Spring heralds the best weather and the best spring vegetables – asparagus, green beans, tender fresh herbs, rhubarb, ramps, cabbage, spring onions, baby spinach and peas. As soon as I turn the page on our calendar to March (raise your hand if you’re still using a paper wall calendar), I can’t help but get excited for all the sweet and savory spring food to come. To kick off many weeks of 50-degree weather and finally dry clean your parka (that is, for our friends up north), these quick and easy spring dinner ideas will spice up your meal any night of the week. .
1. Spring pasta for weeknights
Sing the praises of spring with this family pasta recipe filled with seasonal specialties like radishes, asparagus and peas. Recipe developer Eric Kim likes to add bacon for a salty, salty side, but you can leave it out for a vegetarian dinner.
2. Pan-fried chicken with asparagus, almonds and miso butter
A weekday spring dinner should be quick, effortless, and delicious. One-pot meals like this, which call for a pound or two of fresh asparagus, save the day.
3. Nigel Slater’s Mint Pea Soup with Parmesan Toast
This lighter dinner recipe doesn’t skimp on flavor, thanks to plenty of seasonal produce like fresh peas, lettuce and mint. It’s the epitome of spring and the best part is that you can make it ahead of time, saving you time on busy weeknights.
4. Spinach Artichoke Cheesy Frittata with Arugula
I would never say no to breakfast for dinner, especially in a family size like a frittata. You can throw anything and everything into this big egg dish, but take advantage of all the springtime produce available at every turn.
5. Pasta with marinated artichoke sauce
This three-ingredient recipe calls for jarred marinated artichoke hearts, giving you the best springtime flavor any time of the year.
6. Carbonara ramp
It’s ramp season, baby! Blink and you’ll miss them, so stock up while you can and turn them into pesto, pasta, or pesto noodles!
7. Roasted chicken and cabbage on a baking sheet
“A dinner on a griddle suggests a lot: a dinner on a single pan, vegetables cooked with protein, sides with entrees, a complete meal with minimal fuss and cleanup. It’s the convenience of a slow cooker in a fraction of the time,” writes recipe designer Alexandra Stafford. Luckily, she’s mastered the art of a supper on a plate for early spring. Get all the warm, cozy sensations of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs with a nod to the coming season with roasted cabbage.
8. Vegan risotto with asparagus and lemon
Normally you need lots of butter, lots of chicken broth and many of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to make a risotto. But this one relies on a robust vegetable broth and nutritional yeast for an ultra-creamy texture. Lots of fresh lemon zest and blanched asparagus bring this traditionally cozy winter dish into spring.
9. Quick Braised Fish with Baby Potatoes and Greens from Martha Rose Shulman
You can find baby potatoes all year round, but they are really at their best in the spring. Ditto for herbs, asparagus and green beans. Put them together for a complete spring dinner that is both nutritious and delicious.
ten. Lemon halloumi with snow peas and pea shoots
“Welcome the season of leisurely brunches, rosé-filled picnics, and greens galore with this vibrant salad that almost screams, ‘Hello, spring!’ “It’s the time of year when simplicity reigns supreme,” writes recipe designer Asha Loupy.
11. Cashew milk – Braised cabbage with crunchy chili oil
Cabbage spikes around the curtain come on St. Patrick’s Day, as if to say “Hi! I’m here! Remember me?” But for vegetarians who want the comfort of corned beef and cabbage without the meat, there’s this utterly flavorful and super charred preparation of braised cabbage for dinner.
12. Pesto Pasta with Green Beans and Potatoes
The key to a bowl of pasta that makes you want to cry with joy is simple flavors and seasonal produce. For spring, that means classic basil pesto mixed with the shining stars of the season: baby potatoes and green beans.
13. Creamy watercress, pea and mint soup
Watercress deserves to be so much more than the garnish we rely on. Here he finally has his chance to headline this quick green soup for spring.
14. Scallops and peas with mint gremolata
“Soft, buttery and luxurious, but not very expensive, [scallops] can be prepared in a variety of delicious ways and, best of all, are incredibly quick to cook. While they’re great any time of year, I love this fresh, springtime preparation, which balances a trio of vibrant greens with a simple gremolata made with lots of fresh mint,” writes Gail Simmons. Hey Gail, can you cook me dinner every night?
15. Miso Garlic Snow Pea Salad with Pecorino and Mint
If this crisp and crunchy green salad doesn’t get you excited for spring, I don’t know what will.
16. Primavera Green Pasta
Italian-American pasta primavera gets a seasonal spring twist with scallions, leeks, broccoli, green beans and lots and lots of lemon.
17. Creamed Peas with Scallions and Little Gem Chiffonade
I know I’ve talked about spring dinners and entrees, but what about sides to go with something simple and satisfying like roast chicken or baked salmon? I got you. This French-inspired preparation uses fresh peas, Little Gem lettuce leaves and green onions.
18. Roasted prawns and langoustines with asparagus
Langoustines with prawns are as classic as a little black dress or as Frank Sinatra on vinyl. But there’s always room for improvement, isn’t there? Law. To eliminate some stovetop mess, we roasted the prawns (rather than sautéing them in lots of butter and olive oil. Oh, and we added asparagus because it’s spring and why not ?
19. Cook with cabbage
In the spring, cabbage is often overlooked compared to its vibrant seasonal neighbors like ramps and rhubarb. But take a second look: chop up a few cups of cabbage, toss it with South Indian and North African spices, and you’ll never pass it up again.
20. Salad of radicchio and pickled radishes
Spring radishes are paired with hearty winter radicchio for a year-round side salad.
21. stroganoff mushrooms
Depending on where you live in the country, there may still be snow on the ground. If you’re weeks away from blooming tulips and denim jacket days, whip up this cozy stroganoff that replaces the usual chewy beef for mixed mushrooms.
22. Chicken Florentine by Joanna Gaines
Four cups of spinach are used for this creamy chicken recipe, courtesy of Joanna Gaines.
23. Pasta with green pea sauce and lots of pecorino
Enjoy an explosion of spring flavors in both the base of the pasta – we’re talking leeks and fresh mint – and the sauce, which is pea-based (the recipe calls for frozen) and even more mint.
24. Spinach and cilantro soup with tahini and lemon
You can make this vibrant, near-instant green soup with ingredients you tend to have on hand – and come away with something intensely flavored you’ve never tasted before. All thanks to the great author and teacher of “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” Samin Nosrat, and a fateful cleanup she undertook in the desert. — Genius Recipes
25. Hot Honey Chicken with Rhubarb Butter
For those cold spring days when you think you’ll never feel the sun’s rays on your face again, make roast chicken. It’ll have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside – serve it over a bed of baby potatoes and eager green peas for a taste of spring.
26. Spring Fettuccine Alfredo with Green Beans and Tapenade
“Lately I’ve been looking to add new recipes like these to my repertoire for the week, ones that 1) look and taste great, 2) feel like spring, and 3) slip under the yarn on a really reasonable budget,” writes recipe developer Katie Workman. This creamy pasta hits all the marks.
27. Crispy spring salad with spicy Labneh
This energetic and zesty wine celebrates spring in all its beauty. Serve it as a quick side salad or dinner entrée.