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40 Spring Recipes That Make the Most of This Season's Produce

Pack your meals with these fresh flavors that sing spring.

spring crudite with carrots, cucumber, radish and a white dip
Mike Garten

Spring is arriving, and that means we’re also getting all those gorgeous springtime fruits and veggies. From things like fresh asparagus to crisp baby lettuce to early-season strawberries, spring produce can help transition those cozy winter dishes into something lighter for the new season. These spring recipes include plenty of healthy salads that would be the perfect weeknight side or make-ahead lunch. Or if your family loves a plate of pasta, you can add a touch of spring with some homemade parsley pesto. Take advantage of those first warm spring nights by firing up the grill and cooking chicken, shrimp, or even cheese (yes, you can grill cheese!). These recipes will be the perfect thing for your Easter brunch or Easter dinner, especially when you arrange them around a gorgeous spring centerpiece.

Please any crowd with these spring dishes, including some of the picky eaters you might have at home. Even vegetable haters might have to change their mind once you whip up one of these easy recipes. But there’s plenty besides vegetables to enjoy: we’re talking creamy spreads, lavender-infused desserts, and delicious ham. And just because it’s spring, that doesn’t mean you have to forget about your favorite soups. Additions like lemon and fresh herbs make them perfect for the season.

In addition to making some of these spring recipes, you can also welcome the new season into your life with some fresh home decor or even a pastel manicure. After a long winter, we’re more than ready to welcome spring with open arms.

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1 Spring Panzanella
a close up of green panzanella salad with croutons
Mike Garten

This gorgeous dish brings together lots of spring flavors, like crunchy greens, fresh herbs, scallions and peas.

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2 Parsley Pesto Pasta
parsley pesto pasta on a grey plate
Faith Mason

A big bunch of parsley brings a big dose of springtime freshness to this pasta dish. Top with red pepper flakes for that extra kick.

Get the recipe for Parsley Pesto Pasta »

3 Make-Ahead Smoothies
containers of fresh fruit and a green smoothie
Mike Garten

Mornings just got an upgrade. Freeze your favorite fruits, like strawberries, raspberries, banana, mango and more, and you'll have a delicious breakfast ready to go when you wake up.

Get the recipe for Make-Ahead Smoothies »

4 Roasted Cauliflower Pasta
roasted cauliflower pasta on a white plate
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

Lemon adds the perfect amount of brightness to this pasta dish. Cauliflower, anchovies, capers, and garlic make for a unique pasta dish that's sure to be a hit.

Get the recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Pasta »

5 Fiery Pork Lettuce Wraps
firey pork lettuce wraps on a white plate
Mike Garten

Fresh, crunchy lettuce leaves are the perfect vehicle for flavorful pork seasoned with gochujang, soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, and sesame oil.

Get the recipe for Fiery Pork Lettuce Wraps »

6 Chicken Soup with Spinach and Lemon
chicken soup with spinach and lemon in white bowls
Mike Garten

Who says you can't bring cozy soups into springtime? This one has lots of fresh lemon juice to brighten things up, along with chicken, baby spinach, eggs, and Parmesan.

Get the recipe for Chicken Soup With Spinach and Lemon »

7 Roasted Strawberries
roasted strawberries with a vanilla bean pod

Make the most of early-season strawberries by roasting them with honey, a pinch of salt, and vanilla bean. You can spoon them over brie and crackers for a sweet-and-savory snack, or add them to ice cream for a fruity topping.

Get the recipe for Roasted Strawberries »

8 Grilled Chicken Fajitas
grilled chicken fajitas on skewers
Mike Garten

Take advantage of that first warm spring night to fire up the grill and make these chicken and veggie skewers, tossed with fresh lime and lots of spices.

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken Fajitas »

9 Sugared Lavender Cupcakes
sugared lavender cupcakes with a lavender sprig on top
Mike Garten

These downright gorgeous cupcakes are the perfect way to usher in spring. It's easy to see them as part of an Easter spread or as dessert at any springtime party.

