This article originally appeared at The Daily Meal
By Yasmin Fahr, Editor at The Daily Meal

Whether you live in a city with seasons or a sunny place year round, nothing quite marks the coming of spring like the bountiful produce at the farmers market. Especially for those on the East Coast, the bright green spears of asparagus, stalks of rhubarb, and curled fiddleheads are much welcomed after months of root vegetables.

Plus, if you're looking to eat better and make more creative salads, then this is definitely the time to do it. With so many options to choose from, you can easily pull together tasty and filling salads with just a few fresh ingredients. If you're looking to keep the salads vegetarian, adding ingredients like pine nuts or beans is an easy way to bulk up on protein. But these dishes also work well alongside grilled meats or fish for your next barbecue.