All through the winter I have to force myself to eat a salad. Most of the time I don't bother - I just keep roasted vegetables on hand and mix them with whatever meat I'm in the mood for. I eat a lot of stews. A warm bowl of warmth is all I want.
In April I finally got my craving for salad back. I'd say that's the true start of Spring! When I go through a gigantic tub of greens in five days, by myself, it's a good thing.
I still roast vegetables - broccoli, baby carrots, zucchini are Jackson's and my favorites - but my meals are pretty much all salad, all the time. In fact, I usually just throw the roasted veggies on my greens, top it with some chicken/beef/sausage, drizzle with olive oil and call it a meal.
The past couple weeks, though, I've had a favorite salad. I call it a deconstructed pesto salad, which should be self explanatory in a minute.
Deconstructed Pesto Salad
Greens of choice (I like baby kale or arugula for this but you can use whatever you like)
a few basil leaves
Parmesan or Romano cheese
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
protein of choice
Fill your salad bowl with greens. (My "salad" bowl is basically a mixing bowl. I eat big salads.) Rip a few basil leaves into it. Grab a handful of walnuts and throw those in. Spoon on the cheese. Squeeze in some lemon juice. Drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with your protein and mix well.