Get the recipe for Sugared Lavender Cupcakes »

10 Roasted Asparagus with Creamy Feta
roasted aspragus with creamy feta on a white plate
Mike Garten

This easy dish brings together salty feta cheese, creamy whole-milk yogurt, and bright lemon zest, all atop fresh roasted asparagus. It comes together quickly, making it the perfect side dish for any meal.

Get the recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Creamy Feta »

11 Spring Herb Frittata
green herb spring frittata on a blue plate
Mike Garten

Don't wait for a special occasion brunch to make this easy, elegant frittata. Short of an herb? Use what you have — it will still taste just as fresh and flavorful.

Get the recipe for Spring Herb Frittata »

RELATED: 60 Best Brunch Ideas To Try This Weekend

12 Pasta Primavera
creamy pasta primavera on a blue plate
Mike Garten

The name says it all. Our sophisticated (yet easy!) version uses an abundance of snap peas, asparagus, shallots and beautifully sweet carrot ribbons (a cinch with a vegetable peeler!)

Get the recipe for Pasta Primavera »

13 Salmon Burger
salmon spring burger with a creamy sauce against a blue background
Mike Garten

Thirty minutes is all that stands between you and this hearty meatless burger made with fresh salmon and crunchy greens.

Get the recipe for Salmon Burger »

RELATED: Unique, Homemade Burger Recipes That Will Satisfy Your Cravings

14 Spring Green Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette
spring salad recipe with apricot vinaigrette on a blue plate
Mike Garten

The best of the season in a bowl. Sprightly cress and butter lettuce get a burst of flavor with feta and a drizzle of sweet-tart dressing.

Get the recipe for Spring Green Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette »

RELATED: 33 Fresh Colorful Spring Salads That Will Make It Easy To Eat Your Veggies

15 Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
greek lemon chicken soup in a bowl
Mike Garten

This creamy (yet dairy-free!) lemony soup is perfect for those in-between days when there's still a bit of a chill in the air.

Get the recipe for Greek Lemon Chicken Soup »

16 Grilled Haloumi
grilled halloumi spring salad on a white plate
Mike Garten

Asparagus, snap peas and tons of herbs are supporting players to salty, savory haloumi cheese. The salad is perfect as a hearty side or a light vegetarian main course.

Get the recipe for Grilled Haloumi »

RELATED: 50 Easy Vegetarian Recipes for the Whole Family

17 Ricotta Gnocchi with Toasted Garlic and Walnuts
ricotta gnocchi with toasted garlic and walnuts
Mike Garten

The beautiful hue of these pillowy dumplings comes from a combo of fresh spinach and herbs.

Get the recipe for Ricotta Gnocchi with Toasted Garlic and Walnuts »

18 Pimiento-Cheese Stuffed Deviled Eggs
pimiento cheese stuffed deviled eggs on a pink plate
Mike Garten

Step up this classic easy appetizer with the addition of peppery cheese.

Get the recipe for Pimiento-Cheese Stuffed Deviled Eggs »

RELATED: Easy Egg Recipes for Your Best Brunch Ever

19 Lemony Asparagus, Beans and Peas
lemony asparagus, green beans and peas on a white plate
Mike Garten

Don't skip the sesame seeds in this green beans, asparagus and peas medley — they really make it.

Get the recipe for Lemony Asparagus, Beans and Peas »

20 Roasted Carrots with Cumin-Thyme Granola
roasted carrots with cumin thyme granola on a blue plate
Mike Garten

Think beyond breakfast cereal: This carrot side dish gets a crunchy topping of spiced granola.

Get the recipe for Roasted Carrots with Cumin-Thyme Granola »

21 Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes with Cheddar
scalloped hasselback potatoes with cheddar in a baking dish
Mike Garten

Potatoes and cheese make for the perfect partner to your Easter ham this year.

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22 Spring Crudités with Herbed Cheese Dip
spring crudités with herbed cheese dip
Mike Garten

Pair spring's finest veggies with a cheesy, herby dip for an appetizer that everyone will fill up on.

Get the recipe for Spring Crudités with Herbed Cheese Dip »

RELATED: Easter Appetizers That Are Gloriously Easy to Make

23 Magic Mini Pavlovas
magic mini spring pavlovas with berries on top
Mike GartenDisney+

Use these meringues (made vegan with a can of chickpeas!) as a canvas for your favorite spring fruit: We love strawberries and rhubarb.

Get the recipe for Magic Mini Pavlovas »

24 Sprigs in a Blanket
asparagus wrapped in pastry dough on a white plate
Mike Garten

The only thing that makes fresh spring asparagus even better is wrapping them in prosciutto and puff pastry.

Get the recipe for Sprigs in a Blanket »

25 Herb-Roasted Root Vegetables
herb roasted carrots and radishes on a white plate
Mike Garten

Rich in color and flavor, these root veggies, dressed in thyme and parsley, are the perfect spring side dish.

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26 Roasted Artichokes with Caesar Dip
roasted artichokes with caesar dip on a white plate
Mike Garten

Serve this perfect spring veggie with a cheesy mustard sauce for the perfect side or appetizer to any spring meal.

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27 Baked Ham with Root Beer Glaze
baked ham with root beer glaze served on a table with white flowers
Mike Garten

No Easter feast is complete without a perfect roasted ham. This one is glazed with slightly spicy soda and grainy mustard. Yum!

Get the recipe for Baked Ham With Root Beer Glaze »

28 Mixed Green and Herb Toss Salad
mixed greens with herbs spring salad topped with soft boiled eggs
Mike Garten

Edible flowers add a touch of spring to this super fresh side dish.

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29 Ruby Red Grapefruit Tartlets
ruby red grapefruit tartlets on a wooden table with pink flowers
Mike Garten

Top these citrus-infused tarts with homemade sugary-sweet meringue.

Get the recipe for Ruby Red Grapefruit Tartlets »

30 Charred Snap Peas with Creamy Tarragon Dressing
charred snap peas with creamy tarragon dressing on a white plate
Mike Garten

Full of the season's finest greens, this salad is the perfect partner to any spring main.

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31 Iced Hot Cross Buns
iced hot cross buns in a blue baking dish
Mike Garten

This traditional spiced pastry is a must-have at your Easter table.

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32 Egg Salad Blini Bites
a dollop egg salad on mini pancakes
Mike Garten

Dollop classic egg salad on top of mini homemade pancakes for the tastiest appetizer ever.

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33 Raspberry Swirl Rolls
raspberry swirl rolls with butter smeared on top in a baking dish
Mike Garten

Step up your breakfast game with these cinnamon-roll inspired buns, flavored with plenty of raspberries and lots of lemon juice.

Get the recipe for Raspberry Swirl Rolls »

34 Green Goddess Carrot Salad
roasted carrots with green goddess dressing drizzled on top
Mike Garten

Dressing roasted carrots with an easy, herby buttermilk dressing brings out their natural sweetness.

Get the recipe for Green Goddess Carrot Salad »

35 Roasted Asparagus and Ricotta Tart
asparagus and ricotta tart served on a decorative dish
Mike Garten

If you want to top this sophisticated veggie tart with crispy pancetta or crumbled bacon to add a little meaty saltiness, we won't stop you.

Get the recipe for Roasted Asparagus and Ricotta Tart »

36 Best-Ever Deviled Eggs
deviled eggs served on a sea green plate
Mike Garten

Use this classic recipe as a canvas for your favorite toppings. Try scallions, chives or a sprinkle of paprika to add a little spice.

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37 Spicy Sesame Sugar Snaps
spicy spring sesame sugar snaps
Mike Garten

We love a side dish with some pep — and this red chile snap pea recipe really delivers.

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38 Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Caper Gremolata
crispy smashed potatoes with caper gremolata served on a white plate
Mike Garten

Swap butter for a flavor-packed garlicky parsley rub.

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39 Glazed Rainbow Carrots
butter glazed rainbow carrots with fresh herbs on top
Mike Garten

This bright carrot side requires just four ingredients — and one of them is optional!

Get the recipe for Glazed Rainbow Carrots »

40 Garlicky Kale and Pea Saute
garlicky kale  pea sauté in a white bowl
Mike Garten

Spicy chile shines through the vibrant green of this veggie-packed side.

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