Spring Recipes

From the markets and out of the gardens come the first sweet offerings of the season. Dig in with these delicious spring recipes.

Healthy Spring Recipes

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Healthy Spring Recipes

Enjoy the fresh flavors of the season with dishes that incorporate the jewels of spring. Baby beets, asparagus, artichokes, morels, and more–there's fresh garden bounty and seasonal recipes to remind you that spring has sprung.

First up is Spring Pasta with Fava Beans and Peas. The vibrant colors of spring shine in this elegant, seasonal pasta dish. Choose firm, bright fava bean pods free of black marks—avoid pods on which the outline of the beans inside is pronounced, indicating older favas.

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Roasted Baby Artichokes with Lemon Aioli

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Roasted Baby Artichokes with Lemon Aioli

Ready in just over 30 minutes, this spring side is simple and sophisticated. Look for bright green artichokes with firm, tightly layered leaves with no discoloration. Unlike big artichokes, baby ones don't have an inedible, thistly "choke" that needs to be scooped from the center.

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Roasted Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Poached Egg

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Roasted Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Poached Egg

Pair this light entrée with some roasted new potatoes for a complete and satisfying weeknight meal. 

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Ruby Port and Rhubarb Risotto with Sugared Strawberries

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Ruby Port and Rhubarb Risotto with Sugared Strawberries

Risotto becomes a kind of rice pudding in this dish, with a sweet-tart syrup drizzled over the creamy rice.

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Grilled Asparagus with Caper Vinaigrette

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Grilled Asparagus with Caper Vinaigrette

Briny capers are a lovely addition to Dijon vinaigrette—especially when drizzled on grilled asparagus.

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Spinach, Green Onion, and Smoked Gouda Quiche

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Spinach, Green Onion, and Smoked Gouda Quiche

We like the creamy, custardy consistency of this quiche when it's baked for 35 minutes. If you prefer a firmer texture, bake an additional 5 minutes.

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Morel Mushroom and Asparagus Sauté

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Morel Mushroom and Asparagus Sauté

Blanching the asparagus first helps set its color and texture. To ensure the best taste and cut down on prep time in the kitchen, buy firm, unshriveled morels that are dry, not slimy, and free of excessive dirt.

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Farfalle with Fava Beans, Morel Mushrooms, and Mascarpone

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Farfalle with Fava Beans, Morel Mushrooms, and Mascarpone

You can also use shiitake mushrooms and edamame, good year-round alternatives to spring-time morels and fava beans.

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Brunch Parfaits

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Brunch Parfaits

Assemble everything but the granola and almonds ahead of time, and store in the refrigerator for up to an hour. Sprinkle with granola and almonds just before serving for the optimum crunch.

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Radishes in Browned Butter and Lemon

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Radishes in Browned Butter and Lemon

A quick and easy side to pair with a weeknight main-dish, these radishes taste exquisite when doused in butter and tangy lemon juice.

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Roasted Baby Beets and Blood Orange Salad with Blue Cheese

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Roasted Baby Beets and Blood Orange Salad with Blue Cheese

If blood oranges aren't available, substitute 3 large navel oranges to retain the same fresh flavor in this spring salad.

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Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Penne Salad with Goat Cheese

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Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Penne Salad with Goat Cheese

Make an upscale pasta salad that’s company worthy by combining penne pasta, roasted asparagus, tomato, arugula, herbes de Provence, and goat cheese and tossing with a lemony vinaigrette. Serve immediately or cover and chill for 2 hours for a cold pasta salad.

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Rum-Spiked Grilled Pineapple with Toasted Coconut

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Rum-Spiked Grilled Pineapple with Toasted Coconut

Six ingredients make one delicious dessert in less than 10 minutes.

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Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

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Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Make the chips in advance, cool completely, and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Spring Asparagus Risotto

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Spring Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus popping out of the soil is one of the first signs of spring in the garden. The days are warming up, but the nights are still chilly—an ideal time for warm bowls of rich asparagus risotto. Save the more tender tips for the risotto pieces, and blend the larger chopped pieces of asparagus into the broth used to cook the risotto. Garnish with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, if you like.

