Recognizing Salvation requires that you know what it is, where it comes from, and what it does for you.
God, through Jesus Christ, makes Salvation available to you. It is your desire to be set free that makes it easy to recognize and Jesus tells you in John 8:36 KJV that He can free you from your prison of Sin:
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Your Bible describes this freedom to you. God provided this pathway to freedom by sacrificing His only Begotten Son and this same pathway was provided to those that died before His sacrifice. With His body in the tomb, 1 Peter 3:18-19 KJV says that He went and preached to them, giving them the same opportunity to Salvation and freedom that you have:
 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
You learn in 1 Peter 4:6 KJV that Judgment is fair when Salvation is available to all:
For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Psalm 37:39 KJV says that, when in trouble, Salvation become the source of your strength:
But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
Salvation is righteousness and Psalm 62:6-7 KJV says that in addition being your strength, it is your refuge. Christ, your Rock, is your Salvation:
 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
How comforting to know that Salvation is the only defense you need. Psalm 98:2 KJV tells how the Lord disclosed Salvation to you and the world:
The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen
Openly, Christ faced those that persecuted him and by shedding His blood, He placed Salvation within your reach. Utilizing Paul’s effort, 2 Peter 3:15 KJV explains Salvation this way:
And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother