30+Spring Recipes

Spring has always been my favorite time of year.  Nature seems to wake up after the winter sleep.  Green shoots push through the ground and the snow begins to melt.  I know we’re looking forward to spring,  and I’ve trying some new healthy recipes. What about you?  If eating healthier is on your to-do list this year, I’ve got some easy ways to incorporate healthy foods into your diet without sacrificing taste or spending hours in the kitchen.

 

Necessities for Healthy Eating

 

Whole Grains

Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, whole grains can lower the risk of age-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Fiber helps keep hunger and blood sugar in check, aiding in weight management by making you feel fuller faster.

 

 

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Berries

Blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries are rich in antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins, which have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers as well as improve brain function, muscle tone, and balance. When they are not-in-season, keep bags of berries in the freezer for year-round taste and health.

 

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Greens

Greens contain folate, calcium, and other nutrients that support bone health, protect against cognitive decline and help prevent age-related eye problems.

 

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Tomatoes

Certain red fruits — including tomatoes — contain lycopene, an antioxidant compound that helps maintain youthful skin texture and may reduce the risk of some cancer types.

 

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Nuts

Varieties such as almonds and walnuts contain a generous helping of healthy fats, vitamins, and protein that benefit cardiovascular and brain health.

 

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Other beneficial foods include olive oil, red grapes, fish, certain teas and herbs, and spices.  In the next few months, crisp asparagus, tender greens, vibrant spring peas, crunchy fennel, earthy spring mushrooms, spring onions, new potatoes, artichokes, tarragon, dill, strawberries and rhubarb… all will be coming into their peak of flavor. Let’s look at recipes to enjoy all that spring has to offer.

 

 

Breakfast & Brunch

 

I’m a big fan of sheet pan meals. For example, Skinny Taste has a beautiful and luscious sheet pan breakfast of whole grain pancakes and mixed fresh berries with yogurt.   This breakfast/brunch screams spring!

 

 

 

sheet pan pancakes on a try with berries and toppings.

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Let’s not forget my French toast with fruit for a wonderful breakfast or brunch that includes fruit of the season.

 

 

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As the weather warms, a tasty homemade smoothie is perfect.  Antioxidant Berry Delight Smoothie  is just one of many  smoothie treats you can have for your early morning meal or lunch.

 

 

Antioxidant Berry Delight

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You can’t talk about spring food without the ever popular egg.  BBCFood has a great spring breakfast, brunch or even lunch with Curried Broccoli and Boiled Eggs on Toast.

 

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This Dairy-Free Granola Trifle from My Big Fat Happy Life sounds decadent, but it’s actually a healthy meal you could enjoy for breakfast or anytime of the day.

 

 

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Personally, I can eat breakfast food all day long.  Quiche is a perfect example of a breakfast dish that makes a perfect meat-free meal in the evening.  My Asparagus & Tomato Quiche For Easter Brunch welcomes spring with great taste.

 

 

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Salads

 

Like eggs, salads can be made so many ways for taste and fun.  Savory Salad with Grilled Asparagus starts with bright green spring asparagus, add fresh baby lettuces, mushrooms, and tomatoes.  Top with a lemon vinaigrette.

 

 

Savory Salad With Grilled Asparagus

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Denver Omelet Salad is perfect for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or even a light dinner. Start with baby spinach and add tomatoes, eggs, ham, and whatever veggies you like in an omelet.

 

 

 

Denver Omelet Salad

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 Feast at Home’s   Spring Tabouli Salad with Quinoa and Asparagus  is filled with spring veggies, infused with fresh dill, lemon, sliced almonds and crumbly goat or feta (optional). A healthy, flavorful lunch or side dish that can be made ahead.

 

 

Spring Tabbouleh Salad with Quinoa and Asparagus - with your choice of spring veggies, infused with fresh dill, lemon, sliced almonds and crumbly goat or feta (optional). A healthy, flavorful side dish that can be made ahead- perfect for barbecues, potlucks and outdoor gatherings. #tabbouleh #quinoatabbouleh #tabouli #tabouliquinoa #quinoa #asparagus #springrecipes

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Over at BBCFood, they celebrated with a Spring Celebration Salad with new potatoes, boiled eggs, asparagus, and peas.

 

 


Plate of egg, asparagus and lettuce salad with croutons

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Take advantage of the multiple varieties of fresh, vibrant peas this spring when prepping Food Network’s Spring Vegetable Salad with Horseradish and Lemon Vinaigrette.  This is a quick-fix salad which is finished with fragrant herbs.

 

 

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Remember spring strawberries (one of my favorites) with asparagus in  Tasty Asparagus & Strawberry Spring Salad?

 

 

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Greek Farro & Chickpea Salad is a hearty salad filled with greens, whole grains, and great Greek flavor.

 

 

 

lemony collard greens pasta

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White Bean and Veggie Salad, a meatless main-dish salad, combines creamy, satisfying white beans and avocado. Try mixing it up with different seasonal vegetables.

 

 

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Bright carrots and radishes pop in Radish, Carrot & Cilantro Salad, a citrusy salad.

 

 

Radish, Carrot & Cilantro Salad

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Main Dish

 

The perfect meal can be a simple or not-so-simple sandwich.  A Couple Cooks make the perfect egg salad with radishes that spice up the egg salad formula with a bit of crunch and some peppery flavor. Add fresh herbs and you’ve elevated egg salad to an art.

