One Room Spring Tour: Spring Styled Kitchen and Baby Blue Salad Recipe

White Spring Kitchen Tour with Linen Lydia World Market Bar Stools

Even though we are two weeks into April, we are coming off of a weekend where we had to turn the heat on in the house and shed a tear for the flowers we planted prematurely, unknowing to the surprising freeze that was on its way. We are in Georgia but I feel even worse for our friends up north, still seeing snow! You know the saying, “don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want”? Well, I guess the same applies for seasonal decorating because despite the temperature, I have been getting our home ready for spring since Valentine’s Day! We may not have gorgeous blooms filling our yard just yet, but you would never know it by taking a look at the inside of our house. I totally have it dressed for the season I want 😉

I have already started sharing some of my transitional spring spaces such as my living room and my dining room, but when Kathleen at Lindsay Hill Interiors invited me to participate in her One Room Spring Tour, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to share the subtle signs of the season in my kitchen. This week, 25 bloggers will be sharing their spring spaces – one room per day, five bloggers each day. The schedule is at the bottom of this post so you won’t miss a room. If you are joining me from Marg and Liz over at Fancy Farm Girls, welcome and I hope you will visit again 🙂 I absolutely love how those girls can personalize and beautify second hand pieces!

Spring Kitchen One Room Spring Tour

So, now that you’re here and we have literally talked about the weather, let’s move on to how I’m celebrating spring in our most used room, the kitchen. If you follow me on Instagram or have seen my previous kitchen tour post HERE, you know that more than any room in our home, I prefer to keep our kitchen decor minimal and our counter tops free of clutter. Because we eat at our kitchen bar 99% of the time, I have enjoyed setting simple, casual place settings.

Blue and White Casual Place Setting


I have also enjoyed taking a little break from chili and cold weather soups to start bringing out some warm weather salads. One of my all time favs is the Baby Blue Salad, introduced to me by my Aunt Susan. It is the perfect spring side because you can take advantage of those strawberries that are just starting to come in season, the colors are gorgeous and vibrant and everything you want spring to be, and it is DELICIOUS! A huge thank you to my Aunt Susan for bringing this into my life, and to my mom for wrangling the recipe for me. Total game changer. Don’t worry, I will be sharing the step-by-step recipe at the bottom of this post. (That space just off the kitchen is the breakfast nook; you can find my latest update on that space HERE.)

Spring Dinner Prep in White Kitchen

Spring Salad in White Kitchen

I will also be sharing how to whip up these sweet and spicy pecans; perfect for a salad or to keep on hand as a snack.

Baby Blue Summer Salad Ingredients

I have been going for a lot of soft, cool tones with subtle pops of lime green this season. While I use hydrangeas and roses year-round, the blue-white color combo makes my kitchen feel bright and fresh. The beautiful thing about incorporating seasonal touches in your kitchen, is that you can accomplish a whole new look simply by stopping by your grocery store. You can purchase the prettiest florals and fruit that are in season, display them, and voila! You are set.

blue and white hydrangea arrangement in kitchen

With a kitchen that has a neutral backdrop, it is super easy to switch up colors for seasons, gatherings, or just a change in mood. I depend on my island as the central space where most of the changes takes place.

Blue and White Hydrangeas in Neutral Kitchen

Cream Kitchen and Cabinets with Pewter Cabinet Pulls Stainless Steel Vent Hood

Hydrangea arrangement on kitchen island

White and Blue Hydrangeas in Kitchen

Those pops of green I talked about? While I do display fresh fruit also, I have been on a big faux fruit kick for the last several months. Apples, limes, and pears have been making appearances all over my home and I’m pretty sure that trend will continue.

White Kitchen with Cream Cabinets and Dark Hardwood Floors

Between my butler’s pantry, kitchen, and dining room, I like to create seasonal beverage stations, such as this hot cocoa bar I created on a tray table for winter (HERE). I am always on the lookout for fun accessories like colored, patterned straws and paper snack cups. The Target Dollar Spot, Michaels, and World Market are all great sources for cute beverage accessories.

Butler's Pantry with Lemonade and Limes

White Blue and Green Floral Arrangement in White Kitchen

White Spring Kitchen Tour

Neutral Kitchen with Dark Hardwood Floors Spring

World Market Linen Lydia Bar Stools in White Kitchen

Ok, ok, so I am getting to the best part- the food! As a note, the homemade dressing and pecans are both delicious on their own. Even my husband who will usually choose Ranch dressing over a house/vinaigrette dressing can’t get enough of this.

Baby Blue Salad with strawberries oranges and pecans

Spring Salad Baby Blue with Strawberries and Oranges and Pecans

Baby Blue Spring Salad Recipe

  • 2 bags gourmet mixed salad greens
  • 3 large oranges, peeled and cut into thin slices (I substitute Mandarin oranges)
  • 1 qt. strawberries, quartered
  • 4 oz. blue cheese – crumbled
  • *Sweet and spicy pecans (see additional recipe below)
  • **Balsamic vinaigrette (see additional recipe below)

Place greens in a bowl and top with oranges and strawberries. Sprinkle with blue cheese and pecans. Toss with balsamic vinaigrette.

*Sweet & Spicy Pecans

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper

Preheat over to 350°. Stir together 1/4 cup sugar and warm water until dissolved. Add pecans and soak 10 minutes. Drain and discard syrup. Combine 2 Tbsp. sugar, chili powder, and red pepper. Add pecans, tossing to coat. Place pecans on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring after 5 minutes.

**Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 small shallots, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil

Whisk together ingredients except the olive oil. Gradually add olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Whisk continually until blended.

Spring Salad Place Setting



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Questions on counters, floor, tile, and additional sources? Check out my Kitchen Essentials Tour HERE

Thank you for stopping by my kitchen for a little tour and hopefully, a new fresh recipe you can try soon! If you missed any of the other inspiring rooms on the tour, check out the schedule below to see catch up on what you missed and what will be coming tomorrow!

Monday, April 11th – Front Porch

Emily – Eleven Gables | Trinity – c.1934 | Courtney – The Hamby Home | Wendy – Life on the Shady Grove | Becky – This is Happiness

Tuesday, April 12th – Entryway

Sarah – Life on Virginia Street | Summer – She Leaves a Little Sparkle | Kathleen – Lindsay Hill Interiors | Shannon – Fox Hollow Cottage | Randi – Randi Garrett Design

Wednesday, April 13th – Living Room

Erin – Sunnyside Up | Alma – Almafied | Oscar – Oscar Bravo Home | Ashley – House of Five | Megan – It’s a Grandville Life

Thursday, April 14st –  Kitchen

Brittany – Dutchess of York | Annie – Zevy Joy | Marg & Liz – Fancy Farm Girls | Kelley – Kelley Nan | Rachel – Maybe Matilda

Friday, April 15th – Dining Room

Kris – Driven By Decor | Allison – A House and A Dog | Tamara – Citrine Living | Kendra – Momtique | Haneen – Haneens Haven

 Spring Styled Neutral Kitchen with Hydrangeas

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  1. 4.14.16
    Kathleen said:

    LOVE your gorgeous kitchen, Kelley! And the touches of spring are just beautiful! Thanks so much for being part of our tour! Xoxo

    • 4.14.16

      Kathleen, thank you so much and thank you for having me! I absolutely loved doing this with you!

  2. 4.14.16

    I am DEFINITELY trying that salad – it has all of my favorite salad stuffers 🙂 And as always, your kitchen is fabulous. I’m loving that simple spring beverage station with the lemons and limes! It’s always a treat to get a peek into your home Kelley!

    • 4.14.16

      Oh, Kris, thank you! You will love that salad!! I am having the best time, pretending I am your assistant in your ORC 😉 haha

  3. 4.14.16
    Becky said:

    What a gorgeous Kitchen Kelley! Love the little touches of Spring you added and I will definitely be trying your salad recipe…yum!

    • 4.14.16

      Becky, thank you so much! I am still making my rounds but I LOVE your gorgeous blue accented patio! Your apps and drink make me wish it was patio time here RIGHT NOW!

  4. 4.14.16

    Love how neat your kitchen is! Beautiful. As soon as I get home I’m taking everything off my counters!!!! And maybe make that salad!

    • 4.14.16

      Haha, Oscar! You should try it- it really is delish! And, no joke, I think I am going to be doing a moss centerpiece on that island soon, inspired by you 😉

  5. 4.14.16
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    Oh my! The kitchen, the butler’s pantry, the place settings, the flowers…Everything is wonderful! I love that you have included the special recipe as a bonus. I must make the salad again soon–so perfect for now. I will also be trying out the pecan recipe. Love it all!

    • 4.15.16

      Nan, thank you and thank you for wrangling that awesome recipe together! So good- especially on your new salad kick 😉

  6. 4.15.16
    Haneen said:

    Girl, so light and airy and beautiful! Your food pix are so so so good!! Xo

    • 4.15.16

      Haneen, thank you! Depending on that food to give me my punchy, colorful pops 😉

  7. 4.15.16

    Your kitchen is beautiful Kelley! Your pictures are amazing and inviting! You’re a rock star!

    • 4.15.16

      Randi, thank you! I feel like I am being hosted at your home every time you post 😉

  8. 4.15.16
    Bree said:

    Kelley!! I’m totally making that salad dressing! It all looks so yummy:). And your spring decor in here looks fabulous! Love the subtle pops of color and over all just love how bright and airy everything feels!! It’s perfectly dressed up for Spring?

    • 4.15.16

      Bree, thank you! You inspired me with that yellow! And you must make the salad dressing; so so good!

  9. 4.15.16
    Jennifer said:

    Wow Kelley!!! The salad look amazing! All of my favorite ingredients. Can’t wait to make it! I alway love a tour of your kitchen and the blue and white hydrangeas with roses make my spring-loving heart happy!!!

    • 4.16.16

      Jen, thank you! And, you must make it! I am going to be searching my neighborhood for some fresh blooms; my yard certainly isn’t “bringin’ it” yet haha

  10. 9.4.16
    Lisa J. said:

    In complete love with your kitchen! What color are the walls painted? Sorry if it was somewhere in the post, but I searched twice and couldn’t find it.

    Thanks so much!

    • 9.4.16

      Lisa, thank you so much! It is Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams ?

  11. 3.8.17

    YUM!!! This looks so good, can’t wait to try it. I gotta a great summer salad I can’t wait to share with you soon!!

  12. 1.31.19
    Linda said:

    I love your silver tray .. it would be perfect for my dry bar. Where did you get it? Thanks!