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Strawberry-Almond Cream Tart

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Strawberry-Almond Cream Tart

Nestled in a creamy filling and crumbly graham cracker crust, strawberries shine in this delectable tart.

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Fava Bean, Sweet Pea, and Sugar Snap Salad

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Fava Bean, Sweet Pea, and Sugar Snap Salad

Mint and green peas are a classic spring combination. If you're a fan of edamame, use it in place of either the green peas or fava beans.

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Artichoke Galette

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Artichoke Galette

For a light supper and an unforgettable taste of the season, try this stunning galette that pairs baby artichokes with peppery radishes.

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Beets with Walnuts, Goat Cheese, and Baby Greens

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Beets with Walnuts, Goat Cheese, and Baby Greens

Pair roasted beets and goat cheese with crisp baby greens and crunchy walnuts for a salad that almost explodes with flavor and color.  You can prepare the beets up to two days in advance.

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Steak House Pizza

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Steak House Pizza

Wider, less-lobed Eruca sativa varieties, which are more palatable in larger quantities when dressed simply, would be a great topping on this pizza. This is a new take on a “steak and salad with a side of bread” and a fun way to enjoy dinner in a bite.

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Pound Cake with Strawberry Glaze

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Pound Cake with Strawberry Glaze

Look for whole-wheat pastry flour in the baking aisle at major supermarkets. Garnish with additional strawberries and fresh mint leaves.

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Snap Pea and Radish Sauté

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Snap Pea and Radish Sauté

This delicious vegetable sauté pairs well with a variety of protein-based dinners, including salmon, chicken, and beef. Cutting half of the peas in half gives the dish a lovely look, but you can skip that step and leave them all whole, if you like.

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Orzo Salad with Radish and Fennel

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Orzo Salad with Radish and Fennel

Lemony dressing and fresh mint add vibrant flavor to this pasta salad. Serve chilled or at room temperature, and garnish with pretty mint leaves, if desired.

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Strawberry-Mint Sparkling Limeade

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Strawberry-Mint Sparkling Limeade

For a kid-friendly version, substitute 3 cups chilled club soda for the wine. When adding the wine or soda, pour slowly down the edge of the glass to tame the foam.

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Chicken and Spring Greens with Açai Dressing

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Chicken and Spring Greens with Açai Dressing

This salad is a model of nutrition. The greens and onion provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, the pecans add healthy fats, and the chicken is a great source of lean protein, all with less than 300 calories per serving. Açai dressing is rich in antioxidants, but so is any bottled berry dressing.

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Shaved Asparagus Salad with Manchego and Almonds

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Shaved Asparagus Salad with Manchego and Almonds

You don't need to cook asparagus to savor its unique, slightly grass flavor. Here it's delivered au naturel: shaved raw into delicate, elegant curls; dressed in zesty vinaigrette and creamy egg yolk; and punched up with crunchy nuts and salty Spanish cheese.

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Grilled Chicken with Spicy Rhubarb-BQ Sauce

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Grilled Chicken with Spicy Rhubarb-BQ Sauce

When you think rhubarb, you may only think pie, but that's selling it short: The rosy stalk packs enough bright tanginess to transform a variety of dishes. Here, paired with smoky heat and sweet tomato, it makes homemade BBQ sauce sing.

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Pan-Roasted Artichokes with Lemon and Garlic

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Pan-Roasted Artichokes with Lemon and Garlic

With a subtly flavored ingredient like artichokes, sometimes the simplest approach is best. A little roasted lemon, garlic, and fragrant rosemary are all you need to make tender baby artichokes shine.

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Roasted Baby Beets wih Creamy Goat Cheese Dip

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Roasted Baby Beets wih Creamy Goat Cheese Dip

Sweet, earthy baby beets have a natural affinity for ingredients like tangy goat cheese and peppery horseradish. The flavors in this dish are every bit as vibrant as the color.

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Layered Strawberry-Coconut Panna Cotta

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Layered Strawberry-Coconut Panna Cotta

This sweet, creamy treat is a festive, elegant showcase for everyone's favorite spring fruit: ripe, juicy strawberries, served up two ways — sliced and macerated, and cooked into a ruby-red jelly.

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