They seem to be the essence of summer to me. Salads are cool and crisp. They don't heat up the oven. And because they're quick to prepare, a big salad is often a go-to recipe for me after a long day of being outside in the heat. Summers just seem to be busier and salads fit the bill because they don't often dirty up a bunch of pots and pans.
That was all before my foray into backyard gardening
. Now I realize that lettuces, spinach, arugula, and other greens are all actually spring vegetables. They thrive in the cool temperatures of spring. In fact, summer heat can cause them to grow too quickly. Head lettuces will be tall and lanky instead of growing into nice round heads of lettuce.
I'm trying to keep all this in mind as I garden and eat more with the seasons. There are plenty of warm spring days that deserve a fruity green salad. Spring is the tail end of orange season and while, raspberries aren't considered a spring fruit in most states, you can use high quality frozen berries in this salad as well.