 

 

Egg salad

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Another hearty, meatless meal is Pantry Grain Bowl.  Start with a hearty base of grains or cooked root vegetables or a mix of both. Add a generous serving of greens or other vegetables, cooked or raw, and a protein of some kind, anything from tempeh to a hard-cooked egg to chicken, lentils, black beans or a scoop of tasty hummus.  Add hummus or a homemade dressing and you’ve got a tasty meal.

 

 

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For all the meat lovers Woman’s Day’s Moroccan Chicken Bowl will blow your mind.  Sweet and savory chicken in a bowl of greens and veggies.

 

 

easy chicken dinner recipes - Moroccan Chicken Bowl

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For an easy meal, try One Pan Parmesan Pork with Asparagus. Yummy and only one pan to wash!

 

 

 

 

One Pan Parmesan Pork Chops with Asparagus Recipe Image – an easy weeknight dinner ready in 30 minutes.

Photo Taste and See

 

 

 

When I saw the photo of Pea Pesto Pasta With Brown Butter Scallops, it called to me.  Cozy Kitchen outdid herself with this recipe.

 

 

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Sheet Pan Salmon and Asparagus looks impressive but is easy and oh so tasty. This Keto recipe from Keto Cooking Wins should be on your menu soon.

 

 

 

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Harissa Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner from Taste and See is an easy and flavorful chicken dinner that cooks hands-free in 20 minutes and has fabulous spicy flavor.

 

 

 

Harissa Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

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For a gourmet meal, try Bon Appetit’s Ricotta Gnocchi With Asparagus, Peas, and Morels.  Doesn’t it look heavenly?  What makes it perfect?  No knead dough of course.

 

 

 

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Little Chef Big Appetite’Spring Salad with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette is light, fresh, and perfect for a healthy meal. For added protein serve it with grilled chicken, tofu, salmon, or even a handful of your favorite beans and crusty whole-grain bread or roll.

 

 

 

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Spring leeks and kale marry with gruyere and mascarpone making the perfect balance of decadent and wholesome in Savory Leek and Kale Galette.  

 

 

 

Beautiful and delicious Savory Leek Galette.   Made with a free-formed tender flakey crust enclosing a luscious melt in your mouth succulent filling. Leeks and kale marry with gruyere and mascarpone making the perfect balance of decadent and wholesome! The Galette dough is the secret here! #galette #savorygalette #tart #leeks

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Skirt Steak, Baby Bok Choy, and Zucchini Stir Fry is a quick stir-fry filled with great tastes. This stir fry has the additional flavors of carrots, scallions, garlic and ginger finished with a delicious sauce that has the perfect balance of savory, sweet, sour and spicy.

 

 

Skirt Steak, Baby Bok Choy and Zucchini Stir-Fry – a quick, low-carb one-pot dinner!

Photo Skinny Taste

 

 

 

Appetizers & Treats

 

Last year I did a round-up of  20+ Spring Appetizers which includes variations on deviled eggs.  Dishes with bright colors and flavors of fresh spring veggies and fruit are the star of spring tables.  Today I’ll include a few more finger foods and suggest you read that post for more ideas. For several years, I have tried making healthier appetizers and treats for spring get-togethers. Of course, this isn’t the time for a big get-together, but even small famlies love treats and great taste.

 

 

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Spring is a great time to enjoy the fresh produce of the season and also to pickle some for future enjoyment.  Let’s start with fresh spring asparagus quickly made into a wonderful pickled finger food, Homemade Pickled Asparagus .

 

 

 

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All the spring veggies demand a beautiful soup like Spring Minestrone from Good Housekeeping.

 

 

Spring Appetizers

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Carmelized carrot and onion tart is a pleasure to eat with its great flavor.

 

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Transform store-bought pizza dough into a party-perfect appetizer adorned with tangy goat cheese and whisper-thin strips of asparagus and potato:  Asparagus and Potato Flatbread.

 

 

 

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When I think of spring, I think of bright fresh fruit.  A perfect spring dessert is an easy fruit tart from Delish.

 

 

fruit tart

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Pistachio cake is not only a beautiful natural green because of the ground pistachios, but also it’s wonderfully nutty.

 

 

pistachio cake on a wood and marble cake stand with a slice on a cake server

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If you’re making a spring-time trifle, it really should be filled with strawberries and lemon. Not only is it pretty and light, but Lemon Strawberry Trifle is also vibrant and delicious.

 

 

 

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Spring is in the air and I hope you make use of the delicious produce and pretty decorations to make some delicious and healthy home cooked meals for your family.  My goal was to inspire you to try something new. As always, if a recipe has something you don’t like, substitute. If it is too bland or spicy, adjust the seasoning. Make recipes your own and enjoy the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

19 thoughts to “30+Spring Recipes”

  1. I have started eating healthier too. It is so easy to eat stodgy comfort food over the winter so when the weather warms up I crave fruit and salad.
    Fantastic ideas! x

    1. I know when spring rolls around I crave a good fresh salad. In October and November I’m all about soup and stew. Our bodies have seasons too. Happy Tuesday!

  2. This is an excellent article. I love all of the recipes. My favorites are the stuffed tomatoes and the greens. The pistacho cake is probably very expensive but it looks yummy!! TFS with #aclwcc.

    1. I’m so glad you like the post Louise. You probably can tell from the post that I am a big salad lover.

  3. Such a delight of salads, entrees, appetizers, and dessert for Spring, Carol! The desserts really captured my eye–I am always looking for pretty desserts to serve my book club. Now that we are all vaccinated we may be able to meet again in person and not on Zoom.

  4. I love spring too. It’s such a lovely time of the year.
    There are so many fab spring recipe ideas here Carol, I will definitely be trying some out. I’m a big fan of salads!
    Have a lovely weekend. x

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