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15 Spring Recipes to Brighten Up Your Table

Published on May 1, 2020
these spring recipes will brighten up your table

Spring is nearly here and with it comes warmer days, longer nights, blooming flowers and an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables. While you can enjoy your favorite ingredients year-round if you opt to buy them canned, dried or frozen, nothing beats the flavor of fresh produce.

Eating seasonally not only tastes better but is better for the environment and for your health — seasonal produce contains more nutrients than its counterparts and, when purchased according to your local seasons, also boasts fewer food miles and therefore less environmental harm.

 

spring recipes to brighten up your table
via Unsplash

 

Seasonal eating is obviously very important, but don’t take our word for it. With these 15 great spring recipes, you can see for yourself! Each of the recipes is light, bright and perfect for spring. They all contain at least one seasonal spring fruit or vegetable, but several contain even more.

If you’re unsure what fruits and vegetables are in season in spring, there are plenty of helpful guides online. That said, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite seasonal options to simplify things for you. These are some of the top produce picks to look out for as we come into the season:

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Broccolini
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Fava beans
  • Herbs
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Strawberries

 

asparagus are a great spring vegetable to cook with
via Unsplash

 

While all of these ingredients can likely be found year-round, they will look and taste their very best during the spring months.

Now that we’ve given you 20 spring ingredients to add to your shopping list, here are 15 unique and delicious ways to use them. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, keto, paleo, gluten-free or free of dietary restrictions, there are spring recipes here that can suit your tastes and preferences.

 

15 Spring Recipes to Brighten Up Your Table

1. Avocado Baked Eggs

Avocados may be in their prime in summer, but their growing season starts as early as late winter, meaning they’re widely available by the time spring rolls around. This avocado baked egg dish is a great way to welcome the beginning of avocado season and warming enough to get you through those chilly early-spring mornings.

avocado baked eggs are a spring recipe to brighten up your table
via Fit Foodie Finds

2. Rainbow Chard and Feta Cheese Börek

Böreks are a Turkish pastry traditionally filled with meat or cheese. But this slightly fresher version also contains Swiss chard, one of the top crops of spring. Whether as a snack or a light meal, this recipe is a lovely way to champion the vegetable.

rainbow chard and feta cheese borek are a spring recipe to brighten up your table
via Green Kitchen Stories

3. Crispy Shallot Spring Rolls With Seared Tofu

The name doesn’t lie — spring rolls are an ideal dish for spring. Especially these, which are filled with tofu and fried shallots, which start to show their heads during this season. When the weather’s too warm to eat, these spring rolls are the solution.

chrispy shallot spring rolls with seared tofu are a spring recipe you must try
via Minimalist Baker

4. Keto Chicken Salad

Both shallots and avocados make an appearance again in this healthy chicken salad recipe. Featuring plenty of protein and very few carbs, it fits well into a keto diet but is delicious no matter your dietary requirements. 

keto chicken salad is a delicious spring recipe to brighten up your table
via Delish

5. White Bean and Spring Vegetable Stew

Who said stew is only for winter? This wholesome, spring-inspired stew is fresh enough to enjoy into the warmer months. It contains asparagus and peas, two vibrant vegetables that are in peak season right around now.

white bean and spring vegetable stew is a spring recipe to brighten up your table
via Bon Appetit

6. Spiced Lamb Kebabs With Fresh Herbs

Herbs like mint and cilantro are nearly synonymous with spring, and this lamb kebab recipe features both. The herbs are used to make a green chutney, which is served with lamb fritters lightened up with the addition of chickpeas.

spiced lamb kebabs with fresh herbs is a spring recipe to brighten up your table
via Food & Wine

7. Greens Mac and Cheese

When you’re craving comfort food but also need to work some nutrients into your diet, this spring vegetable mac and cheese is the perfect solution. It includes broccolini, leeks and spinach for a bold hue that would look gorgeous on your springtime dinner table.

greens mac and cheese is a must try recipe for spring
via Food52

8. Mushroom “Scallops” With Warm Pesto

As noted, herbs are wonderful in spring and this vegan recipe features plenty. Parsley and spinach come together to form a pesto, which is delicious topped with a scatter of seasonal oyster mushroom “scallops.”

vegan mushrooms scallops with warm pesto is a spring recipe that will brighten up your table
via My New Roots

9. Persian Rice With Fava Beans and Dill

Both dill and fava beans come into season in spring, so this rice dish is ideal for the season. The suggested serving method is alongside fried eggs and a yogurt and shallot dip, which would make a tasty spring breakfast or brunch.

persian rice with fava beans and dill is a spring recipe that will brighten up your table
via Epicurious

10. Garlic-Rubbed Pork Shoulder With Spring Vegetables

Pork knows no season, but the addition of herbs, edamame and peas make it distinctly suitable for spring. This pork shoulder recipe is a great balance of hearty protein and fresh produce, which is appropriate for the transitional period from winter to spring.

garlic rubbed pork shoulder with spring vegetables will brighten up your table
via Food & Wine

11. Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Quiche

If you want to create a springtime quiche but don’t eat eggs, this vegan quiche recipe is for you. The custardy, savory tart uses tofu as a base and incorporates artichokes and spinach for flavor, texture and seasonal flair.

vegan spinach and artichoke quiche is a spring recipe to brighten up your table
via Sweet Simple Vegan

12. Sour Cherry and Pistachio Danish

While many fruits don’t reach their peak season until summer, cherries are one best consumed in spring. Aside from eating them, baking is a fun way to use your spring cherries, and this sour cherry danish is no exception.

sour cherry and pistachio danish is a spring recipe to brighten up your table
via Saveur

13. Earl Grey Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

While tea is often enjoyed throughout the year, it doesn’t suit itself as well to the warmer months. But these Earl Grey pancakes do. Featuring lemon and ricotta, they make a light, fluffy and zesty spring breakfast dish.  

earl grey lemon ricotta pancakes are a spring recipe to brighten up your table
via Half Baked Harvest

14. Rhubarb and Ginger Upside-Down Cake

Upside-down cakes often contain apples, most popular in fall, or pineapples, most popular in summer. If you want to make a uniquely spring-inspired upside-down cake, choose rhubarb, which starts to appear in the middle of the season. 

rhubarb and ginger upside down cake is a spring recipe to brighten up your table
via Olive Magazine

15. Honey Frozen Yogurt With Roasted Strawberries

If you’re trying to spring clean your diet but still enjoy a treat every now and then, swap ice cream for homemade frozen yogurt — then throw in some seasonal strawberries for additional flavor and a nutritional punch.

honey frozen yogurt with roasted strawberries is a spring recipe to brighten up your table
via Pixabay

 

Are these spring recipes enough to inspire you to eat seasonally this year? Let us know what you’re planning to prepare first — and if you’d prefer some guidance, book one of our professionally-led cooking classes today.

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