol like this one .



Gorgeous Raw Asparagus Salad

10min/10min – WW2 – PP2 – SP3 – FS2 – NetCarb2

Spring Ritual. Kid Friendly. Low Carb. Vegan. Raw.

Gorgeous Raw Asparagus Salad, another healthy spring salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com.
Skinny Asparagus + Simple Vinaigrette

Quick tip, one asparagus lover to another. All asparagus spears are not the same. Fat asparagus are best for roasting. Skinny asparagus are best raw. In between can go one way or the other but they're not as easy to find. So keep your eyes peeled, don't let asparagus season pass without at least one Gorgeous Raw Asparagus Salad!



Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

15min/15min – WW0 – PP0 – SP1 – FS0 – NetCarb4

A Billion Times Better Than a Bottle. Meal Prep Favorite.

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, another healthy salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Never Buy Salad Dressing Again!
Mayo + Ketchup + Few Pantry Ingredients

#NeverBuySaladDressingAgain, yes, it's a thing or at least I hope it will be soon! Check out Never Buy Salad Dressing Again for ideas. So as you develop your own repertoire of salad dressings, be sure to include the bottled favorites. You'll be shocked at how simple their homemade versions are ... and how much better they are.



Celery & Chickpea Salad

25min/25min – WW3 – PP4 – SP6 – FS3 – NetCarb13

Potluck Favorite. Weeknight Easy. Everyday Ingredients. Great Crunch. Easy to Dress Up.

Celery & Chickpea Salad, another healthy salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com.
Chickpeas + Celery + Feta + Simple Vinaigrette

I really love to be the one to bring a salad or two to a potluck: and more and more, I find that the salads go first. People really are trying to make healthful choices! This quick salad is a favorite because it's uses inexpensive, almost-always-on-hand ingredients that people are familiar with and thus don't shy from.



Spiral Zucchini Noodle “Zoodle” Greek Salad

30min/60min – WW2 – PP2 – SP3 – FS3 – NetCarb5

Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Cal. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Vegetarian.

Spiral Zucchini Noodle 'Zoodle' Greek Salad, another healthy salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, a Greek salad gone spiral. It's the salad of the summer!
Zucchini + Tomato + Bell Pepper + Olives + Feta

Calling all you zucchini noodle lovers! Or anyone who's yet to experience the magical conversion of summer squash into "noodles". This combo takes on the substance of a Greek salad, made magical with a creamy feta vinaigrette with, get this!, no added oil! This salad's a big jumble of goodness, you don't want to miss it!



Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Salad

25min/25min – WW1 – PP2 – SP4 – FS0 – NetCarb16

Beautiful Color. Salad or Salad-for-Dessert? Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. No Added Fat!

Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Salad, another healthy salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, an unusual and refreshing salad, a bright mix of chopped fruits and vegetables tossed with no more than salt and pepper and a little cinnamon.
Part Fruit + Part Veggies + Fresh Herbs

So why is is that fruit is almost always "sweet" and vegetables almost always "savory"? We love how "savory" this sweet vegetable and fruit salad is, it's something almost entirely new!



Mark Bittman's "Salted" Chopped Salad

30min/30min – WW0 – PP1 – SP1 – FS0 – NetCarb4

Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. "Vegan Done Real". Great for Meal Prep. Great Crunch. "Keeps."

Mark Bittman's 'Salted' Chopped Salad, another healthy salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com.
Cabbage + Other Vegetables + Salt + Lemon

"Nicer than slaw," says one happy salad maker. "This stuff is delicious," says another. I like it because it's a salad to add to, a day or two after a day or two. Enjoy!



Lemony Broccoli with Lemon Vinaigrette

25min/25min – WW2 – PP2 – SP3 – FS3 – NetCarb4

Surprisingly Substantial. Bright and Springy. Lemony.

Lemony Broccoli with Lemon Vinaigrette, another healthy salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com.
Broccoli + Lemon Vinaigrette

So many of my best (and reader favorite) vegetables recipes start off as happy accidents, made once in a moment of inspiration (and some times desperation!) and then repeated to see if lightning can, indeed, strike twice. If you're no fan of broccoli, a big dose of "lemon on lemon" might do the trick!




Seasonal Soups for MAY



Deep Mexico Carrot Soup with Tomatillo & Lime

35min/2hrs – WW2 – PP2 – SP4 – FS2 – NetCarb

Serve Hot or Chilled. Vegan. Whole 30 Friendly.

Deep Mexico Carrot Soup with Tomatillo & Lime, another healthy soup ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, simple and colorful, served hot or cold. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan.  Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly. And ... delicious!
Sweet Carrots + Sour Tomatillos

So I've been collecting each month's Soups and Salads since November. Up until now, May, there's always been a bunch of soups. Now, for May? It's Soup and Salads! But this one's a winner, quite light and summery, especially good chilled.




Bonus "Recipes" for MAY




Never Buy Fresh Herbs Again



Never Buy Fresh Herbs Again, a DIY challenge ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, how to grow fresh herbs in pots to save money and inspire summer meals.
Pots + Plants + Sunshine + Rain

The return on a few plants is huge, a few dollars up front, fresh herbs all summer long. In this post, I share exactly how I do it, experience built over many, many years.



How to Shop at a Farmers Market: Thoughts & Tips from a Veteran Shopper

Descriptions.

How to Shop at a Farmers Market ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, set your expectations, be a good citizen.
Local Produce + Personal Experience

Shopping for groceries is one thing, buying fresh produce at a farmers market is something else entirely. Here's how to set your expectations and ideas on how to be a "good citizen" in the market.







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Alanna Kellogg
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A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.

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