Salads are a delicious way to showcase springtime produce, as these simple preparations allow the delicate flavors to shine. Here you'll find recipes featuring garden-fresh vegetables, from asparagus and fava beans to English peas and new potatoes.

Some salads are designed as a first course, such as fava beans with pecorino cheese, a favorite combination in Italy. For an elegant beginning to a special meal, serve crab cakes atop butter lettuce and radishes. Or try sautéed scallops with tender spring lettuces and grapefruit segments.

Main-course salads include grilled salmon tossed with steamed baby red potatoes and asparagus spears. Paired with a loaf of crusty bread, this dish makes a satisfying meal.