As the weather warms up and our favorite produce makes its way back to farmers' markets, weeknight dinners are so much more fun to make. By utilizing fresh vegetables, fruit, grains, and simple proteins, these easy springtime dinners can be made in a matter of minutes. From grilling lemons to making a fresh herb sauce for pasta, we transform our favorite flavors of the season into family-friendly dinners. 

By Katherine Flynn
March 29, 2017
Credit: Photo: Jennifer Causey

Let these five springtime dinners inspire you for the rest of the season. By preparing simple proteins and honoring fresh produce, you will feel satisfied with these light, refreshing, and rejuvenating dinners.

Credit: Photo: Jennifer Causey

Cod with Herbed Pea Relish

Transform those frozen peas sitting in your freezer into a bright dish that lets simple flavors shine. By keeping the cod plain, the herbs and peas do all the work to make this dinner light and refreshing. 

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Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad

As the weather warms up, it's time to get out the grill. Grilling lemons intensifies their flavor, and they look gorgeous. Paired with asparagus and arugula, what could be better for an easy simple spring dinner than lemon chicken?

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Pasta with Pea Puree

This spring pasta optimizes simple dinners. With just a little mint, lemon, butter and garlic, transform pasta into something you'll be craving all season long.

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Arugula, Egg, and Charred Asparagus Salad

A hint of char on the asparagus adds fantastic complexity to this simple 5-ingredient spring salad. Serve with a slice of multigrain bread spread with goat cheese and a sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper.

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Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Pecans

Strawberries shine in this savory springtime salad. With a hint of vinegar and dash of honey, this simple salad is an easy dinner that can be made in a matter of minutes.