Asparagus, carrots, spring onions, peas, spinach, artichokes, beets, and more are about to be available in abundance. After months of cooking hearty stews and kale, transitioning to light, satisfying springtime meals may feel intimidating, but if you’re looking to make the most of this season’s offerings, worry no more. We have 20 easy-to-replicate recipes that are perfect for any springtime table.
This slightly sweet soup is filled with spring produce. Its silky and creamy texture is sure to satisfy, and the soup’s bright green color represents everything this season is about.
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This simple side dish is rich in flavor but light enough to pair with any produce. A creamy cheese sauce, a sprinkling of herbs, and a mixture of white and green asparagus are so pretty and fresh that you can’t help but dig right in.
For the Asparagus With Crème Fraîche and Parmesan recipe, click here.
Beets have a beautiful, deep color that looks stunning on any springtime table. Apples help add a bit of sweetness to this earthy vegetable soup, which can be served either hot or cold.
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Spring onions and fresh peas make this seasonal dish a must-have side. A bit of pancetta and butter makes this dish just slightly indulgent but insanely flavorful.
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This paleo-friendly fried latke may be a star of the Hanukkah table, but it’s actually fit for spring. Light in flavor but with a crispiness that will satisfy any salt craving, this dish is a great party appetizer.
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Scallions, carrot, asparagus, and mushrooms pack this dish full of springtime produce. Mixing all of those fresh veggies up with quinoa makes this a hearty, healthy dish.
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Dandelion greens may be intimidating to cook with because of their bitter connotation, but simmering helps to temper their boldness and reveal a delightful flavor. Leeks, another springtime favorite, complete this healthy breakfast dish.
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This basic springtime Italian dish is crispy, so light, and so easy to prepare. Just be sure to buy small, tender artichokes for the best possible results.
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A perfectly cooked piece of halibut is a delicate protein that allows the bounty of a springtime farmers market to shine. Garlic, parsley, asparagus, and spring onions are a light and flavorful picture of everything spring has to offer.
For the Halibut With Asparagus, Spring Onions, and Lemon Thyme recipe, click here.
Roasted carrots may seem basic, but this recipe has a little bit of everything. The sweetness of maple syrup is cut by spicy dried chile and herbaceous rosemary. Multi-colored carrots make this dish a stunning addition to any plate.
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The last citrus of the year adds a mild tartness and sweetness to this creamy, fresh appetizer. Peppery watermelon radishes are counterbalanced by refreshing mint, giving this dish a little bit of every flavor.
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This refreshing salad is a perfect spring side dish. Crunchy, peppery fresh radishes pair perfectly with the cooling elements of mint.
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Nothing is quite as satisfying on warm spring afternoons as an iced dessert. This rhubarb gelato is seasonal, just the right amount of sweet, and beautifully creamy and cold.
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Rhubarb is so frequently paired with another fruit, but this scrumptious pie lets this plant shine in all of its tart glory.
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Just a few simple ingredients help the spring arugula and asparagus to sparkle. A light dressing of lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper keep this dish bright and fresh.
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If you’ve never cooked artichokes before, this easy, foolproof preparation is the perfect way to start. A simple stuffing of breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and parsley make this vegetable the real star.
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Rich in vitamin A and iron, spinach is as healthy as it is flavorful. This hearty green pairs perfectly with cheese, as this delicious (and easy!) tart proves.
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The slight sweetness of spring onions give this soup’s broth a luxurious, light flavor. Protein-packed quinoa and double-sautéed asparagus add substance and depth to this spring soup.
For the Spring Onion and Quinoa Soup With Roasted Asparagus recipe, click here.