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Mid-march my family always get antsy for open windows, fresh grass, and chirping birds. I find the best cure for spring fever is to just open your door and usher it in. Once those shamrocks and leprechauns have had their last dance, I am ready to haul all of my spring decor and get to work. The first place to start is the kitchen; specifically everyone's palette. Just as butternut squash and apple cider is to fall, fresh fruit is to spring! Here are some fun and colorful spring salad ideas I've gathered to share with you.

TIP: Check our our Watermelon Bowl or Cantaloupe Bowl for a bright way to kick off breakfast every day. Each crafted using actual fruit molds so they look just like the real thing!
Vegetabowls Watermelon Pineapple Cantaloupe Bowls

Pina Colada Fruit Salad  I'm a sucker for anything with coconut in it. This one uses coconut extract - consider substituting the real thing. By the way, this looks very pretty in our Pineapple Serving Bowl.

Lemonade Pudding Fruit Salad The frozen lemonade concentrate adds a nice tart punch while the dry pudding mix blends with fruit juice for an irresistible texture.

Diced Fruit Salad The latest trend in salad making is chopped salads so why not carry it over to your favorite furit salads? You get more flavor in every bite!

Mountain Spring Fruit Salad An array of blackberries, blueberries, pecans and mixed with whipped cream and artfully arranged over pound cake. 

Cantaloupe, Pineapples, and Strawberries with Mint Dressing Toss together and serve.

Fruit Pizza An oat cake crust paired with yogurt, honey, bananas and berries. 

Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Kiwi, berries, mangoes, and protein-rich Greek yogurt paired with poppy seeds and fresh mint!

Blueberry Peach Fruit Salad with Thyme Ginger, lemon zest, and fresh thyme transform this into anything but your ordinary fruit salad.

Spicy Fruit Salad Turn up the heat with sweet mango, blueberry, strawberry and kiwi dressed in lime and sprinked with chili powder. 

FullyRaw Spring Salad Spring mix, arugula, pecans, kiwi, star fruit, tomatoes, kale and more. This smorgasbord of fresh fruit and greens dressed with strawberry vinaigrette will give you all the pep in your spring step you need!

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